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04/30/2008

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Fears of Snooping on Social Networks

A new web site is seeking volunteers to provide personal information to the Federal Security Service.

Greece Signs On to South Stream

Greece on Tuesday signed a deal to join Gazprom’s South Stream gas pipeline in a move that Russian and Greek leaders said would strengthen energy security in Europe.

Russia Will Send More Troops to Abkhazia

In a significant escalation of tensions with Georgia, the Foreign Ministry accuses Tbilisi of planning to invade its rebel region.

EU Fails to Reach Deal on Better Russia Ties

By Robert Wielaard
The EU's foreign ministers failed to agree among themselves Tuesday to improve their relations with Russia because of lingering objections from Lithuania, which wants Moscow first to improve ties with its immediate neighbors.

BP Says Some Staff Have Received Visas

They have not yet been able to enter TNK-BP's office in Moscow, however.

Mars-Wrigley Merger May Cut Costs

A merger of confectionery giants Mars and Wrigley could help them cut distribution costs in Russia, where they control a combined six production units, analysts said Tuesday.

How to Conquer Georgia

Over the weekend, Foreign Ministry official Valery Kenyaikin cautioned Georgia against using NATO forces to resolve the territorial conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, saying Moscow would take ""all possible measures to protect its citizens if fighting broke out"" in these areas.

A New Style of Turncoat

During much of the Cold War, the typical U.S. spy -- spy for the enemy, that is -- was a single, native-born, high-school-educated white male in his 20s, employed by a branch of the military and with top-secret security clearance.

Students Shop at Bride Market

Anna was trying on her third wedding dress, a white, frilly gown with matching long gloves. But the 18-year-old student said she wasn't ready for marriage yet.

Police Vow to Defend Their Name

The Moscow Times
The Interior Ministry plans to actively seek legal redress against individuals and organizations that slander its name, a ministry spokesmen said Tuesday.

Yushchenko Faces Loss of Powers

The Moscow Times
Three factions in the Ukrainian parliament, including the pro-Western bloc of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the pro-Russian Party of the Regions, are planning to pass a new constitution that would significantly curb presidential powers, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

Conviction for Missing Russian Wife

The Associated Press
A software programmer was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his estranged Russian wife, who he contends may be living elsewhere.

U.S.-Funded Radio Sees Cyberwar

The Associated Press
Web sites of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in more than half a dozen countries have been attacked, the broadcaster said.

Tajiks Are Asked to Give Up Month's Salary to Build Dam

The Associated Press
Residents of Tajikistan, Central Asia's poorest nation, were asked Tuesday to give up a month's salary to help build a desperately needed hydroelectric dam.

Power Firm Threatens Cutoff for Top Officials, Executives

A power firm in the far eastern Primorye region on Tuesday accused nearly 150 senior officials and company executives of stealing electricity and threatened to cut off their supply if they did not pay their bills in a month.

Deripaska, Mitvol Face Off Over Baikal

Bloomberg
A pulp plant has fishermen and environmentalists up in arms, but the small city of Baikalsk depends on it.

Pipe Route Altered on Spill Fears

Bloomberg
Transneft said Tuesday that it would shift the route of an oil pipeline to Asian consumers on environmental demands, increasing project spending by 20 billion rubles ($846 million).

Business in Brief

Norilsk to Bid for Udokan | Sibur Managers to Buy 50% | Sberbank Earnings Up 29% | Merrill Lynch's Russia Chief | Alfa Bank Boosts Profit 33% | Medvedev Teacher at VTB? | For the Record

News in Brief

FSB Spruces Up Web Site | Medvedev to Travel to China

13 More Bodies Are Recovered

Reuters
Authorities in Hong Kong said they had recovered 13 more bodies from a Ukrainian tugboat, the Neftegaz-67, which sank more than a month ago in one of the territory’s worst maritime accidents in recent years.
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