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04/15/2011

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Outspoken Coach for Disabled Athletes Fired

After Russia's worst-ever Olympic performance in Vancouver last year, it was the paralympians who saved the day for Russian sports. But a year after the triumph, bureaucrats in at least one provincial city still have no use for disabled athletes.

NTV Takeover Not Celebrated

You won't hear about it on television, but this Friday, Russian media mark a milestone date. Ten years ago, the flagship private channel NTV was taken over by state-owned Gazprom.

Rosneft Gives BP a Month to Resolve Legal Wrangle

BP won a last minute reprieve for its stalled $16 billion oil exploration deal in the Russian Arctic on Thursday as state-owned Rosneft gave the British major a month's grace.

Moscow Police Find 'Underground Town' of Migrant Workers

Moscow police have raided an old bomb shelter that illegal migrants working at a secret defense industry plant have turned into an underground village, complete with a shop and a mosque.

Farm Subsidies, Mine Safety Top Topics at Cabinet Meeting

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attacked the Agriculture Ministry for delays in transferring 25.9 billion rubles ($917 million) in state subsidies to farmers ahead of the spring sowing season. Only half of the funds have reached the farmers, he said.

BRICS Rails at Financial Status Quo

President Dmitry Medvedev and other BRICS leaders called for sweeping reforms of international financial mechanisms, including possibly displacing the U.S. dollar as the world's major trade currency, but there were few actions to match the words.

WWF Unimpressed by Ban on Chukotka Bear Hunting Quota

The Moscow Times
A government decision not to lift the country's long-standing ban on hunting polar bears this year has more to do with a lack of mechanisms to reign in poaching than with preserving the endangered species, the World Wildlife Fund said Thursday.

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