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02/07/2013

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Less Booze, More Comfort For Travelers Using New Vnukovo Terminal

A complete ban on alcohol sales at airports and on board aircraft could make air travel more expensive, a Moscow airport executive said Wednesday.

Sochi Scorecard: Lots of Progress, But Lots to Be Done

An inflatable 8-meter brown bear floating off into the Moscow sunset followed by applause from the stands during the closing ceremony of the1980 Summer Olympics is perhaps one of the most colorful moments in the country's sports history.

Gay Marriage Threatens Adoptions to Britain, France

Adoptive parents in France and Britain could find it more difficult to adopt Russian orphans now that parliaments in both countries have approved same-sex marriage, the Foreign Ministry's human rights ombudsman said Wednesday.

'Metro Terrorist' Killing Raises Questions

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said Wednesday that special forces in Dagestan had killed an armed insurgent who organized dual terrorist attacks in the Moscow metro that killed 40 people and left more than 80 injured in 2010.

Cement Imports Soar as Production Costs Rise

The Moscow Times
Cement imports surged last year, as domestic producers are struggling with high production costs, an industry consultant warned.

Central Bank Defends Hawkish Stance

Reuters
The Central Bank stepped up its defense of its reluctance to ease policy, offering more insight Wednesday into the methods it uses to set interest rates and describing its current stance as neutral.

Medvedev Backs Ph.D. Plagiarism Crackdown

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that the "number of phony doctorates surpasses all possible limits," and that he supported a crackdown on plagiarism in Ph.D. dissertations.

Rogozin Proposes Defense Partnership With Brazil

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday that Russia would be interested in starting a long-term military partnership with Brazil, following talks on the sale of Russian air defense systems to the South American country.

Population Declines for 20th Straight Year

The government reported on Wednesday that there were around 2,500 more deaths than births in Russia last year, representing a steep decline in the natural population loss but also a 20th straight year of natural decrease in the country.

Air Traffic Between Moscow, Kiev Liberalized

The Moscow Times
Russia's Transportation Ministry and the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine agreed to lift restrictions on designated airlines and on the number of flights between Moscow and Kiev.

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