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Astrakhan Electrifies the Opposition

Astrakhan became a new rallying cry for the country's fledgling protest movement Monday when key opposition figures called for support of a 25-day hunger strike of mayoral candidate Oleg Shein in the southern city.

Update: Activists Attempt March, Set Up Tents in Astrakhan

Udaltsov Detained Outside Astrakhan's Office in Moscow

Housing Activists in Belarus See Progress in Meeting With Official

The Moscow Times
A land use dispute between residents of the Uruchye-2 district just beyond the northeastern border of Minsk and local authorities reached a high point Friday when community organizer Valentina Malyutina met with Vladimir Makei, head of the Belarussian presidential administration.

Disputed PIK Shares Unfrozen

The Moscow Times
A Cyprus court removed limitations from 8.29 percent of shares in PIK Group that belonged to Holborner Services and were later frozen under an application filed by Forienst Investment, which is owned by PIK co-founder Kirill Pisarev.

Defense Ministry Asks to Quadruple Housing Budget

The Moscow Times
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has proposed to quadruple funding by 2014 for construction of housing for the military in a letter to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

Syria 'Settlement Process' Being Negotiated

A Russian diplomat said Monday that Moscow was working with the Syrian authorities to seek an end to violence and the start of talks with their opponents.

Kyrgyzstan Tries TV in Transparency Effort

The Associated Press
Authorities in Kyrgyzstan began testing members of the new anti-corruption agency on live television Monday in a bid to display an unusual level of transparency.

Interest Rates Unchanged on Inflation Risk

The Central Bank kept its key interest rates unchanged on Monday, highlighting rising inflationary risks but again signaling that it considered current rates to be appropriate for the coming months.

Skolkovo to Join Moscow in July, President Says

Just days after future Moscow region Governor Sergei Shoigu said he wasn't sold on the idea of expanding Moscow's boundaries, President  Dmitry Medvedev and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin detailed the city's expansion plans.

Survivor of Siberia Crash 'Found' After Mixup

The Moscow Times
A passenger listed among the deceased was discovered alive in a Tyumen region hospital a week after a deadly plane crash that killed 31.

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