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06/29/2012

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There Will Be Many More Muscovites on Sunday

On July 1, Moscow will expand to become 2.5 times its current size, and hundreds of thousands of Moscow region residents will become residents of the capital proper.

New Moscow Statistics in Brief

Under State Pressure, Deputy Sells Private Security Business

Gennady Gudkov, the opposition leader and State Duma deputy, said Thursday that he had been forced to sell his private security company "for a song" after coming under Kremlin pressure.

Lavrov Says Russia Will Not Oust Assad

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday rejected claims that Russia would push for Syrian President Bashar Assad to cede power amid escalating violence.

Rolls Opening Another Moscow Showroom

Combined Reports
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is opening a second showroom in Moscow, making the Russian capital one of two cities in the world with more than one dealership for the luxury cars.

NGOs Must Register as 'Foreign Agents'

Foreign-funded NGOs involved in “political” activities must register as “foreign agents” or risk hefty fines and imprisonment under a new bill backed by the nation’s ruling party.

Gazprom to Maintain Dividend, Despite Likely EBITDA Drop

Combined Reports
Gazprom will maintain its dividend at a historically high percentage of net profit, despite concern that core earnings could shrink by at least 10 percent as a result of a planned tax increase.

Putin Wants the Economy to Adapt to WTO

Combined Reports
President Vladimir Putin called for the country's three-year budget to contain measures to help the economy adapt to the country's accession to the World Trade Organization this year.

Baturina Flies In for Questioning

The Moscow Times
Yelena Baturina, wife of former Mayor Yury Luzhkov, flew to Moscow on Thursday to face questioning by investigators over million-dollar loans her former company received from Bank of Moscow.

Latvia Makes 100 for Globe-Trotting Clinton

Reuters
he small Baltic nation of Latvia took on outsized importance for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, becoming the 100th country she has visited since becoming the top U.S. diplomat — more than any of her predecessors.

Plans for $3Bln Metal Production Plant Announced

Reuters
Russia could team up with foreign investors to build a new steel complex worth 104 billion rubles ($3.15 billion) in the rust-belt region of Chelyabinsk.
A new Kremlin wall — of sorts. A fence blocks off Lenin’s mausoleum and part of the real Kremlin wall on Thursday as scientists test the ground to prevent changes such as erosion. The area will be closed until July 9. The mausoleum was last closed for 10 days in March for preservation works on Lenin’s body.

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A new Kremlin wall — of sorts. A fence blocks off Lenin’s mausoleum and part of the real Kremlin wall on Thursday as scientists test the ground to prevent changes such as erosion. The area will be closed until July 9. The mausoleum was last closed for 10 days in March for preservation works on Lenin’s body.

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