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11/21/2013

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FSB Using Activists for Anti-Terror Drills in Sochi

Anti-terrorism drills conducted by the Federal Security Service in Sochi this month in anticipation of the upcoming Winter Olympics have used some of the most vociferous opponents of the Games as practice targets and caused severe inconveniences to guests and visitors.

As Rostelecom-Tele2 Merger Looms, State Frets Over Control

State-controlled telecoms giant Rostelecom plans to place its market-lagging mobile operation under the same roof as regional budget cellular provider Tele2 and send the two on the offensive to win 25 percent of the Russian mobile market by 2018.

Greenpeace Captain Granted Bail

Reuters
Seven more Greenpeace activists arrested by Russian coast guards during a protest against Arctic oil drilling were granted bail on Wednesday, including the U.S. captain of their ship, in a further sign of an easing of their treatment.

Photography Collective's Dreams of Another Russia (Photo Essay)

The Moscow-based photography collective Troyka, whose exhibition at Artplay Design Center ends Thursday, shares some of their photographs with The Moscow Times.

Putin Meets for First Time With Nonparliamentary Opposition

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met with leaders of major nonparliamentary parties for the first time in his 13 years in power, to discuss issues that will be addressed in his state-of-the-nation speech to be delivered next month.

Billionaire Politician Lambasts Putin's Tax Investigation Bill, Launches Petition

RIA Novosti
Billionaire politician Mikhail Prokhorov has joined a chorus of protest over Kremlin-backed plans to change rules on tax investigations that entrepreneurs say will hamper business and foster corruption.

Putin, Netanyahu Discuss Nuclear Agreement With Iran

President Vladimir Putin was set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in talks at the Kremlin on Wednesday to discuss Israel's disapproval of a potential international nuclear agreement with Iran, as well as other regional security issues.

World Powers, Iran in New Attempt at Nuclear Deal

Reuters
World powers resumed efforts to clinch a preliminary deal to curb Iran's nuclear program at talks in Geneva on Wednesday, with Russia and Britain confident that agreement can be reached.

State Venture Firm Wants to Shift Focus Away From IT

The Moscow Times
The Russian Venture Company is determined to direct the venture capital investment market away from its preoccupation with information technology and toward biotechnology, medicine, energy and other priority sectors, according to a five-year development strategy revealed Wednesday.

Rosneft Mulls Purchase of Morgan Stanley's Oil Trading Arm

Reuters
State-run oil company Rosneft is in talks with Morgan Stanley on buying into the Wall Street bank's oil trading business, an industry publication and two industry sources said Tuesday.

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