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07/12/2011

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News Analysis: Vladimir Putin's 2012 Dilemma

Both Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev have repeatedly suggested that they may run in the 2012 presidential election. But neither has announced an official bid, and they have put considerable effort into keeping everyone guessing.

At Least 41 Dead in Volga Boat Tragedy

Combined Reports
At least 41 people have been confirmed dead and dozens more are missing after an aged, overloaded cruise ship sank amid wind and rain in the Volga River, news reports said Monday.

A Banker's Gift Spurs Blind Entrepreneur’s Vision

"I used to think, what can the blind do? But then they fixed my back," said Sergei Ogarkov, finance manager of the Lights of the Lighthouse, a grocery store in northern Moscow.

At Least 129 Dead in Volga River Tragedy

The "Volga Titanic" sank in three minutes with the music still playing, and at least two passing ships ignored survivors, said passengers who managed to reach shore after the weekend tragedy.

Discounts in Elite Housing Rentals Disappearing

Demand for elite housing rentals in Moscow continued to climb in the first half of 2011, according to real estate agencies. Experts expect the market to reach pre-crisis levels by the end of the year.

Fake Medvedev Twitter Account Is Closed

The Moscow Times
A fake Twitter blog of President Dmitry Medvedev that made ripples recently by hinting that Vladimir Putin might be ousted as prime minister has been closed, Interfax reported.

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