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02/21/2013

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U.S. Tourists and Medvedev's Staff Mingle in Cuba

Should Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stop by the venerable Hotel Nacional during his visit to Havana this week, he might take note of an ironic composition in the lobby.

Ulyanovsk Hub Not Getting Much Use by NATO

NATO and Russia pride themselves on cooperation over Afghanistan and the fight against terrorists and pirates, but a planned logistics hub to transport military hardware from Afghanistan is not taking off.

Elections Observers Criticize Move Away From Vote-Counting Machines

The Central Elections Commission said Wednesday that regional authorities should be allowed to decide on an individual basis whether to use vote-counting machines, which elections observers say are more effective at blocking vote-rigging than regular ballot boxes.

IMF More Upbeat Than Medvedev on GDP Growth

The International Monetary Fund took an optimistic stance at Russia's prospects Wednesday, saying that its economy could demonstrate a faster pace of growth over the next few years than the annual goal of 5 percent set by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Pekhtin Quits Duma Amid Scandal

United Russia co-founder Vladimir Pekhtin, who until last week had headed the State Duma's Credentials and Ethics Commission, relinquished his parliamentary seat Wednesday in an apparent opposition victory.

Children's Ombudsman Urges Return of Dead Orphan's Brother

Days after the death of an adopted Russian boy in the United States sparked outrage among lawmakers and senior officials, the Russia's children's ombudsman declared that a controversial ban on U.S. adoptions had not "solved the problem" and called for the dead boy's brother to be returned.

Medvedev Seeking Arms, Nuclear Technology Deals With Brazil

Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday on a visit to Brazil aimed at sealing defense and nuclear technology deals with a fellow member of the BRICS bloc of emerging nations.

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