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Defense Ministry Orders an Update of the Kalashnikov

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it has suspended purchases of the legendary Kalashnikov rifle and is expecting the manufacturer, Izhevsk machinery plant, to present it with a new model of the weapon.

Gay Rights Rally Assault Charge Is Dropped

A Russian Orthodox activist who beat a reporter at a gay rights rally in front of the cameras has been cleared of criminal charges. Police said a medical examination found no evidence that the reporter had suffered "harm to her health" in the attack.

$3.9Bln Plan to Turn Domodedovo Into 'Aerotropolis'

An ambitious 10-year airport development plan with a third runway, hotels and upgraded rail and road links could see the rise of a de facto new city on Moscow’s southern outskirts, Domodedovo Group managers said Tuesday.

Kudrin Explains Decision To Resign

Ousted Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Tuesday that his resignation was directly linked to the weekend announcement by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev that they would swap jobs next year.

Demographics See Improvement

Combined Reports
The Economic Development Ministry is proposing that the government sell land permits at tenders for investors that seek to build retail, office or industrial space, in order to streamline a cumbersome procedure that can take up to three years going from official to official, Minister Elvira Nabiullina said Tuesday.

Dragnet Laid for Flashy Drivers

The Moscow Times
Moscow police Tuesday launched a weeklong campaign against the use of flashing blue lights by unauthorized drivers, Interfax reported, citing the police's press office.

GRU Spymaster to Lose Job, Report Says

The chief of the military's intelligence service is on his way out after completing a sweeping staff purge that his predecessor refused to conduct, a news report said Tuesday.

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