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09/23/2012

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BP Confirms Desire to Up Rosneft Stake

Rosneft chief Igor Sechin said BP had proposed to buy more Rosneft stock and further invest in Russia if it cashes out of its troubled existing partnership in the country.

Treason Bill Gains Momentum

The State Duma tentatively approved a bill on Friday to broaden the legal definition of high treason, seen by human rights groups as part of a continuing crackdown on foreign-funded organizations in Russia.

U.S. Says United Russia Took Aid Funds

United Russia officials bristled at an accusation by the U.S. State Department that the party had been a recipient of U.S. aid funds, calling it groundless, while the opposition seized on the information as a demonstration of hypocrisy by the party.

Grishin Invests in Mass Produced Personal Robot

Mail.ru co-founder Dimitry Grishin is investing 7.7 million rubles ($250,000) in a personal-robot manufacturer.

Cancer-Fighting Nano-Diamonds Win Ig Nobel Prize

The Moscow Times
Russians were among a group of scientists awarded with 2012 Ig Nobel Prizes, a spoof of the prestigious award.

Public TV Will Be Available Only on Cable, Satellite

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has formally established a national public television station, but observers expressed skepticism that the broadcaster, supposed to be neither state-run nor commercial, will meet its founder's high hopes.

Court Rejects Reduced Sentence for Khodorkovsky's Associate

The Moscow Times
An Arkhangelsk court has overturned a lower court's ruling to reduce the prison sentence of Platon Lebedev, the former business associate of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

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