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05/28/2008

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NGO Head Wins Smuggling Case

The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of media activist Manana Aslamaziyan on Tuesday, agreeing with her lawyers that the anti-smuggling law under which she had been charged was so vaguely worded as to be unconstitutional.

Airlines Go Electronic, But Keep the Paper

Faced with a fast-approaching June 1 international deadline for switching to e-ticketing and clunky Russian legislation that requires a paper trail, Russia’s major airlines have found a way to comply with both.

Medvedev Says Goodbye to Gazprom Board

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev bade farewell to Gazprom’s board of directors Tuesday, telling them that he intended to stay in close touch even after he is no longer the gas giant’s chairman.

Georgia Demands Apology Over Plane

Combined Reports
Georgia's Foreign Ministry demanded Tuesday that Russia apologize after a UN report said a Russian Air Force jet had shot down a Georgian spy plane last month, but Moscow said it did not trust the report's conclusions.

TNK, BP Air Their Differences in Public

Reuters
British oil major BP and a group of Russian billionaires publicly aired their differences on Tuesday over their TNK-BP venture, which analysts expect to be pushed into a takeover by a Russian state firm.

RSPP Calls for Clear Rules on Biofuels

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, or RSPP, said Tuesday that the country needed new legislation if it was going to become a leading producer of biofuels, as they are currently taxed the same as vodka.

Beware of the WTO

Russia's 15-year flirtation with the World Trade Organization intensified this week as multilateral consultations on accession resumed in Geneva.

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