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Supreme Court Throws Out Khodorkovsky Appeal

The Moscow Times
The Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal in the embezzlement and money laundering case against former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev.

Yanukovych Pushes Hard Line on Tymoshenko Release

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signaled Thursday that he would let jailed opponent Yulia Tymoshenko go to Germany for medical treatment, but only if she went there as a convicted person.

Shoigu and Lavrov in Egypt to Sell Weapons

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Cairo on Thursday for a two-day visit with their Egyptian counterparts to discuss the expansion of Russian-Egyptian military cooperation, in a move that marks renewed partnership after more than three decades of stagnation.

Local Car Parts Manufacturers, Clustered With Foreign Firms, Face Annihilation

Russian auto parts manufacturers face complete disintegration if the government does not support them inside specialized automobile clusters, industry insiders said at a summit Thursday.

Syrian and Russian Leaders Discuss Peace Talks

The Associated Press
The presidents of Syria and Russia have discussed a proposed peace conference to end Syria's nearly three-year civil war and Damascus' efforts to put its chemical weapons under international supervision, the Kremlin said Thursday.

High-Tech Ceramic Production Starts in Siberia

A factory producing nanostructured ceramics for orthopedics and dental implants, bulletproof armor and circuit boards opened its doors in Novosibirsk on Thursday as a part of the government's effort to breathe life into domestic manufacturing facilities.

Government Counts on Regional Aviation to Keep Country Connected

Faced with an underdeveloped road and rail network that is expensive to build and maintain, the government is betting on regional aviation to link Russia's far-flung destinations with big cities, once a common practice in the Soviet Union.

Politkovskaya Murder Trial Jury Disbanded

A Moscow City Court has dissolved the jury in the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial after three of its members failed to turn up for a hearing Thursday.

Russia Fears Return of Fighters Waging Jihad in Syria

A scrawny 15-year-old this summer became the first from his deeply religious Muslim village in the southern republic of Dagestan to die fighting alongside rebels in Syria.

Lawmakers Seek to Ban Free Abortions

The Moscow Times
Deputies from the Samara region legislature have submitted a bill to the State Duma's Public Health committee seeking to ban free abortions, excluding ones necessary due to health problems.

Central Bank Balks at Mechel Bonds

The Central Bank said Thursday that bonds issued by mining group Mechel would be zero-rated as collateral, effectively ruling out their use in refinancing operations.

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