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04/24/2012

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Astrakhan Hunger Strike Grows 10 Times Larger

The Moscow Times
Thirty-five people joined the Astrakhan hunger strike that has focused the debate on fair elections, bringing the number of strikers from four to 39 as hope grows that the protesters will soon reach their goal of overturning a mayoral election they say was falsified.

Shein to End Hunger Strike Tuesday

Former Astrakhan mayoral candidate Oleg Shein has announced that on Tuesday he will end his 40-day hunger strike over alleged electoral fraud as his goals have largely been met.

Medvedev Pardons Opposition Icon

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday pardoned a man who had become a lightening rod for the opposition movement after an accident of history led to his imprisonment following a 2009 protest rally.

NATO Bigwig Headed to Moscow for Missile Defense Talks

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow will attend a high-level conference on missile defense in Moscow next week.

One of Cat's 9 Lives Reserved For Politics

The Moscow Times
A Yekaterinburg resident announced Monday that his 3-month-old kitten Bublik would seek to break into Russian politics, inspired by a U.S. Senate bid by a Virginia cat named Hank.

Resetting U.S. Relations in Parts

The government's drive to make more automotive parts locally isn't thwarting a U.S. trade mission that seeks to expand American exports of these same products.

Sberbank Share to Sell After Inauguration

The privatization of 7.6 percent of Sberbank could happen later in the year, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Monday, as expectations that the sale will go ahead before May's presidential inauguration fade.

Travel Operators Face New Fee After More Tourists Are Stranded

Senators may approve legislation this week requiring tour operators to contribute to an emergency fund for people like the more than 130 tourists left stranded in three countries last weekend when their agency apparently went bankrupt.

April Construction Safety Record Dismal

April is turning out to be a catastrophic and tragic month for construction in Moscow, and the spate of fatal accidents and major catastrophes is raising questions about the capital's building oversight.

Siberia Becomes the Birthplace of 4G

MegaFon became the first of the country's big three mobile operators to launch a high-speed 4G network in Russia Monday, choosing the unlikely proving ground of Novosibirsk and a partnership with wireless Internet provider Skartel to start the service.

Opposition Seeks Permission to March to Kremlin

The Moscow Times
Opposition activists have submitted an application to City Hall to hold a rally dubbed the "March of a Million" protesting the presidential inauguration, Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov said Monday.
A student handing out free St. George’s ribbons on Tverskaya Ulitsa on Monday. Russians have worn the ribbon, with three black and two orange stripes symbolizing fire and gunpowder, to commemorate the World War II defeat of Nazi Germany since the 60th anniversary of Victory Day on May 9, 2005.

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A student handing out free St. George’s ribbons on Tverskaya Ulitsa on Monday. Russians have worn the ribbon, with three black and two orange stripes symbolizing fire and gunpowder, to commemorate the World War II defeat of Nazi Germany since the 60th anniversary of Victory Day on May 9, 2005.

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