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12/18/2013

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Putin Wins Over Ukraine With Gas Deal and $15Bln Bailout

President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, agreed to landmark deals in the Kremlin on Tuesday that will see Russia cut the price of gas supplies to Ukraine by one-third and grant Ukraine a much-needed $15 billion bailout.

Russia Says U.S. Ignored Appeals for Syria Chemical Arms Proof

Reuters
Russia has accused Washington of ignoring Moscow's appeals for proof of Syrian government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country's more than 2-1/2-year-old civil war.

Snowden Looking to Leave Russia for Brazil

The Associated Press
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia after being granted political asylum, says he would be willing to move to Brazil to help investigate NSA spying on its soil but could not fully participate without being granted safe haven.

U.S. Fears Russia's Missile Deployment Could Destabilize Europe

The Moscow Times
U.S. officials have said that Russia's reported deployment of nuclear-capable missiles in a western region that borders two NATO countries could destabilize Europe, and have urged Moscow not to further heighten tensions.

Krasnoyarsk Governor Attacked and Robbed in French Villa

Two masked burglars stole jewelry worth 200,000 euros ($275,000) from a Siberian governor's French villa over the weekend, lightly wounding the governor and his wife in the process, news reports said Tuesday.

5 Stories From Put-Upon Small Business in Moscow

While Russian officials exhort small business to pull the country out of the economic doldrums, the sector has been shriveling under the weight of bureaucratic excess, invasive inspection, and spiraling tax. Entrepreneurs shared their experiences.

Gazprom 2014 Budget Down 22% to $24Bln

Gazprom, the country's largest company, has slashed its spending plan for next year by 22 percent in comparison to this year.


Russia Plans New ICBM to Replace Cold War 'Satan' Missile

Reuters
Russia will begin deploying a new type of long-range missile in 2018 to replace a Cold War standby known in the West as "Satan," a military commander said Tuesday, in a signal to the U.S. that Moscow is improving its nuclear arsenal.

Billionaire and Ex-Senator Buy Out Kerimov's Stake in Builder PIK

The Moscow Times
Tycoon Alexander Mamut will join former senator Sergei Gordeyev in buying out the 36 percent share in property developer PIK Group, currently owned by billionaire Suleiman Kerimov's investment vehicle Nafta Moskva.

New St. Petersburg Air Terminal Starts Operations

The long-awaited new terminal of St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport has entered into service. The first flights were transferred to the new Terminal 1 from the Pulkovo 2 terminal on Dec. 4 and were Rossia Airline flights heading to Dusseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt.

Construction of New Pipeline from North Siberia to China Kicks Off

Construction of a major pipeline kicked off Tuesday in an effort that will likely bring more oil from Siberia to China. Governor Lev Kuznetsov made a show at the starting ceremony in his Krasnoyarsk region, braving the rubber-bullet injury he suffered during a robbery of his southern French villa days before.

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