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06/25/2012

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Alexeyeva Dumps Presidential Rights Council

One of the nation's most prominent human rights activists has resigned from the body after the Kremlin introduced a method of selecting members that includes a poll by Internet users.

Moscow Ranked Last for Doing Business

A new World Bank survey ranks Moscow the worst of 30 Russian cities in which to do business.

'Reset' With U.S. Looks Rocky at Panel Discussion

While the U.S. delegation  lauded the "reset" with Russia at a  panel at the St. Petersburg forum, Russian executives criticized American imperialism and griped about visas.

Privatization Promised, But Little Understood

Privatization was a hot topic at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum last week with President Vladimir Putin devoting a significant part of his keynote address to the issue and a new government decree updating existing plans.

Arshavin Apologizes for Russia's Quick Exit From Euro 2012

Combined Reports
Russia captain Andrei Arshavin has apologized for his team's disappointing showing at Euro 2012 after coming under heavy criticism at home.

Ombudsman Titov to Seek Khodorkovsky's Release

Bloomberg
President Vladimir Putin would send a positive signal to investors with the release of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky as part of an amnesty for people convicted of economic crimes, said Boris Titov, Putin's new commissioner for business rights.

Protests Are the 'New Norm,' Shuvalov Says

Reuters
Political protest is the “new norm” in Russia, and the government has to have a dialogue with the rising middle class.

BRICS Ready to Take Steps to Increase Say in IMF

Reuters
Major emerging economies may set up a joint anti-crisis fund if they do not receive enough say in decision making at the International Monetary Fund under proposed voting reforms.

Helicopter Shipment Heads Back to Syria

Reuters
A ship carrying Russian helicopters to Syria, which turned back after its insurance was cut, is expected to resume its journey accompanied by at least one other vessel.

Putin Seeks Clout on Mideast Trip

Reuters
Arab ambassadors delivered a clear message to Russia's special Middle East representative this month as Syria's envoy watched in silent discomfort: You are on the wrong side of history.

Mordashov Says Severstal to Expand Customer Base Rather Than Holdings

Reuters
Severstal will focus on expanding the customer base for its current plants in the United States rather than buying other factories in the country.
High school students celebrating their graduation with a light show complete with fireworks and a frigate on St. Petersburg’s Neva River early Sunday.

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High school students celebrating their graduation with a light show complete with fireworks and a frigate on St. Petersburg’s Neva River early Sunday.

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