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United Russia in Key Test for Votes

A nervous campaign that saw activists and politicians pelted with farm produce or beaten will culminate Sunday when over 3,000 regional elections will be held across the country, marking the last test of party strength before State Duma elections.

Moscow Tops New York for Billionaires

Russia nearly doubled its number of billionaires this year, producing 101 of the 1,210 world's wealthiest people, compared with 62 last year, Forbes magazine said in its annual world billionaires ranking.

Court Hears Plea to Ban Nationalist Group

The Moscow City Court opened hearings into a request by prosecutors to ban the country's leading ultranationalist group, but asked for more proof of its wrongdoing.

Duma Rushes to Ease Rules for Foreigners

Foreigners coming to Russia for short visits might soon no longer be required to register with authorities. Legislation currently being debated in the State Duma says they only have to register when they stay longer than seven working days.

Medvedev's Financial Center Gets Top Guns

Nineteen foreigners will become members of a committee of 27 advising President Dmitry Medvedev on how to turn Moscow into a center of international finance. The lineup features top names from Wall Street and the City of London.

Biden Lukewarm on Putin's Visa Idea

In his final public appearance in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday chose to ignore a stunning proposal to cancel visas between his country and Russia and instead stressed how rule of law could attract investors.

Biden 'Opposes' 3rd Putin Term

In an indication that the U.S. White House opposes a third presidential term for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Russian opposition leaders Thursday that it would be better for Russia if Putin did not run for re-election next year, two participants said.

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