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07/09/2012

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High Heel Race Kicks Off in Moscow

The Moscow Times
Several dozen women strapped on their high heels to compete in a foot-blistering race for the chance not only to earn glory, but to look glamorous while doing it.

Duma Votes to Ease Visa Rules With U.S.

The bureaucratic burden on Russian and American travelers is set to lighten next year after the State Duma voted Friday for a less onerous visa regime between the two countries.

Cherney, Deripaska Face Off in London Court Over RusAl

Reuters
A battle over a $1 billion stake in United Company RusAl, the world’s top aluminum producer, comes to London next week, as two billionaire magnates go head to head in one of the largest ever commercial disputes to be fought in a British court.

NGO Bill Questioned

Questions are mounting about the definition of "political activities" in a bill that aims to tighten the screws on foreign-funded NGOs after it passed its first reading in the State Duma.

Duma Postpones Ratification of U.S. Adoption Pact

The Moscow Times
The State Duma on Friday postponed a vote on ratifying a long-awaited adoptions treaty with the United States that proponents hope will help combat abuse by U.S. foster families.

Flood Disaster: 'Nobody Told Us Anything'

Flash floods swamped the southern Krasnodar region over the weekend after two months' average rain fell in a few hours, killing at least 153 people and wreaking costly damage to infrastructure.

AAR Goes for Half of BP's Stake in TNK-BP

Bloomberg
BP's billionaire partners plan to bid for half of the British oil producer's 50 percent holding in Russian venture TNK-BP, rather than buying the entire stake, valued at $32 billion last year.

14 Russians Killed in Ukraine Bus Crash

The Moscow Times
A bus crash in Ukraine over the weekend killed 14 Russian citizens, prompting Russian authorities to send two planes to evacuate survivors Sunday.

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