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04/18/2011

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Mironov Steps Down in Surprise Just Russia Shakeup

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov abruptly stepped down as leader of the Just Russia party over the weekend, sparking speculation that he was vacating the spot for another heavyweight like Russia's NATO envoy, Dmitry Rogozin.

Lavrov Eases Libya Stance, But NATO Rift Stays

A critical rift between NATO and Russia over a European missile shield appeared to ossify Friday, even as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov toned down Moscow's criticism of the alliance's military operation in Libya.

BP's Dudley Is on Geographic Board Along With Putin

Embattled BP chief Robert Dudley took a trip to Moscow on Friday to attend a meeting of the Russian Geographical Society, headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Bashneft Kick-Starts Work on Trebs, Titov

Midsized oil company Bashneft won a crucial jump-start for its development of the lucrative Trebs and Titov oil fields Friday when it signed a cooperation agreement with LUKoil, which will receive a 25.1 percent stake in the project.

Kudrin Vows to Save Oil Windfall

Reuters
Windfall oil revenues will be directed to special funds this year to keep market liquidity levels at bay and avoid the risk of higher inflation, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.

New Video of Tax Official's $40M Fortune

Real estate in Dubai and Montenegro. Regular first-class travel. Millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts. Russia's second-best country house. And all made possible with an annual household salary of less than $40,000.

2nd Court Official Sees Yukos Pressure

Combined Reports
A second former court official has accused the Moscow City Court of interfering in a lower court's trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky — even as the Supreme Court awarded the jailed former Yukos CEO a minor victory.

Putin Asks United Russia Not to Talk About 2012

Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told leaders of his ruling United Russia party on Friday to focus on December parliamentary elections and not get "excited" about the 2012 presidential vote.

Jail Terms for Expat Beating

The Moscow Times
Banker Matvei Urin and seven other defendants were jailed Friday for beating a Dutch executive linked by bloggers to a daughter of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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