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Grain Ban Will Be Lifted in a Month

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's decision to lift a grain export ban in a month caught industry players by surprise, but it is a welcome move that will return stability to the market, a leading grain producer said Sunday.

Abkhazia's Leader Dies in Moscow

Sergei Bagapsh, the "perfect president" who governed Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia for the past six years, died of heart failure in a Moscow hospital early Sunday. He was 62.

Medvedev Pitches a Free Internet at G8

President Dmitry Medvedev pleaded for more Internet freedom at the Group of Eight summit, taking a more liberal line than some G8 counterparts and raising eyebrows among critics who note that Russian authorities have sought to tighten control over the Internet.

Miller Suggests E.On Join in South Stream

Gazprom chief Alexei Miller discussed new "major" projects with E.On on Friday, after he suggested that the German company could join the South Stream pipeline project that will run from Russia to Europe under the Black Sea.

Caspian Chambers of Commerce Meet

The city of Astrakhan is jockeying to gain the "Capital of the Caspian" crown for Russia as the states bordering the world's largest enclosed body of water look to boost mutual trade despite international foot-dragging over long-running territorial disputes.

Rusnano Puts Store and Database Online

The Rusnano nanotechnologies corporation launched a new information portal Thursday that will serve as the first Internet store for nanotechnology products in the country and a source of information on the companies producing them.

Former Ulyanovsk Mayor, 73, Accused of Sexual Harassment

The Moscow Times
The 73-year-old former mayor of Ulyanovsk stepped down Friday as chairman of the local Public Chamber after a 29-year-old United Russia activist accused him of sexual harassment.

Reports: McFaul to Be Named U.S. Ambassador to Moscow

The Moscow Times
Michael McFaul, U.S. President Barack Obama's top adviser on Russia, will be appointed the new ambassador to Moscow, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing anonymous White House sources.

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