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Energy, Rabbit Husbandry Among 35 Deals Sealed on Xi's Visit

The Moscow Times
The first day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to Russia on Friday saw the signing of 35 bilateral agreements touching on everything from natural gas to cultural exchange to rabbit husbandry, as well an overarching commitment to double bilateral trade by 2020.

Medvedev Calls Cyprus Plan 'Absurd'

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday intensified his criticism of a plan by European financial authorities to rescue the Cypriot economy, labeling it as "completely absurd," in the most colorful response yet by Russian officials to the controversial measures.

Oil and Gas to Dominate Xi's Visit

Newly minted Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to push for increased oil and gas supplies from Russia and reaffirm warm bilateral ties on a three-day visit to Moscow beginning on Friday.

Former 'Provocateur' Blames Police for Bolotnaya Clashes

A man professing to be a former government operative has said that police officials, including the former interior minister, were involved in organizing clashes at an opposition rally last year, allegations that members of the Kremlin human rights council say could be trustworthy.

Former FSB Chief 'Met With' Co-Author of Magnitsky Act

The Moscow Times
A spymaster-turned-lawmaker has met with a U.S. senator who co-authored the Magnitsky list to discuss tracking the undeclared property of Russian senators abroad, Izvestia reported Thursday, citing a State Duma source.

Far East Plan Approved by Cabinet, Despite Siluanov's Opposition

The Cabinet on Thursday backed a plan to invigorate the economy of the Far East, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the government would later this month formally ask the parliament to slash taxes for new business projects in the region.

Russian Orthodox Church Envoy Gives Pope Mother of God Icon

The Moscow Times
An envoy of the Russian Orthodox Church has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, where he presented him with the Mother of God icon and expressed hope that ties between the two churches would continue to improve, the Orthodox Church's official website said.

Zheleznyak Seeks to Protect Journalists From Custom-Ordered Publications

The Moscow Times
United Russia Deputy Sergei Zheleznyak proposed making amendments to the current legislation on media to protect journalists from custom-ordered publications, a news report said Friday.

Magnitsky's Defense Requests Recusal of Prosecutor as Posthumous Trial Begins

The Moscow Times
Moscow's Tverskoi District Court began proceedings into the posthumous tax evasion trial against deceased lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on Friday.

Russian Language Second Most Popular on the Internet

The Moscow Times
Russian became the second most frequently used language on the Internet in 2013, having passed Germany by a narrow margin, according to a report by analytical company W3 Techs.

Cypriot Finance Minister Departs as Deadline Looms

<p>Cyprus failed to strike a deal to secure financial aid from Moscow, with the delegation lead by Finance Minister Michalis Sarris heading home Friday as clouds gather around the Mediterranean country.</p>

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Golodets: 118,000 Orphans in State Care

There are about 118,000 orphans in Russian state care, and the number of domestic adoptions fell from 2011 to 2012, senior government officials told State Duma deputies on Friday.

TNK-BP Executives Resign Following Rosneft Deal Closure

The Moscow Times
Several top TNK-BP managers announced their resignations immediately after the completion of the joint Russo-British oil company's acquisition by state oil giant Rosneft, a news report said Friday.

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