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Opposition Likely to Lose Khimki Mayoral Race

As the mayoral election polls closed Sunday in this city of 200,000 just north of the capital, the Kremlin-backed incumbent was set to win.

United Russia Heavily Favored in Regional Votes

The first popular gubernatorial elections since 2005 were held Sunday in five regions, with the ruling party's candidates expected to win in all of them after many of the opposition hopefuls withdrew from the races.

Russia Abroad: Rosneft Nears African Pipeline Deal

Rosneft is looking to build a $700 million oil-products pipeline from Mozambique to Zimbabwe in an effort to expand its international reach.

Rights Activists Frustrated by Nobel Peace Prize Choice

Russian human rights activists expressed dismay at the news that the EU will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bigger Is Not Better for X5

A customer who shot and wounded a security guard in a failed attempt to steal a bottle of vodka was probably the least of X5 Retail Group's worries last week. The quarterly report that the supermarket giant published last week shows that it continues to struggle in managing its hypermarkets, reporting a decrease in sales and another closure of a large store.

Ministry Proposes Liberalized Rules for Foreign Executives

The Moscow Times
The Economic Development Ministry has published a draft bill developed by the Labor Ministry that will liberalize migration legislation concerning foreign executives as a result of the country's having joined the WTO.

Dvorkovich Confirms $192M For Drought Relief

The government will distribute 6 billion rubles ($192 million) to farmers hit by this summer's drought that blighted Siberia and Russia's southern regions.

Sobyanin Speaks Out Against Building Many Mosques

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin spoke out against construction of a large number of mosques for the city's booming Muslim population because many worshippers are not Muscovites.

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