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United Russia Wins Regional Vote, But Unconvincingly

United Russia scored an unconvincing victory in Sunday's regional vote with an average 46 percent, leaving analysts in doubt about whether it could perform better in the decisive battle for the State Duma in December.

Suspect in Laundering Ring Held

The Moscow Times
A Master-Bank executive was charged Monday with participating in a money laundering ring that involved state companies and saw a daily turnover of 500 million rubles ($17 million). Industry players say more people are likely to be charged.

Usmanov Forms RusAl Alliance Over Norilsk

The conflict between United Company RusAl and Interros over control of Norilsk Nickel took an unexpected turn on Monday, as billionaire Alisher Usmanov's Metalloinvest announced plans to increase its stake in the nickel producer and help develop the company jointly with RusAl.

Professor Faces Prison for Limonov Ties

The Moscow Times
A St. Petersburg professor faces up to two years in jail over his ties to the banned National Bolshevik Party, RIA-Novosti reported Monday. Andrei Pesotsky is accused of creating a local branch of the party in 2009. The party was banned for extremism in 2007.

Kremlin Mending Fences With Japan

In repairing ties with Japan, President Dmitry Medvedev scrambled to send energy supplies to the devastated country, three planes were dispatched with humanitarian aid, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid flowers at the Japanese Embassy.

Gas and Nuclear Plant Top Agenda of Turkish Premier

The price of Russian gas and the future of several energy projects, including a $20 billion Russian-built nuclear plant, loom over a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow this week.

Japan's Disaster Is 'No Chernobyl'

Health risks from Japan's quake-hit nuclear power reactors seem fairly low, and winds are likely to carry any contamination out to the Pacific without threatening Russia or other nations, experts say.

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