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04/04/2013

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U.S. Embassy Slams Door on Student Workers

Without warning or explanation, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has rejected an unprecedented percentage of Russian university students applying for visas to take part in the State Department's popular Summer Work and Travel program this year, dashing hopes and placing the program's future in doubt.

Gazprom Pipe Purchases Criticized as Non-Competitive

The antitrust watchdog is swooping down on Gazprom and its well-connected pipe supplier with an investigation of their huge deals over past few years.

Moscow Court Orders Arrest of Lawyer Granted U.S. Asylum

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court Wednesday ordered the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer who has been granted political asylum in the U.S.

Moscow Traffic Ranked World's Worst

Moscow has finally taken first place in an international rating, but it's in a category the authorities would like to be excluded from.

Moscow Swimming as Record Snowfall Melts

The Moscow Times
This winter's record snowfall has left the city swimming as warmer temperatures melt away high snowdrifts.

Pussy Riot Rocker Faces Prison Transfer

The Moscow Times
Jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, who is currently serving a two-year sentence at a penal colony in the Perm region town of Berezniki, may be transferred to another correctional facility, two news reports said Wednesday.

NGOs Facing Stiff Fines Amid 'Crackdown'

Nongovernmental organizations across the country are being threatened with fines stretching to $20,000 or more, as authorities press on with sweeping checks that activists are calling a government-orchestrated crackdown on civil society.

Gazprom Neft and Shell to Team Up on Shale Oil and Arctic

Reuters
Gazprom Neft and Royal Dutch Shell will agree to drill for shale oil in western Siberia and explore Russia's Arctic shelf when President Vladimir Putin visits the Netherlands next week, the Kremlin said.

Sberbank Expands Its Defense Industry Loan Portfolio to $14.6Bln

The nation's biggest lender, Sberbank, said Thursday that it had increased its loan portfolio to the defense industry to almost 500 billion rubles, in a sign that it will continue to support the sector despite low returns.

N. Korea Actions Cut Chance of Nuclear Talks, Russia Says

Reuters
Russia said Thursday that North Korea's disregard for UN restrictions was unacceptable and that its decision to pursue a nuclear program radically limited the chances of resuming stalled six-party nuclear talks.

Alfa Sets Up Venture With Irish Company

Alfa Group will help IBRC recover assets previously owned by Quinn Group.

EBay Comes On Shore

The Moscow Times
Online auction and shopping portal eBay has opened a Russian language version of its website, ebay.com. Inquires from Russia-based IP addresses will automatically go to the new page, which offers an expanded selection of products from around the world from vendors who make deliveries to Russia.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil to Build LNG Plant in Alaska

The Moscow Times
Rosneft announced plans for a joint project with ExxonMobil to build a liquefied natural gas production plant in Alaska with an aim to export gas to the growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

FAS Pushes Against Airline Cartels

Vedomosti
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service asked the Transportation Ministry to cancel intergovernmental rules that oblige airlines to exchange information about the prices for tickets, in an effort to prevent the formation of cartels.

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