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12/21/2012

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Putin Shows He's Back in Business

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signaled a return to the classic days of his presidency by presiding over a 4 1/2-hour news conference, which at times resembled a call-in show as reporters from the country's far-flung regions scrambled to pass personal messages to the head of state.

Putin Calls on AAR to Invest TNK-BP Proceeds in Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for the billionaire owners of the Alfa-Access-Renova consortium to invest the $28 billion cash they will get from selling their 50 percent stake in TNK-BP locally.

Q&A: Meat-Maker Dymov Prefers People to Sausage

Come New Year’s Eve, Vadim Dymov’s dacha in Suzdal will be bustling with more guests than on most weekends. The house in the Golden Ring town is an escape for the eclectic entrepreneur, who  founded one of Russia’s most successful meat brands, a bookstore and a line of folk pottery.

Khodorkovsky to Walk Free in 2014

In what might signal a sharp change in fortunes for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, President Vladimir Putin wished the jailed oil tycoon well on Thursday and a Moscow court ruled that he and his former business partner, Platon Lebedev, could walk free in 2014.

Putin Hints He Can't Ban U.S. Adoptions

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signaled that a proposed ban on U.S. adoptions could not come into force for at least a year because of Russia's obligations under a new agreement.

Patriot Causes VAZ Rally

The Moscow Times
Domestic car giant AvtoVAZ fell victim to a curious trickery last week, as fraudulent advertisements placed in the country's biggest newspapers caused a rally of the carmaker's shares.

Medvedev Criticizes Urban Business Climate

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedv criticized Moscow and St. Petersburg city authorities Friday for creating red tape for businessmen.

Duma Passes Controversial Adoption Bill

The Moscow Times
The State Duma passed in its third reading on Friday the "Dima Yakovlev bill" banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children, news reports said.

Usmanov Watching Norilsk Performance with Eye to Increase Stake

The Moscow Times
Alisher Usmanov, the billionaire owner of Metalloinvest, said Friday that his company might increase its stake in Norilsk Nickel if the nickel and palladium giant shows positive results in the future.

NGO First to Test Foreign Agents Registration Rule

The Moscow Times
A local human rights organization has become the first NGO to voluntarily submit an application for being registered as a foreign agent to better understand the practical implementation of the new law regulating activities of nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign funds.

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