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06/04/2012

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Russians Push 'Land Bridge,' New Line to Vienna

A new wide-gauge railway line to Vienna could be a key part of Russian plans to build a Eurasian “land bridge” between China and Europe.

Kazakh Leader Blames 'Terror' for Border Deaths

Reuters
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said he believed a "terrorist act" caused the deaths of 14 border guards and a civilian at a border post on the frontier with China.

Putin Denies Russian Role in Syrian Violence

Combined Reports
Under mounting international pressure, President Putin denied that Moscow is fueling bloodshed in Syria with arms exports and that Russia unilaterally supports the Assad regime.

New Powers That Be

Take a look at the new government with this chart showing the composition of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's new Cabinet.

Medvedev Tweets Pictures of Cat, Quashing Escape Rumors

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has posted pictures of his cat Dorofei, quashing rumors that swirled in March that the cat gone missing, prompting ridicule and laughter at the feline's daring escape.
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1,000 Night Cyclists Hit the Street to Learn About War and Architecture

The Moscow Times
About 1,000 cyclists hit the streets in the sixth Moscow Bike Night on Saturday, cruising around the capital while listening to a broadcast lecture on the War of 1812 and Moscow architecture.

In Belarus, Putin Puts Emphasis on Economic Ties

In his first trip abroad since reclaiming the presidency, Vladimir Putin promised to extend more credit to Belarus as both countries agreed to accelerate joint economic projects including the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Prominent Businessman Shot Near FSB Headquarters

A prominent business leader was shot and wounded by three masked men in the heart of Moscow on Friday — just steps away from FSB headquarters.

Amid Uncertainty, TNK-BP Keeps Production High

Reuters
Troubled crude producer TNK-BP was the main driver behind Russia's oil-output growth in May as a result of production ramp-up at new fields.

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