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07/11/2011

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Rumblings of Political Activism Among Russia's Bikers

Leather. Hard rock. Disdain for traffic rules. Cruising on a highway. Wind in the face, and maybe the occasional beer belly. There are many associations with the biker subculture, but political activism is not on the list.

Some in Duma Irked After Record Session

United Russia oversaw the approval of a record 264 federal laws and three constitutional amendments during the State Duma's spring session, but the other three parliamentary factions complained that their input had been all but ignored.

Gazprom Asks China to Prepay

Gazprom is demanding an advance payment of up to $40 billion from its future Chinese customers in the latest twist to negotiations over gas supply contracts estimated to be worth $700 billion.

High-Tech Investment Funds Getting Fashionable

A new equity fund was launched on Friday, enabling local retail investors to buy shares of domestic and foreign Internet companies amid growing interest in the sector.

Sverdlovsk Brawl 'Not Ethnic Conflict'

Investigators denied on Saturday that ethnic tensions were behind a mass brawl in a Sverdlovsk region village where locals fended off an attack by visitors from Yekaterinburg, most of them purportedly Caucasus natives.

Ex-Prosecutor Cleared to Name Names

The Investigative Committee scored another victory in a turf war with the Prosecutor General's Office on Friday when a Moscow court authorized a plea bargain for a suspect who might implicate prosecutors in a gambling scandal.

Businessman Gets 3 Years for Nearly Bankrupting Moscow Region

The Moscow Times
A Moscow region court has sentenced a mastermind of a 30 billion ruble ($1 billion) embezzlement scheme that brought the region to the brink of default in 2008 to three years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 500,000 rubles ($18,000).

City to Spend $1.25M on Tourism Ads

By Maria Bozhovich / Vedomosti
City officials will launch an advertising campaign and modernize tourism services to make Moscow more attractive to travelers.

Dubai Frees 2 in Yamadayev's Killing

The Moscow Times
Two men convicted in connection with the 2009 killing of former Chechen strongman Sulim Yamadayev were freed from prison last week and deported from Dubai, news reports said.

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