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08/29/2012

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Wife of Opposition Activist Gets 8 Years on Drug Charges

A court in Smolensk has sentenced the wife of an opposition political activist to eight years in prison on drug-related charges, even though the prosecution had asked the court to give her half that amount of jail time.

Russia Hopes APEC Forum Will Facilitate Trade Shift Toward Asia

The government expects the upcoming forum of Asia-Pacific businesspeople and country leaders in Vladivostok to help attract investment to Russia and remove suspicions about the country's efforts to invest abroad.

Renowned Pianist Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Cancer

The Associated Press
Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home.

State Companies to Spend $131Bln on Innovation by 2020

Vedomosti
The Economic Development Ministry has published innovation programs for state corporations that say they will spend 4.2 trillion rubles ($131 billion) by 2020 on the effort, though it seems not all the spending is really related to innovation.

Asseco Delays Listing, Mulls Takeover

Reuters
Asseco Poland, Eastern Europe's top software maker, put off its planned Nasdaq listing until at least next year and instead set its sights on a Russian takeover to expand its business.

E.ON Values Gas Deals With Novatek at $22Bln

Reuters
E.On Russia said Tuesday that it had put the value of gas supply deals with natural gas producer Novatek at 702 billion rubles ($22.04 billion).

Senator Tells EU to Fight Crisis by Easing Visas

The Moscow Times
A senator on Tuesday urged the European Union to tackle its economic troubles by easing visas for Russian citizens.

Chirikova, Showered With Fake $100 Bills, Fears Nothing

Combined Reports
Environmentalist and protest leader Yevgenia Chirikova had not even made it to the Khimki election headquarters to register as a candidate before opponents ran up and showered her with fake $100 bills as she spoke to reporters.

Belavia Jet Carrying 163 Skids Off Runway

The Moscow Times
A Belavia jet carrying 163 people skidded off the runway while landing Tuesday at an airport in the far northern Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.

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