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Moscow Trusts in Quake Diplomacy

As the catastrophe in Japan unfolds, officials in Moscow are setting their hopes on earthquake diplomacy. Officials in Moscow now hope for a rapprochement with Tokyo as Russia focuses on sending humanitarian aid to its eastern neighbor.

No Money for Russian Booker Prize

The country's most prestigious literary award has warned that it may vanish because of a lack of funding. A five-year contract with the award's last sponsor, BP, expired in 2010, and negotiations with possible successors have so far not been successful.

Youth Launch Campaign to 'Stop Guzzling'

Rampant alcoholism is a centuries-old problem for Russia, but the younger generation is bucking the trend, as more and more activists team up to urge compatriots to "stop guzzling."

Payments Bill Threatens Projects

Proposed legislation on a national payment system could prevent the creation of a universal electronic card or an international financial center in Moscow from coming to fruition, according to a new study.

Yamal Could Have LNG Plant

Building an LNG plant on the Yamal Peninsula could be an alternative to supplying natural gas to Europe via the South Stream pipeline project, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said. Turkey has yet to issue the final permit for the South Stream.

'Piracy Lair' Stands Between Russia and WTO Membership

Russia won support in its 18-year WTO bid from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to Moscow last week. But intellectual property violations have long served as a major hurdle to Russia's entry, as reputed piracy lairs in Moscow remain standing intact.

Extradition Manual Introduced

Rights groups presented on Thursday the first-ever guidebook for people facing unlawful extradition from Russia — which is known for its readiness to hand over fugitive activists to oppressive Central Asian regimes.

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