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Putin Quits United Russia and Urges Medvedev to Take Control

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev seemingly completed their job swap Tuesday when Putin announced that he would hand over control of his United Russia party to Medvedev after both trade their government positions in May.

Monorail to Be Dismantled After Unprofitable 8 Years

The Moscow Times
The above-ground monorail system linking the orange and gray metro lines in the city's northeast will likely be closed and dismantled after an unsuccessful run of just eight years.

Medvedev Says Political Reforms Will Make Government Stronger

The Moscow Times
In a speech Tuesday to the Cabinet and the country's governors, President Dmitry Medvedev said reforms he initiated to ease rules for registering political parties and to reinstate direct gubernatorial elections will strengthen and improve government.

Medvedev Outlines 'Ideology of Development'

Outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev, who is set to become the next prime minister, signaled in a speech Tuesday that taxes would not increase in the near term.

Gudkov Calls for Leftist Groups to Join Forces

Senior A Just Russia party heavyweight Gennady Gudkov joined forces Tuesday with a group of party deputies to lay the groundwork for creating a united alliance of leftist forces.

Up to 6 Gubernatorial Campaigns This Fall

The Moscow Times
Gubernatorial elections could be held for between three and six regions this year if a law to return direct elections for governors is passed.

City Hall Approves May 1 Opposition Rally at Bolotnaya

The Moscow Times
Moscow City Hall has approved an opposition march and rally in central Moscow on May 1, when a pro-Kremlin labor march is also scheduled.

As More Hearings Await, Mavrodi's Apartment Stripped

The Moscow Times
The MMM pyramid scheme founder's lawyer said everything had been taken out of his client's apartment, "even [his] books," and accused authorities of fining Mavrodi without cause.

MICEX Says Crash Won't Be Repeated

The Moscow Times
The MICEX Index said Tuesday that technical problems were to blame for its sudden shutdown the night before, but that alterations to its equipment have now been made to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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