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Moscow Silent Ahead of Key Georgian Vote

When Georgia elects a new parliament Monday, the small South Caucasus nation is likely to get the most global attention it's received since its 2008 war with Russia.

Mutko Doubles World Cup Costs to $19Bln

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday that preparations for the 2018 World Cup would cost 600 billion rubles ($19 billion), about double the estimate that then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave when Russia was awarded the monthlong football tournament in 2010.

Working Group Supports Closing Entire Websites

The working group responsible for defining the rules to accompany the law restricting Internet content that goes into effect next month decided last week to continue pressing for blocking whole websites rather than individual Web pages.

Rogozin's Rodina Party Reinstated

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin did not attend Saturday's reunification of his nationalist Rodina party, but the re-emergent bloc is likely to become his political vehicle.

Eyewitness Report: Activists Flee From Police Bus After Rally

Five people were detained Saturday at an unauthorized rally in support of political prisoners, with three of them managing to flee brazenly from a police bus without being rearrested.

Government Tweaks Energy Efficiency Law

The Moscow Times
The government has approved a wide-ranging package of amendments to existing legislation in an effort to address hiccups in the country’s stalled energy efficiency strategy.

Dvorkovich Warns of Baikal Plant Closure

The Moscow Times
The Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill will "almost certainly" be closed in the near future.

Foreign Ministry 'Concerned' After Finnish Authorities Seize Russian Children

The Moscow Times
The Foreign Ministry said Sunday that it was "seriously concerned" over the seizure by local authorities of four children from a Russian citizen living in Finland.

Traffic Police Detain 236 Drunk Drivers in 24 Hours

The Moscow Times
Moscow traffic police were out in force over the weekend, detaining more than 230 motorists in 24 hours for drunk driving, city traffic police said Sunday.

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