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03/22/2011

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$1.6Bln Military Tender Scrutinized

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service promised an investigation Monday after a Moscow-based military unit kicked off several tenders offering a whopping total of 46 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) to private contractors to maintain its fleet of foreign-built cars and buses.

Competing Bills Muddy the Waters Over Oil Spills

Two competing bills are adding to the confusion around regulation of Russia's offshore oil industry, to the frustration of both oil companies and environmentalists.

Gates Assures Moscow on U.S. Missile Defense

The Associated Press
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday took a final personal shot at easing Moscow's worries over a missile defense shield in Europe and to expand a military relationship that has grown dramatically since his Cold War days at the helm of the CIA.

Pirate Party Refused Registration Over Name

In a bizarre twist, the Justice Ministry has failed to distinguish between sea rovers and copyright infringers by refusing to register the Russian version of the Pirate Party, a global movement with seats in the European Parliament.

Moscow's Financial Rank Low

A biannual report compiled by the London-based think tank Z/Yen and released Monday suggests that no one should be holding their breath over Moscow's transformation into an international financial center.

New IEA Chief Counts on Russian Contacts

Maria van der Hoeven, who is taking over from Japanese Nobuo Tanaka at the International Energy Agency, said her experience in dealing with Russian government officials and Gazprom executives would affect her new work "in a very positive way."

4 Held in Slaying of Frenchman

The Moscow Times
Two Uzbeks are suspected of killing French winemaker Thierry Spinelli, his Russian wife and their 3-year-old daughter after quarreling about remodeling work in April 2009.

Mobile Apps Finding Their Place in Russia

Russian software makers and business people are beginning to recognize the important role of mobile applications for the new generation of smartphones. Last year, about 8 billion applications were downloaded globally, and some experts predict 20-fold growth by 2015.

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