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Rosneft Gets Final Say in BP Tie-Up

Rosneft finds itself in a peculiar position this week after an international arbitration tribunal decided to give it the last word on a $16 billion tie-up — not with BP as it had hoped but with TNK-BP, a rival that it has expressedly not wanted to work with.

Putin Forming Pre-Vote ‘Front’

Non-United Russia politicians of all stripes have united to denounce an initiative by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to form a nonpartisan group as little more than a ploy to save the ruling party from defeat in December's parliamentary elections.

2 Dozen Khimki Defenders Detained

Riot police roughly broke up a protest over the destruction of the Khimki forest, briefly detaining two dozen activists and beating one so badly that he required hospitalization, environmentalists said.

Smog Jitters Start as the First Fires Break Out

As warm weather revives memories of the smog that choked the capital last summer, the Emergency Situations Ministry has offered assurances that it has control over the source of the pollution — burning peat bogs and forests in the Moscow region.

Foreign Real Estate Gains Popularity

Russians buying real estate abroad tend to purchase property in Europe for investment purposes and are seeing up to 12 percent annual returns, a real estate agency said last week.

Record 20,000 Troops but No May 9 Jets

This year's Victory Day parade was graced with the presence of top state officials, veterans dressed in uniforms decorated with colorful ribbons and medals and Anna Chapman, but in a change from recent years, less military hardware and no warplanes.

Mironov Urged to Resign

Combined Reports
United Russia has called on Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov to resign as tensions between pro-Kremlin parties rise ahead of December's State Duma elections and the 2012 presidential vote.

2 Nationalists Jailed for Killing Lawyer

The Associated Press
An ultranationalist was sentenced to life in prison, and his girlfriend received an 18-year sentence for the brazen daylight killing of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and a Novaya Gazeta reporter.

Demolition Wrecks Permits for All

By Yulia Petrova / Vedomosti
Moscow authorities canceled all previously issued permits for demolition or partial dismantling of structures in areas containing historic buildings, in response to the illegal demolition of the Kolbe house on Bolshaya Yakimanka Ulitsa by Capital Group developers.

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