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Stereotypes Fuel Jackson-Vanik

In Washington it's an uphill struggle to change perceptions of Russia, as many American lawmakers remain ignorant of the economic, technological and infrastructural development that their former Cold War opponent has gone through.

After Waffling, Matviyenko Agrees to Lead Senate

Three days weren't enough for St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko to make up her mind. But a closed-door Kremlin meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev did the trick Tuesday.

With Russia’s Backing, Lagarde Elected to IMF

With Russia’s support, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was elected Tuesday as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde will start her five-year term on July 5.

Bourses to Merge Soon and Float Before 2014

The MICEX and RTS stock exchanges are likely to finalize their $4.8 billion merger in the coming days with the goal of floating the joint company in an IPO before 2014.

Police Want Money to Offer Rewards

The Interior Ministry has asked the Cabinet to allocate 280 million rubles ($10 million) per year to pay for information that will allow police investigators to solve crimes, Izvestia reported.

In Soviet Relapse, Critics Sent to Psychiatric Hospitals

In the Soviet Union, dissidents were labeled schizophrenics, thrown into psychiatric hospitals and drugged just for questioning the government. It wasn't until the Soviet demise that officials grasped the difference between criticism and mental illness.

Kremlin Envoy Calls for End to Syria Violence

The Associated Press
A Kremlin envoy told Syrian opposition members on Monday that "leaders come and go," an apparent signal to President Bashar Assad that he cannot count on Russia's unconditional support as he struggles to contain more than three months of protests demanding his ouster.

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