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07/22/2013

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G20 Ministers Focus on Tax Evasion, Stimulus Measures

The fight against tax evasion by multinational corporations and measures to ensure recovery amid the global economic turbulence came into the limelight at the two-day meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers that finished in Moscow on Saturday.

In Surprise Ruling, Navalny Released From Detention

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his co-defendant, businessman Pyotr Ofitserov, were unexpectedly released by a Kirov court at the request of prosecutors Friday, a day after being detained upon their conviction on embezzlement charges.

U.S. Increases Pressure Over Snowden

The Moscow Times
Placing new pressure on the Kremlin in the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the White House said it was considering canceling a summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Investment Standards Face Hurdles

Officials and business leaders disagree on the feasibility of a draft set of mandatory standards designed to improve the investment attractiveness of districts and towns, which are set to enter into force by 2014.

Britain Says Ties With Russia Played Part in Litvinenko Ruling

Reuters
Britain said relations with Russia had played a part in its refusal to hold a public inquiry into the murder in London of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko but denied that this had been the main consideration.

Unlimited Number Portability Set for December 1

The Moscow Times
As of Dec. 1, mobile phone users should be able to keep their old phone numbers when changing service providers, with no limits on the number of times they switch, according to a regulation signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vedomosti reported Friday.

Regulator to Allow M.Video Merger with Eldorado

Reuters
The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) will allow Russia's biggest home electronics retailer, M.Video, to acquire its closest competitor, Eldorado, subject to the combined company selling some assets.

Steelmakers Boost Capacity, Seek Help to Fight Imports

Reuters
Russian steelmakers are lobbying for protection against cheap Ukrainian imports while they invest at least $2 billion in new capacity near their customers to cut transport costs and sew up their home market.

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