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01/17/2012

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In New Tact, Putin Courts Middle Class

Trying to win back the hearts and minds of people he until recently dismissed, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appealed Monday to the middle-class voters who took to the streets in protest last month, to help sweep him back into office as president in March.

Kremlin Makes Concession on Gubernatorial Vote

President Dmitry Medvedev once declared that direct gubernatorial elections would not return to Russia in 100 years, but on Monday he asked the Duma to reintroduce them.

Severstal's Gold Miner Split-Off Is Successful

Steel giant Severstal said Monday that enough minority shareholders agreed to swap the steelmaker's shares for the securities of its gold-mining unit Nord Gold, paving the way for the unit's London listing later this week.

Russians Speak of Bungled Ship Escape

Russian survivors of the cruise liner that capsized off the coast of Tuscany last week, killing at least six, recalled a haphazard evacuation and heaped scorn on the ship's captain, whom the ship's operator has blamed for the disaster.

New Group to Train Election Observers

The liberal opposition Yabloko party and the Moscow Helsinki Group are creating a public organization to finance the training of monitors for the March 4 presidential vote and other elections.

VTB Capital Makes Profit on Lesnaya Plaza

After what it is calling a profitable sale of a Class A office building picked up during the financial crisis, VTB Capital is anticipating that it can replicate the success as economic conditions put more high-quality office centers on the market at lower prices.

3 Parties Win Seats in Kazakh Parliament

Reuters
Three parties won entry to Kazakhstan's parliament, election results showed on Monday, a small concession to democracy by President Nursultan Nazarbayev after deadly clashes in a mutinous oil town shook the Central Asian state's image of stability.

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