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01/21/2013

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OECD Chief Says Accession Is a Learning Process

Accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development provides a good chance for Russia's decision-makers to identify weaknesses in social and economic policy and respond with adequate reforms, the organization's secretary-general said Friday.

Opposition Figures' Legal Woes Mount

Two opposition figures saw their legal troubles mount on Friday, as investigators pressed ahead with an embezzlement charge against protest leader Alexei Navalny and opened a criminal case into allegations that leftist activist Leonid Razvozzhayev falsely maligned them.

Bolshoi Director Describes Bid to Flee Attacker

In his first comments since a horrific acid attack, Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin described  how he tried to flee but was overpowered by an attacker who splashed the acid in his face.

Ministers Offered WTO Training

Government ministers were offered a free crash course in WTO rules after one of the country's most senior financiers savaged officials for failing to understand the organization Russia finally joined last year.

Report Says $30Bln in Annual Infrastructure Savings Possible

Russia could save more than $30 billion a year out of the $1.5 trillion it has earmarked for infrastructure spending by 2030 through simple efficiencies and a more discriminating choice of projects, according to a new report.

Holland Accused in Opposition Activist's Suicide

Friends and lawyers over the weekend accused the Netherlands of complicity in the suicide of opposition activist Alexander Dolmatov in a Dutch extradition center.

Navy Games Start; Linked With Syria

Reuters
The Defense Ministry said it had started its largest naval exercises in years over the weekend, in war games analysts said would let it flex its military muscle and underline its interest in Syria, where Moscow has a Mediterranean base.

4 Die as Fumes Fill Coal Mine

Reuters
At least four miners died Sunday when fumes filled the shaft where they were working in Russia's main coal-producing region, reports said.

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