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10/23/2012

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Foreign Ministry Slams U.S. on Human Rights

A senior Foreign Ministry official harshly criticized United States authorities Monday for alleged human rights abuses while presenting a report on human rights in foreign countries.

TNK-BP Deal a Boon for State, Welcome Sign for Foreigners

Rosneft’s deal to take over TNK-BP masterfully achieves the dual purpose of strengthening the state’s hand in the oil industry and showcasing its benevolence to foreign capital at the same time.

Russian Lawmakers to Observe U.S. Elections

When Olga Alimova flies to Washington next month, it will be the first time the Communist State Duma deputy visits the United States.

UN Agency Says Opposition Activist Disappeared While Seeking Asylum

The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that detained opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev mysteriously disappeared after seeking assistance at its Kiev office last week, lending credibility to allegations that he was abducted.

Burger King Aims to Grab Market Share

Burger King is looking to catch up to its Western fast-food rivals in Russia and increase its market share, arming itself with an ambitious plan for opening restaurants.

Russia Must Pay Yukos Security Chief $12,000

The Moscow Times
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Russia has to pay 9,500 euros ($12,355) in damages to a former Yukos security chief for trial violations.

Some Foreigners Face Mandatory Russian-Language Tests

The Moscow Times
Foreigners who work in certain sectors will be required to pass a basic Russian-language test under a bill that the State Duma approved Tuesday in a key second reading.

Investment and Business Climate Rankings Up

When Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took the podium at the Customs and Business Conference on Tuesday, he spoke about tweaking customs rules as one way to improve the business climate.

Governor Urged to Apologize for Comments About St. Petersburg Residents

The Moscow Times
Lawmaker Vadim Tyulpanov advised St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko to apologize for derogatory comments he made about the city's residents after they sparked a major scandal, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Duma Passes Treason Bill Affecting NGOs

The Moscow Times
The State Duma on Tuesday tentatively expanded a legal definition of treason to enable prosecution of individuals who collaborate with "international organizations" suspected of compromising national security.

Investigators Wrap Up Case Against Policeman in Politkovskaya Murder

The Moscow Times
Investigators wrapped up a criminal case against a former police officer suspected of being involved in the murder of prominent Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya, amid criticism from her family over authorities' handling of the case.

Yevkurov Denies Persecuting Opposition Leader

Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov on Tuesday dismissed allegations that his administration is persecuting a local opposition leader.

Analysis: Pension Reform Spells Disaster for Asset Management Sector

Reuters
A government plan to slash compulsory retirement savings threatens to cripple the nascent asset-management industry without fixing a hole in the state pension budget, industry players and economic experts warn.

Ukrainian Detainee Turns to Romney for Help

The Moscow Times
A Ukrainian citizen kept in pretrial detention in New York for the past five years has turned to U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for help in his case, hiring a single-engine plane to fly over the city with a banner reading, "Romney, help!"

Dubrovka's Former Hostages Seek Justice 10 Years On

As Russia prepares to commemorate one of its darkest anniversaries — the Dubrovka Theater raid that claimed 130 lives — former hostages and their families are continuing to fight for truth and compensation.

Angry Drivers Called Threat to Health of Police Force

The Moscow Times
Moscow's traffic jams are not only an annoyance for drivers but a health hazard for the traffic police officers who have to deal with the "negative energy" generated by drivers, a top government doctor said.

Drunk Driver Hits Transneft Chief's Son-in-Law

The Moscow Times
A 21-year-old student has been arrested in connection with a weekend crash that maimed the son-in-law of Transneft president Nikolai Tokarev.

Police Freeze $400M Linked to Former Bank of Moscow Chief

The Moscow Times
The Interior Ministry said Tuesday that it has frozen more than $400 million in foreign bank accounts owned by former Bank of Moscow president Andrei Borodin.

Suicide Blast Kills One in North Ossetia

The Moscow Times
A suicide bombing killed a police officer and injured four other officers early Tuesday at an internal border checkpoint in North Ossetia.
Leaves lying on a car in the Patriarch’s Ponds neighborhood in central Moscow. After brushing the foliage off the windshield, the car’s owner may soon have to deploy an ice scraper, as the first frost of the season is expected later this week, with a low of minus 1 to 3 degrees Celsius forecast for Wednesday night.

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Leaves lying on a car in the Patriarch’s Ponds neighborhood in central Moscow. After brushing the foliage off the windshield, the car’s owner may soon have to deploy an ice scraper, as the first frost of the season is expected later this week, with a low of minus 1 to 3 degrees Celsius forecast for Wednesday night.

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