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Kudrin Defiantly Declares He's Ready to Quit

Vladimir Putin's carefully orchestrated plans to return to the Kremlin have hit a roadblock with Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin's refusal to work in a Cabinet led by Dmitry Medvedev, possibly leaving him with the dilemma of choosing between the two men for prime minister.

U.S. Expects 'Reset' to Carry On With Putin in Charge

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration said Saturday that the "reset" in relations with Russia would remain on track despite Vladimir Putin's expected return to the presidency next year.

Just Russia, Communists Finalize Bids

Two left-leaning parliamentary parties, A Just Russia and the Communists, held their pre-election conventions on Saturday, approving nonflashy electoral lists in the shadow of United Russia's political show at Luzhniki.

Navalny Says It’s Theater, But Personal

In a rare public appearance outside Russia, anti-corruption campaigner, lawyer and blogger Alexei Navalny told a packed auditorium at the London School of Economics last week that his motivation comes from within.

With a Hug, Putin Launches Kremlin Bid

It was the hug that sealed the deal. President Dmitry Medvedev left the stage to thunderous applause after announcing Saturday at a United Russia convention that he endorsed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's return as president. More than 11,000 United Russia delegates and supporters, clearly delighted with the news, stood and clapped as Medvedev walked back to his seat next to Putin in the middle of the sixth row.

Ukraine Readies Pipeline Management Reform

Ukraine's proposal for Gazprom and European Union companies to play a role in managing its natural gas pipelines could enter the spotlight again when EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger arrives in Kiev for talks this week.

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