Russian News From Russia: December 11th, 2009!

Police officer who killed south Russia journalist gets two years:
A court in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia sentenced a police officer on Friday to two years in prison for killing a journalist in 2008. (That is all!)

Russia’s GDP down 8.9% in 3Q09 year-on-year:
Russia’s GDP fell 8.9% in the third quarter year-on-year and grew 13.8% on the second quarter, the Federal Statistics Agency said on Friday.

Russian monetary base up $1.7 bln in week to $136.664 bln:
Russia’s Central Bank said Friday the country’s narrowly defined money supply (M1) was 4 trillion 154.7 billion rubles ($136.664 billion at the current exchange rate) as of December 7, up 51.2 billion rubles ($1.7 billion) in the week since November 30.

Two more nightclub blaze victims die, toll climbs to 141:
Two more victims of a Russian nightclub fire died on Friday bringing the death toll to 141 people, a spokesman for the governor of the Urals Perm region where the tragedy happened said.

Dollar down 41.61 kopeks, euro down 58.22 kopeks – Central Bank:
The official dollar rate set by the Russian Central Bank for December 12-14 is 30.2107 rubles, down 41.61 kopeks, the Central Bank said on Friday.

Russia, U.S. to continue arms cut talks in Geneva next week:
Russia and the United States will continue talks on a new nuclear arms reduction deal to replace the expired START 1 treaty in Geneva next week, a Foreign Ministry official said on Friday.

Russia could cut oil export duty to $266-268 per ton in January:
Russia could slightly reduce oil export duty on its Urals blend from the current $271 to $266-268 per metric ton starting in January, a Finance Ministry official said.

Why Russia doesn’t care about Copenhagen?:
The rest of the world’s passions may be boiling over in Copenhagen this week, but Russia is paying no attention. There is a widespread opinion among the Russian ruling elites that global warming could be beneficial to Russia.

Russia pledges to complete Iran’s first nuclear plant on time:
Russia is fully committed to completing the construction of Iran’s first nuclear power plant on schedule, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Thursday.

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