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09/13/2013

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Q&A: Transgender Lawyer Comes Out in Protest

Masha Bast is used to facing formidable tasks. As the chairwoman for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, Bast has worked on some of the most high-profile and politically sensitive cases.

Putin Relishes Role as Syria Peacemaker

Vladimir Putin, peacemaker. Such a title would have seemed almost unimaginable even a few weeks ago for a man who rose to power in part by waging a bloody war in Chechnya, where he vowed to "rub [the rebels] out in the outhouse."

Sobyanin Inaugurated Despite Appeal

President Vladimir Putin hailed Moscow's mayoral elections as fair and transparent at Sergei Sobyanin's inauguration ceremony Thursday evening, attributing any "opposition votes" to frustration with bureaucrats abusing power.

Cabinet Plans Tariff Freeze, 5% Spending Cut

Over the next three years the government will have to cut spending by at least five percent, if not more, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday, following an earlier decision of the Cabinet.

Dixy August Sales Rise 24%

Reuters
Food retailer Dixy Group posted Thursday a 24.1 percent year-on-year increase in August sales after a 21.1 percent increase in the previous month.

Tax Relief Approved

Reuters
Russian lawmakers approved tax relief for offshore fields containing hydrocarbons essential for boosting production in the remote regions of the world's top energy producer, a representative for a Duma committee said.

M.Video Plans 60% of Earnings as Dividends

Reuters
Home electronics retailer M.video said Thursday that it aimed to pay 60 percent of earnings in annual dividends.

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