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Far East Railroad Aims to Develop Deserted Frontiers

There are few places where Russia's sheer size and its disputed role of a bridge between East and West can be felt stronger than along the Baikal Amur Mainline, but perhaps even fewer places exhibit such isolation and detachment from the rest of the country.

Putin Builds Hydrocarbon Infrastructure With South Korea in Seoul

President Vladimir Putin and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye presided over the signing of numerous deals in Seoul on Wednesday, as Russia strives to swell its significance as a trading partner for the Pacific Rim countries.

'Ghosts Haunt' Russia's APEC Summit Site

The Moscow Times
U.S. President Barack Obama might have a new reason to be glad he skipped an APEC summit in Vladivostok.

Finland Reveals its Enviable Terms on Russian Gas Purchases

Finland came clean Wednesday on its gas deal with Russia that would be the envy of much the rest of Europe, but said, thanks to sinking domestic demand, it was not as good as it had been as lower usage pressured prices.

Ukraine Deadlock on Tymoshenko Clouds EU Deal

Ukraine's parliament failed on Wednesday to agree on a draft law allowing jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment, clouding prospects for signing landmark agreements with the European Union this month.

Rosatom's Uranium One to Freeze Expansion

Canadian miner Uranium One Holding, acquired this year by state-owned reactor builder and supplier Rosatom, said it would freeze expansion projects in Russia and elsewhere due to low uranium prices.

Top Uzbek Officials Make Opposing Claims on Customs Union

RIA Novosti
A leading lawmaker in Uzbekistan on Wednesday poured cold water on the prospect of the Central Asian nation joining a Moscow-led trade bloc, saying that relations with Russia would continue to be developed on a one-on-one basis.

Ukraine Businessmen Express Doubts on EU Deal

RIA Novosti
Prominent Ukrainian businessmen have asked the country's president to postpone the signing of a landmark deal with the European Union, saying they needed more time to prepare for the planned free-trade zone.

Medvedev Backs CNPC and Simpler Rules for Foreign Investors

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has backed simpler rules for foreign investors seeking to work in strategic sectors of the Russian economy as he reviewed a request from China's CNPC to invest in a Far East liquefied natural gas plant.

Russia and Ukraine Block Antarctic Sanctuary Plan

Russia and Ukraine have scuttled plans to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica, which has pristine waters rich in energy and species such as whales, penguins and vast stocks of fish, an environmentalist group said.

Young Entrepreneur Raises Houses and Business Out of Bottles

When a young Interior Ministry intern from Volgograd decided to build a house for himself, he chose unlikely construction materials - recycled plastic bottles - for the project.

Soap Deceptions to be Exposed by New Product Testing Portal

A Russian product-testing startup, whose goal is to help consumers make educated decisions when buying household goods, has raised about $1 million and is ready for the official launch later this month.

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