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07/11/2008

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Boosting Population a Vague Science

The fact that Russia's population is shrinking should come as a surprise to no one. According to the State Statistics Service, 12 million more Russians died than were born from 1992 to 2007, with the arrival of 5.5 million immigrants only partially compensating for the loss.

NGOs Caught In Visa Limbo

At a recent conference, international relations analysts discussed the likelihood of the United States going to war with Iran.

Tbilisi, Moscow and West Jockey for Position

The Georgian government and its Western allies have reacted to the ongoing escalation of tensions in South Ossetia and Abkhazia by pushing harder for changes to the peacekeeping and conflict-resolution arrangements there.

Prokhorov Proposed as Norilsk Chief

The main labor union at Norilsk Nickel has asked the company’s board to reappoint billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov as its chief executive.

Miller Held Talks on Libyan Pipe To Europe

Reuters
Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller and Libya’s top oil official discussed the construction of a pipeline across the Mediterranean to pump Libyan gas to Europe.

TNK-BP Sides To Meet, May Discuss CEO

Combined Reports
BP may clash again with Russian billionaires in an effort to keep TNK-BP chief executive Robert Dudley in the post, even as one investor said Thursday that compromise was possible.

Fluff or Substance at the G8 Summit

If there were any hopes that the Group of Eight summit this week in Hokkaido would produce substantive results, they were dashed by the time the talks concluded on Wednesday.

Approve That!

Bиза (visa) is an odd thing. It's just a piece of paper, or a stamp, or a scribbled notation. But without it, a person can't get from one place to another.

Business in Brief

Wal-Mart, Carrefour Bids?Taiwan Investors in TomskAeroflot Gets Superjet DelayNLMK to Get $1.6Bln LoanUAC Boosts Irkut StakeStrategic Sectors BodyFor the Record

X5 Posts 60% Increase in Q2 Revenue

X5, the country's largest supermarket group, on Thursday reported 60 percent year-on-year revenue growth to $1.97 million for the second quarter.

Gazprom Registers Purchase Of TGK-1 Stake, After Delay

Reuters
Gazprom has registered a 28.69 percent stake in power producer TGK-1, Gazprom said in a statement Thursday.

Chavez Visit to Focus on Arms Purchases

Bloomberg
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will visit Russia this month to discuss purchasing tanks and other military equipment, which he says is needed to stave off the threat of a U.S. attack.

Serbia to Renegotiate NIS Price

The Moscow Times
Serbia's new government backed the sale of 51 percent of state-controlled Naftna Industrija Srbije, the country's largest oil and gas firm, to Gazprom, but formed a committee to renegotiate the price, a Belgrade newspaper reported Thursday.

Georgia Recalls Moscow Ambassador

Reuters
Georgia recalled its ambassador from Moscow on Thursday after Russia said it had sent its fighter jets into its neighbor’s airspace to prevent Georgian troops from attacking a separatist region.

Records Tie Bastrykin to Czech Firm

Information indicating that Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin owns a business in the Czech Republic — putting him in violation of Russian law — is readily accessible on the Czech Justice Ministry’s web site.

Police Accused of Beating 5 Young Men for 5 Hours

Investigators have opened a criminal case into a group of police officers accused of brutally beating five young men for five hours at a Moscow police station in April, two officials said Thursday.

Tambov Mayor Faces Abduction Trial

The Moscow Times
Investigators have wrapped up the case against former Tambov Mayor Maxim Kosenkov, who was arrested on kidnapping charges while in Moscow to attend the annual United Russia party congress, Interfax reported Thursday.

British Diplomat Labeled Spy

The Moscow Times
A source within Russia’s state security services accused a British diplomat Thursday of spying before chastising British officials for making what he called “provocative statements” ahead of last week’s G8 summit meeting between British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Dmitry Medvedev.
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