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05/06/2011

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‘Russian Obama’ Abandons United Russia for Rival

A native of Guinea-Bissau who has become the poster child for United Russia's Volgograd region branch said Thursday that he quit the ruling party for its rival, A Just Russia.

'Spy' Novelist Spared Treatment

The Moscow City Court on Thursday canceled compulsory psychiatric care for ex-career diplomat Platon Obukhov, putting a formal end to one of the country's most bizarre spy cases 15 years after it started.

Medvedev Snubbing Beslan Mothers Talks

President Dmitry Medvedev at the last minute dodged a meeting with mothers who lost their children in the bloody Beslan crisis, possibly fearing that they would criticize his patron and predecessor Vladimir Putin.

$5.5Bln in Gas Taxes Envisioned

The Finance Ministry is looking to collect additional billions of dollars by raising taxes on the natural gas industry, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Thursday.

EU Ecology Will Halve Oil Imports

The European Union will seek to halve its overall fossil fuel imports by 2050 under a new strategy presented in Moscow on Tuesday. The strategy envisages annual investments of 270 billion euros ($400 billion) in improving energy efficiency.

State Says Domodedovo Too Global

It has been struck by a suicide bomber, lashed by ice storms and suffered a plane crash in the last six months, but accusations leveled against Domodedovo this week could have more ominous consequences for the country's most successful airport.

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