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05/15/2008

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Sechin Looks to Raise Oil Output

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his new energy policy director, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, went on the offensive Wednesday to battle claims that the country's oil production was in decline.

A Lineup Aimed at Taming Siloviki

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The new makeup of the Cabinet and presidential administration resulting from this week's government shakeup is aimed at undercutting the power that political clans within the security services have accumulated in recent years, former security insiders said.

Medvedev Makes Germany a Top Priority

In another sign of the special relationship between Moscow and Berlin, President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday welcomed German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the first prominent foreign guest to the Kremlin since his inauguration last week.

Security Exhibit Shows Off Russia's Best

Dancing children armed with toy weapons and dressed in military garb opened a five-day security exhibition at the All-Russia Exhibition Center on Wednesday.

BP Staff Locked Out As Visa Trouble Ends

A court order banning BP employees from working for its Russian unit, TNK-BP, came at a time when some of them were ready to come back to their jobs after a suspension, a BP spokesman said Wednesday.

Bring Back War Against Cabinet Fat

The structure of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Cabinet probably reflects his vision of how the government should be run. It has a record number of deputy prime ministers -- seven. This will inevitably create overlapping functions and competition among them, allowing Putin to remain the ultimate powerbroker. For Sergei Mironov, a staunch Putin loyalist and speaker of the Federation Council, this represented the successful realization of public administration reform.

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