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10/30/2013

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Navalny Hit With New Theft Charges

Reuters
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that he had been served with new theft and money laundering charges, describing them as a part of an attempt to "terrorize" those who displease the Russian authorities.

Gay Protest Disrupts Moscow City Road Show in New York

As the Moscow city government courted investors at an international conference in New York, its polished effort to present the image of an alluring Western-style metropolis was clouded by the specter of Russia's national politics.

Medvedev Says $882M Ukraine Gas Debt Situation 'Critical'

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that the situation regarding payments by Ukraine for Russian gas was "critical," during a meeting at his suburban residence concerning payment for gas deliveries.

Putin Pledges $1.5Bln Energy Investment in Ecuador

Russia will invest up to $1.5 billion into energy projects in Ecuador, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, with oil and gas exploitation and power generation being priority spheres.

Navalny's Bid to Reform Utilities Sector Headed for Rejection

Two commissions of the Moscow City Duma on Tuesday recommended against registering opposition leader Alexei Navalny's bid to submit a bill on utilities prices, which he has sought to make the first-ever grassroots initiative considered by legislative authorities in Russia.

Suspected Organizer of Bolshoi Acid Attack Pleads Not Guilty

Two defendants in the trial over the January acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin, including the suspected organizer, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiring to inflict grave injuries on the victim, while a third defendant pleaded "partially guilty."

Fallout of Anti-Gay Law Felt in Far East

Before a nationwide ban on LGBT "propaganda" among minors took effect this summer, there was no homophobia in this far eastern city. Or at least that's what Alexander Yermoshkin, the city's best-known gay rights and environmental activist, likes to say, not without a trace of bitterness.

Rosneft Sells 9.9% Stake in TNK-BP for $3Bln

Reuters
State-owned energy company Rosneft has sold a 9.9 percent stake in TNK-BP to unknown third-party buyers for 97 billion rubles ($3 billion), less than a year after buying out the British-Russian joint venture for $55 billion.

EU Makes New Bid for Deal on Tymoshenko

Reuters
European Union mediators resumed a push Tuesday to secure the release of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, with EU politicians warning that time was running out before the signing of a landmark trade agreement next month.

Elusive Black Sea Gas Boom Heralds Emancipation from Russian Energy

Reuters
Southeast Europe is hoping increased natural gas exploration in the Black Sea will help cut its dependency on Russian supplies, but a gas bonanza remains elusive and Moscow is taking steps to defend its dominant position in the region.

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