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10/08/2013

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Domestic Adoptions Expected to Double

Ten months after the government banned adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, authorities say the number of children adopted domestically will more than double by this year's end amid increased state allowances.

Law to Open Floodgates to Foreign Oil Companies

A law just out of the Kremlin is raising the specter of a new era in the development of the country's offshore oil and gas riches by streamlining the involvement of foreigners.

Russia and U.S. Praise Syrian Disarmament Cooperation

The Moscow Times
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday praised Syria for complying so far with its obligations to eliminate its chemical weapons and called for an international conference to draft further steps next month.

Azbuka Vkusa to Buy Moscow Region Retail Chain for $120M

The Moscow Times
High-end supermarket chain, Azbuka Vkusa, is planning to buy a chain of supermarkets in the Moscow region, the first such acquisition in Azbuka's 22-year history, a source familiar with the negotiations said Monday.

Muscovites Greet Olympic Flame

Hundreds of students, migrant workers and other Muscovites gathered Monday to greet the Olympic flame in a ceremony kicking off the torch's first city visit in its 123-day trip around the country.

Snowden's Father Expected in Russia Soon, Lawyer Says

RIA Novosti
The father of fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is expected to come to Russia along with other relatives in the near future, Snowden's attorney said Monday.

Thatcher Lunched With Top Russian KGB Agent, Papers Reveal

RIA Novosti
The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attended a luncheon in 1982 with double agent Oleg Gordievsky, who was then head of the Soviet Union's London KGB spy network, papers released Monday reveal.

Putin Urges Investors to Join Rail Projects

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin on Monday invited investors from the Pacific Rim countries to take part in large Russian projects, such as the modernization of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, or Transsib, and the Baikal-Amur Mainline, or BAM, and improving the potential of the Northern Sea Route.

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