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03/19/2012

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NTV Film Provokes Opposition Fury

Dozens of people were detained over the weekend in a series of Moscow protests fueled by a pro-Kremlin documentary on state-run NTV television that suggested protesters have been paid to take part in opposition rallies.

Strategy Focuses on Middle Class, Asia

An independent group of advisers, tasked by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to recommend policies the government should follow for the next eight years, revealed its findings on Friday, proposing social and economic programs target the emerging middle class as a driver for the country's development.

Duma Fast-Tracks Bill on Party Registration

Opposition leaders are bracing themselves for a new law that many expect will lead to a mushrooming of political parties in the country.

U.S. Seeks to Release $50M for Democracy

A United Russia Duma deputy accused the United States of "fighting our country," after the Obama administration said it would boost funding for civil society and democracy in Russia.

Sberbank Sets Record Dividend

Sberbank announced Friday that it intends to reduce the number of state representatives on its board of directors and recommended that dividends for 2011 be paid at 15.3 percent, a post-Soviet record.

3 Militants Killed in Caucasus Clash

The Moscow Times
Three militants driving a car loaded with guns and explosives were killed in a firefight with police in Kabardino-Balkaria after authorities tried to pull them over.

Police Nab 3rd Suspect in Pussy Riot Show

The Moscow Times
Police have detained a third suspected member of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot, whose members have been targeted by law enforcement officials for their participation in an unsanctioned performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral last month.

Prosecutors Seek Borodin Extradition

The Moscow Times
Prosecutors said Friday that they had asked the British government to extradite former banker Andrei Borodin — a move that could nudge him to seek political asylum.

Defense Ministry: Unlike U.S., No Anti-Depressants for Soldiers

The Moscow Times
A Defense Ministry official took a swipe at the U.S. practice of treating soldiers with anti-depressants, noting that the Russian military, in contrast, does not use medication to treat psychological health issues.

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