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Prokhorov Eyes Foreigners and Putin’s Job

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov seized the reins of the pro-business Right Cause party with ambitious plans to expand direct elections, to coax foreigners unhappy with the climate at home to invest in Russia, and to perhaps become prime minister.

Medvedev Backs Matviyenko for Senate

President Dmitry Medvedev has backed Valentina Matviyenko, the increasingly unpopular St. Petersburg governor, as the new speaker of the Federation Council in what one State Duma deputy called "an exotic but logical" development.

United Russia ‘Recycling Monopoly’ Assailed

The United Russia party should not be allowed to form a monopoly on waste processing and recycling, Kremlin economic adviser Arkady Dvorkovich said Friday.

Medvedev Tells Duma to Cut Threshold to 5%

President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday submitted a bill to the State Duma that would return the threshold to win Duma seats to 5 percent from the current 7 percent, the Kremlin said.

New Options Ease Local Film Funding

The domestic film industry will become more attractive for private investors after an independent organization is created this year to ensure that projects are completed and a new investment fund is set up to provide financing for a local project.

Ministry Fights Forest Fires With Crosses

The Moscow Times
The Krasnoyarsk branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry has turned to two-meter-tall Orthodox crosses to fight fires raging across Siberian forests.

Berlin Holds 2 in Caucasus Case

The Moscow Times
Berlin police have confirmed the arrest of two Russian citizens on suspicion of belonging to a North Caucasus terrorist group, news reports said.

Russia Joins EU's Nuclear Stress Tests

The Associated Press
Russia and Ukraine are among seven nations that will join an EU nuclear stress test program to examine whether nuclear power plants can withstand accidents and disasters.

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