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04/11/2013

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Train Trips to Domodedovo Canceled

A driver lost control of his MAN truck at 12:15 a.m. on Kashirskoye Shosse, slamming into pillars of a railway bridge.

'Quality Issues' Led to Work-and-Travel Visa Crunch

Concerns about safety and health are behind record visa refusal rates for Russian students applying to work and travel in the U.S. this summer, a U.S. official says.

Just Russia Chairman Signals Shift Toward Kremlin

Russian society is disillusioned with the wayward anti-Kremlin protest movement, and the center-left Just Russia party will not pander to self-proclaimed opposition leaders, the party's chairman said Thursday.

Fire Scare as Jet Carrying 297 Lands in Siberia

The Moscow Times
Nearly 300 passengers on board a charter flight operated by Nordwind Airlines have escaped without injury after the jet's chassis caught fire during landing.

Growth Forecast Cut One-Third To Just 2.4%

Reuters
A poor first quarter showing for many leading indicators forced the government to revise a number of estimates downward.

Russia Moves Up in Networked Readiness Index

Russia has moved up two positions in the Networked Readiness Index, according to the Global Information Technology Report, published annually by the World Economic Forum and the INSEAD business school.

Kashirskoye Shosse Section Closed

The Moscow Times
The part of Kashirskoye Shosse where a truck damaged a bridge used for the Aeroexpress speed train will be closed till Friday, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday, citing city officials.

Steel Market Could Begin Recovery This Year

Hit by Europe's debt crisis, global steel demand is likely to start recovering this year driven by emerging economies like China and Russia, with the pick up to continue in 2014, the World Steel Association said Thursday.

Council of Europe Official Slams 'Foreign Agent' Law

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, on Thursday sharply criticized a Russian law requiring certain nongovernmental organizations to register as "foreign agents," saying the definitions used in the law were unclear and overly broad.

G8 Ministers Fail to Agree on Syria, No Plan on North Korea

Reuters
Foreign ministers from the G8 group of the world's wealthiest countries, which includes Russia, failed to patch up deep divisions over Syria or come up with a plan on North Korea during a meeting in London on Thursday.

Orbital Menagerie Set to Yield Unique Research Results

A gang of various creatures is taking off for a space journey onboard a Bion-M satellite later this month, ending a 15-year hiatus in a high-profile program of using animals in orbital experiments.

Cabinet Agrees to Reduce Pension Fund Contribution by Individual Entrepreneurs

The Cabinet on Thursday agreed to support the initiative of the Opora small business lobby and reduce the pension fund payment burden for individual entrepreneurs, at a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.

Far East LNG Plant Will Need $15Bln Investment

Reuters
Rosneft and ExxonMobil will have to invest some $15 billion to build a liquefied natural gas plant and necessary infrastructure in Russia's Far East, an Exxon official told President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

Sun InBev Threatens Shutdown in Chuvashia if Subsidies Not Provided

The Moscow Times
Sun InBev, the local subsidiary of the global brewer AB InBev, is threatening to shut down its plant in Novocheboksarsk, Chuvashia if local officials refuse to provide subsidies, a news report said Thursday.

Rambler Fined for Refusing Watchdog Order

The Moscow Times
The Federal Service for Financial Markets has fined Internet portal and email provider Rambler over its refusal to provide the emails of one of its customers without a court order.

Putin Ally Has Stake in Space Company

The Moscow Times
Lider, a company co-owned by businessman Yury Kovalchuk, owns a 25 stake in Energia, a major manufacturer of spacecraft, a news report said Thursday, citing a source with the space company.

Mechel in Talks to Sell Mining Unit Stake

Reuters
Mining and steel group Mechel said it has been in negotiations with potential buyers about disposing of a minority stake in its Mechel Mining unit, chief financial officer Stanislav Ploshchenko said.

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