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06/01/2012

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Putin's Foreign Policy Goes on the Road

In a symbolic gesture, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday arrived in Minsk to pay his first foreign visit as head of state to controversial Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

Fridman Wants Big Change at TNK-BP

TNK-BP co-owner Mikhail Fridman said BP's Soviet-born partners are urging the British company to return to talks about changing the proportion of the 50-50 partnership.

Foreign Staff for Sochi Olympics

The Moscow Times
Foreigners would be able to work at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics under a special amendment to employment law currently being considered in the State Duma.

Gazprombank Pulls Suits in Executive's Crash

The Moscow Times
Gazprombank has called off a series of defamation lawsuits it filed against bloggers and news outlets that reported a road accident in which the company's vice president's car severely injured a 2-year-old boy in April.

City Mistakenly Plants Marijuana Field Instead of Lawn

After the city spread soil containing "grass" seeds around the Brateyevo metro station, a field of marijuana plants sprouted up instead of a lawn.

Mayor Critical of Mayoral Reform Bills

The Moscow Times
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin suggested easing requirements for mayoral candidates contained in two bills before the City Duma after opposition politicians complained that the laws would leave them little chance to mount campaigns.

Duma Deputy Robbed at Ritzy Hotel

The Moscow Times
State Duma Deputy Gennady Gudkov was robbed at the upscale Hotel National across from the street from the Kremlin after a conference, Gudkov said Wednesday evening.

Police Arrest Young Men for Murder of Japanese Motorcyclist

The Moscow Times
Investigators say two men aged 20 and 21 stabbed a Japanese motorcyclist to death in order to steal his belongings.

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