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03/28/2008

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High Price for Attack on TNK-BP

TNK-BP's recent run-ins with the law show what happens when an entity crosses federal authorities or state-controlled companies. First, plainclothes Interior Ministry officers searched TNK-BP's offices on March 19 during an investigation into suspected tax evasion by a company that the 50-50 venture acquired years ago. The next day, the Federal Security Services announced that it had charged a U.S.-Russian employee and his brother with industrial espionage. Then, the Natural Resources Ministry said it would inspect TNK-BP's largest oil field for environmental violations. After that, the Interior Ministry said the firm had violated the immigration law by obtaining business visas instead of work visas for dozens of foreign employees.

Dangerous Bargaining

With NATO's summit in Bucharest approaching on April 2, Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported that the Kremlin would be looking for a certain quid pro quo with the Atlantic alliance.

So Many Ways to Poke Fun at Medvedev

One thing I've missed in the post-Soviet period is the brilliant Russian political joke (anekdot).

Russia Run Ragged, Dutch Storm Back

Reuters, AP
Romania dispatched Russia 3-0, the Netherlands staged a remarkable comeback to win 4-3 in Austria, and European champion Greece beat Portugal 2-1, as all 16 Euro 2008 finalists contested friendlies Wednesday.

Angry RusAl Miners Refuse to Leave Shaft

More than 100 miners who spent the night 700 meters underground in a Sverdlovsk region bauxite mine have refused to return to the surface until their demands for better pay and working conditions are met.

Medvedev Lays Out Anti-Graft Steps

Reuters
President-elect Dmitry Medvedev ordered anti-corruption steps to protect small businesses Thursday, a first sign that he is serious about fighting the endemic graft economists say is hampering growth.

Sea and Postal Links With Georgia Restored

Bloomberg
Russia is set to lift a 1 1/2 year ban on shipping and postal links with Georgia after direct flights between the two countries resumed Tuesday.

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