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12/17/2013

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Duma Set to Pass Amnesty Bill This Week

The State Duma will vote Tuesday in a first reading on President Vladimir Putin's draft bill to grant amnesty to certain categories of prisoners, a piece of legislation that could exonerate high-profile detainees despite what critics say are its narrow criteria.

Kremlin Preparing Substantial Welcome for Yanukovych on Tuesday

The Kremlin on Monday announced that it was offering a raft of substantial deals, including a loan, for Ukraine, whose President Viktor Yanukovych was on his way to Moscow for talks.

Architect Says FIFA Construction Headed for Trouble

The construction in Sochi for the upcoming Winter Olympics has been hampered by incompetence, inefficiency and corruption, and the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are headed for the same problems, said an architect who is working on both projects.

Parents to Watch Their Children Taking Exams Thanks to Video Cameras

The Moscow Times
Video cameras monitoring high-school graduation exams will transmit their footage live, allowing parents to watch their children and their classmates taking the test, the education and science minister said.

Gazprom Will Dance While Other State Firms Sit Out the Christmas Party

Vedomosti
Wintry Moscow will see a rare burst of Eastern color this week as the employees of state-run energy giant Gazprom dress up in saris and turbans for their annual holiday party, Vedomosti reported Monday.

Leader of Caucasus Militant Group and 3 Others Killed, Committee Says

Reuters
Russian security forces have killed four alleged militants including the leader of a group suspected of carrying out attacks on tourists and ski facilities in the North Caucasus, a government agency said Monday.

Russian Banks' Exposure to Ukraine 'Insignificant,' Central Bank Says

Reuters
Russian banks' exposure to Ukraine is "quite insignificant" and amounts to less than 1 percent of their assets, the Central Bank said Monday.

Who Has the Power in Ukraine's Crisis?

The Associated Press
Ukraine's opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government. The government has made some gestures toward the opposition, rejected some of its main demands, and is opaque on another. In the fourth week of the crisis, a look at each side's strengths and weaknesses as the dispute extends into the depths of winter.

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