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Kremlin Pundit Advocates Change

Igor Yurgens, head of the Kremlin's main think tank, said the country needs a political thaw, like the one under Nikita Khrushchev in the 1960s. But he also praised authorities for controlling the political system, especially outcomes of elections.

Putin Gets Head Start on Duma Questions

When State Duma deputies ask the prime minister about his annual report later this month, Vladimir Putin will know 23 of the 32 questions beforehand, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

Kremlin Eases Vote Rules for Opposition

President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a law that allows opposition parties to field election candidates in regions and municipalities where they have no offices, the Kremlin web site reported.

No Customs Union for Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made clear on Thursday that the former Soviet republic did not want to join a Russia-led customs union, suggesting a free trade deal with it instead.

Hackers Attack Novaya Gazeta

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A cyber attack on Friday paralyzed the website of a popular independent newspaper, days after similar attacks knocked off Russia's most popular blogging site.

U.K. Bribery Act Raises More Questions Than It Answers

The U.K. Bribery Act should be a concern for the nearly half a dozen Russian companies entering or preparing to enter the British stock market, experts said. Punishment for breaking the law includes jail time of up to 10 years and unlimited fines.

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