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Nebulous Future Weighs Down Space Program

Sitting on a bench dressed in a blue bathrobe, veteran cosmonaut Alexander Laveikin is relaxing after an after-work tennis match with his friends, all of them former cosmonauts who took part in many Soviet space missions.

Lukashenko Rejects Execution Outrage

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko rejected Western outrage at his country’s decision to execute two young men for a deadly bombing in the Minsk metro, insisting that they received fair trials.

S&P Takes Mixed View of Direct Gubernatorial Elections

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Marina Salye, 77, Early Putin Critic, Dies of Heart Attack

The Moscow Times
Marina Salye, a staunch critic of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with a long-running political career, died Wednesday morning from a heart attack at the age of 77.

Space Industry Contractor Calls On Agency Head Popovkin to Resign

The Moscow Times
A fight appeared to be brewing in the space industry Wednesday, as state-financed Russian Space Systems published an open letter on its website calling for the resignation of space agency head Vladimir Popovkin, after Popovkin hinted publicly that contractors were dissatisfied with his reform efforts.

Skolkovo Ready to Back Green Ideas

Two government agencies are linking arms with the Skolkovo Innovation Center to offer small companies and academic teams the chance to sell their energy-efficiency technology throughout Russia in the government’s ongoing modernization effort.

Yusufov to Bid on Refineries

A former Russian energy minister is planning to bid for three refineries owned by bankrupt oil refiner Petroplus, a source close to the matter said, giving hope to workers who fear refinery shutdowns and potentially dashing rivals' expectations that industry overcapacity might be reduced.

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