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04/17/2013

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Duma Endorses Election Reform in First Reading

The State Duma on Tuesday passed in a first reading a bill that would reintroduce a mixed voting system for parliamentary elections, despite a heated argument on the Duma floor that it favors pro-Kremlin forces.

Ban Hangs Over Temporary Staffing Agencies

Restrictions on the use of temporary staff threaten to close a growing source of business for recruitment companies.

Cabinet Under Fire After Putin Threatens Reshuffle

The Cabinet came under attack from State Duma deputies Wednesday as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev addressed the lower house of parliament for the first time since taking office.

Medvedev Defends Heavily Criticized Education Policies

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the State Duma on Wednesday that he would not fire Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov in response to fierce public and parliamentary criticism of the minister over education reforms.

Water Supply Systems' Foreign Control Questioned

Foreign companies should not be allowed to control local water supply systems, a State Duma official said at a meeting Thursday of industry experts gathered to discuss the future of the strategic, but crumbling sector.

Video Games Drive Media Market Growth

Russians spent $1.3 billion on video games last year, a 30 percent increase from the year before, officially making it a more popular form of visual entertainment than movies, Internet giant Mail.ru and Romir Movie Research said.

Defense Ministry Creates New Research System

The Moscow Times
The Defense Ministry has established a system for advanced research and military technology to identify breakthrough technologies across the country for the use by the Russian military.

Lavrov Says West Strengthening Islamic Militants in Syria

The Associated Press
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday criticized an upcoming meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Istanbul — which brings together Western and Arab supporters of the Syrian opposition — and said efforts to isolate Syrian President Bashar Assad and to arm the opposition were strengthening Islamic militants.

Rosneft, Marubeni Sign LNG Memorandum

The Moscow Times
Rosneft and Japan's Marubeni Corporation have signed a memorandum of cooperation on the implementation of liquefied natural gas projects and the development of oil and gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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