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10/08/2012

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Putin's Birthday Marked With Praise and Protests

Senior government officials lavished praise on President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, his 60th birthday, paying tribute to his qualities as leader and saying he rescued the country from disaster.

New Cargo Plane Nears Market Entry

Russia has moved closer to commercial production of a military transport aircraft that will rival the Boeing C-17 Globemaster.

FBI: Workers Hid Scheme to Sell Russia Electronics

The Associated Press
An FBI agent testified Friday that employees at a Houston company were coached to hide information about the cutting-edge microelectronics the firm was buying from U.S. manufacturers and later illegally reselling to Russian military and intelligence agencies.

Mayoral Candidate 'Beaten Unconscious'

The Moscow Times
Police are looking into allegations that an opposition mayoral candidate in the Moscow region town of Voskresensk was beaten unconscious in broad daylight.

Court Sides With Controversial Inventor

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court on Friday refused to ban the production and sale of water filters by controversial inventor Viktor Petrik despite evidence that the devices are ineffective.

Ministry Mulls Hiring Foreign Pilots

The Transportation Ministry is considering throwing the doors open to foreign airline pilots in a bid to tackle a growing shortage of qualified fliers in the Russian skies.

Bank Drops Navalny Card Project

Alexei Navalny’s plans to launch a debit card that donates a percentage of all transactions to his anti-corruption work have been frozen after the bank behind the project pulled out.

McFaul Condemns Threats to Human Rights Researcher

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul has condemned a series of anonymous threats against a prominent human rights researcher that sent a chill through the human rights community and brought back eerie memories of violent attacks on activists in recent years.

Police Deny Finding Bomb Near Domodedovo Airport

The Moscow Times
Police on Sunday denied reports that an explosive device had been found in a bus station near Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

Pensioner Blows Himself Up on 70th Birthday

The Moscow Times
A pensioner in the southern Kabardino-Balkaria republic blew himself up on his 70th birthday Sunday after doctors diagnosed him with cancer.

Orthodox Church Gives Priests Freer Rein in Politics

Reuters
The Russian Orthodox Church has established rules for priests seeking elective office, a church representative said, despite a ban on almost all political activity by the clergy in a country that considers itself secular.

Putin Clinches 30-Year Military Base Deal in Tajikistan

Reuters
President Vladimir Putin oversaw the signing of an agreement extending Russia's military presence in Tajikistan for 30 years, ensuring that Moscow will be able to secure the southern fringes of its former Soviet empire after NATO troops leave Afghanistan.

New Georgian Cabinet Expected Monday

Reuters
Billioniare Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won a majority of parliament seats in Oct. 1 elections, plans to unveil a Cabinet on Monday with him in the post of prime minister.

Central Bank Keeps Rates Flat

Reuters
The Central Bank kept key interest rates unchanged at its monthly policy meeting on Friday, but future rate hikes remain likely given the bank's emphasis on inflationary risks.

Sechin Courts Foreign Capital in London

Reuters
Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin met investors in London on Friday, launching a charm offensive by Russia’s oil industry, which is trying to court foreign capital after a decade in which it became almost synonymous with resource nationalism.

AvtoVAZ Posts $23M H1 Net Profit

Reuters
Carmaker AvtoVAZ made an underlying net profit of 700 million rubles ($23 million) in the first half of the year, compared with a 500 million ruble loss in the same period last year despite a fall in vehicle sales.
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