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12/19/2012

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Bill Seeks to End Election of Governors

A bill that could once again abolish direct gubernatorial elections, which were reinstated this year, was submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday by members of the majority United Russia party.

Kudrin Lashes Out at Medvedev's Cabinet

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin on Tuesday castigated Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet as inefficient, but he rejected speculation that he would come back to the government in the near future.

Coping With Cancer: Desperate Patients Seek Care Abroad

Maria Gritsai had run out of options. Having been diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer, treated with chemotherapy, and told by her Russian doctors that there was nothing more they could do, the 35-year-old Moscow region resident decided to look abroad for treatment.

Deputies Threaten Harsh Measures Against U.S.-Linked NGOs

As the State Duma considers a bill countering the U.S. Magnitsky Act, a group of lawmakers is threatening to add a provision that would massively increase pressure on nongovernmental organizations they believe to be meddling in domestic politics.

Adoption Ban Faces Wave of Criticism

A growing chorus of senior government officials and ordinary citizens have publicly denounced a ban on U.S. adoptions proposed by pro-Kremlin State Duma deputies.

Vnukovo Airport Launches $1.4Bln Terminal

The authorities might have deemed Christ the Savior Cathedral as inappropriate for a Pussy Riot performance, but they have chosen it as the venue to celebrate the opening of Vnukovo Airport's long-awaited $1.4 billion Terminal A.

Crew Blamed for Superjet Crash in Indonesia

The Associated Press
Pilot error caused a Russian-made passenger jet to crash into an Indonesian volcano seven months ago during a demonstration flight, killing all 45 people aboard, the National Commission on Safety Transportation announced Tuesday.

Rights Activists to Draft List of Violators to Help U.S.

Reuters
Rights activists said Monday that they would draft a list of the country's most flagrant human rights violators to help the United States identify individuals it could systematically deny U.S. visas under a new law.

Gazprom Neft Unit to Build Wind Farm in Serbia

The Moscow Times
A Gazprom Neft-controlled energy company will help build Serbia's first wind farm, the company said.

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