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06/18/2008

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Kissinger and Blair Warn of Conflict

Staff Writers
Visiting statesmen Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger said Tuesday that countries had to form strategic alliances to face major global challenges like energy security and climate change.

Journalist Enjoying A Security Monopoly

Andrei Soldatov has certainly kept busy since launching the web site Agentura.ru. Since 2000, the Moscow-based investigative journalist has twice become tangled up with the authorities in cases of alleged leaks of state secrets, been contacted by senior CIA officials and even been asked by a Russian emigre living in Argentina to help him buy weapons in Russia.

After Lull, Chechnya Sees Surge in Attacks

After months of a relative lull in violence, Chechnya has seen several deadly attacks by rebels on military personnel and local residents in recent days.

Jones Lang LaSalle Expanding

Property management services firm Jones Lang LaSalle said Tuesday that it would double its staff in Russia and the CIS to 600 by the end of 2010 and open two new offices in Russia, possibly in Sochi and Novosibirsk.

Kudrin Says Spending Spree at an End

Reuters
Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Tuesday that the country would not increase budget spending as it tackles high inflation amid signs of economic overheating and that it needed to dampen demand growth.

Medvedev Backs Riskier Strategy

Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev gave his blessing to a riskier investment strategy for the country’s first sovereign wealth fund at a meeting with top officials in the Kremlin on Tuesday.

The Kremlin Doesn't Need Another Yukos

The TNK-BP dispute promises to define Dmitry Medvedev's presidency in the same way that the Yukos bankruptcy defined Vladimir Putin's presidency.

Gazprom's Dirty Secret

On Thursday, during my testimony at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I asked a rhetorical question: Did President Dmitry Medvedev, while serving as chairman of Gazprom, know that the company might have been linked to organized crime through the Swiss-based intermediary company RosUkrEnergo?

Discarded Like A Worn-Out Pair of Shoes

he Federal Drug Control Service is purging its staff. The first to go was General Viktor Rykov, head of the agency's internal affairs.

Business in Brief

Mogilevich's DetentionRazgulyai Plans Share SaleDubai Firm Eying OGK-1Severstal's Esmark PlansWCI Sued for Severstal DealUES Seeks Tajik DebtFor the Record

RusAl Will Shift Sales Focus to China

United Company RusAl will make 34 percent of its sales in China and other Asian countries by 2015 as its focus shifts eastward, the company’s sales and marketing director, Peter Finnimore, told reporters at a briefing Tuesday.

Yandex Closes Deal On City Traffic Site

The Moscow Times
Yandex, the country’s largest search portal, has finalized a deal to buy Smilink, the biggest street traffic monitoring company, the companies said in a statement.

Mosenergo Spending Gets Miller's Support

Gazprom chief Alexei Miller backed Mosenergo’s plans to spend billions of dollars to substantially boost output Tuesday, several weeks after taking criticism for delaying the investment.

RusAl Nixes Norilsk Bid For Merger

Reuters
United Company RusAl on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Norilsk Nickel to discuss a full merger as the two metals giants geared up for a showdown over the election of a Norilsk board.

Transaero 747 Rolls Off Burgas Runway

Combined Reports
A Transaero Boeing 747-200 jetliner rolled off a runway while preparing to take off from the Black Sea city of Burgas for Moscow on Tuesday. None of the 207 passengers and crew was injured.

Fuel Providers Probed Over Collusion

The Moscow Times
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Tuesday that it would investigate domestic fuel providers on suspicion of colluding to raise prices on aviation fuel.

Udokan Auction Delayed 2nd Time

Reuters
Bidders for the country’s largest untapped copper field must wait until September to contest a government auction for the Udokan deposit after the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry pushed back the sale for a second time.

News in Brief

3 Convicted in MurderMedvedev Waives VisasNo Gubernatorial Vote7 Million Euros for Football

Spain's King to Meet President

The Moscow Times
Spain’s King Juan Carlos I will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday for a two-day visit in which he will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Canadian Jumps Under Metro Train

The Moscow Times
A Canadian man threw himself under an approaching train in the Tsvetnoi Bulvar metro station but survived the incident, according to Dmitry Golovin, the Moscow metro’s press secretary.
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