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  • Megafon expects to raise from $1.7-$2.3 billion from IPO
    The Russian operator "Megafon" plans to raise from $ 1.7 billion to $2,3 billion during an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. "Megafon" and one of the largest shareholders of the operator – the ...

  • Law toughening control over foreign funded NGOs comes into force
    The law toughening control over foreign funded NGOs in Russia has come into force, the Kremlin-run newspaper "Rossiyskaya gazeta" writes on Wednesday. According to the law, if a foreign funded non-profit organization does not ...

  • BP and AAR to settle all major disputes
    Russian company AAR and the British oil company BP, both owning 50% of TNK-BP, have reached an agreement to settle all their disputes, the Prime new agency reported on Tuesday. "BP and AAR, joint shareholders in TNK-BP, announced ...

  • Russia evades specific answers at UN committee on Torture meeting
    In Geneva late Monday evening, the UN Committee against Torture concluded its review of the 5th Russian report on compliance to UN conventions. At the first meeting on Friday, committee experts asked Russian representatives questions about ...

  • Court paroles Russian scientist sentenced for espionage in 2004
    A district court in the city of Krasnoyarsk granted parole for doctor Valentin Danilov, who was accused of spying for China in 2004. On Tuesday Danilov's lawyer Marya Fomushina told the ITAR-TASS news agency that her client would be ...

  • Magnitsky list to be passed this week in US Congress
    The U.S. House of Representatives may approve the controversial Magnitsky Act bill this week. President Obama is expected to sign the document by Christmas. Washington is aware the Russian authorities intentions of responding with their ...

  • Chief GLONASS builder fired amid corruption scandal
    The Russian military industrial commission, headed by deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin, has fired Yuri Urlichich from his post of chief builder of the GLONASS system, Rogozin's spokeswoman, Lidia Mikhailova, announced on Sunday. She said ...

  • Paid street parking proves profitable in central Moscow
    In just over a week of operation, Moscow drivers have spent over 700 thousand rubles (approx. $22,000) in the new centrally located street parking system, reports Interfax citing the "Administrator of Moscow parking space" Sergei ...

  • Putin congratulates Obama on victory
    The Kremlin is "very positive" about Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Russian President Vladimir Putin will shortly congratulate him over the phone, reports RIA Novosti citing presidential press ...

  • Minister of Defense dismissed, Moscow Region Governor is successor
    Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was dismissed this holiday weekend by President Vladimir Putin. In his place, Moscow Region Governor Sergei Shoigu was appointed as the new head of the Defense Ministry. This is the second biggest ...

  • 22 soldiers come down with pneumonia due to poor conditions
    In October 22, the Military Prosecutor General conscripted solders were found to have pneumonia in a military unit in Domodedovo, just outside Moscow. An audit by the prosecutor's office showed that the disease had been spreading ...

  • Kommersant: Georga ready to create rail link to Russia
    Georgian authorities are ready to restore railway links with Russia as part of the "Abkhazia reintegration strategy," said the new Minister for the Reintegration of Georgia, Paata Zakareishvili, in an interview published by ...

  • Khodorkovsky's ex-business partner to be released in July 2013
    A Russian court has shortened the sentence for Platon Lebedev, former business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovskiy, and he will be released from prison in July 2013, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The Velskiy district court ...

  • Telenor announces plans on selling its Vimpelkom share
    The Norwegian corporation group Telenor has announced the possibility of selling its $6,4 billion stake in Vimpelcom, one of the world's largest telecommunications group, which in Russia workds under Beeline brand, Financial Times ...

  • Aggravated injury may be reason for break in travel by Putin
    After the flight of Siberian Cranes on trikes, President Vladimir Putin may be facing an aggravation of an old injury after having flown with Siberian Crane's before the APEC summit. This may be what has created a break in trips ...