Russian News From Russia: November 24th, 2009!

Russia’s GDP to grow 3-4% in 2010 – Central Bank:
Russia expects its gross domestic product to decline less than projected in 2009 and grow 3-4% next year, Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Alexei Ulyukayev said on Tuesday.

One dead in shooting in Russia’s Ingushetia:
One person was killed in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia on Monday when unknown assailants opened fire on a car driven by a police officer, Ingush police said.

Two Russian security officials found beheaded in N.Caucasus:
The headless bodies of a court bailiff and a police officer have been found in the southern Russian republic of Kabardino Balkaria, a security official said on Tuesday.

Russia may be forced to stop issuing biometric passports:
Russia could soon stop issuing biometric passports due to technical problems, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing the head of the Federal Migration Service.

Men in police uniforms beat man to death in Moscow:
Three unidentified men dressed in police coats beat a man to death in southeast Moscow on Tuesday, a law enforcement source said.

US ready to continue talks with Russia on Afghanistan:
The United States is ready to continue dialogue with Russia on Afghanistan-related issues, Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Monday.

Naftogaz delegation to visit Moscow to sign gas documents:
A delegation of Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz will visit Moscow on Tuesday to hold talks with Russian energy giant Gazprom and sign documents excluding fines for Ukraine.

Iran completes 1st stage of drills to protect nuclear facilities:
Iran’s armed forces have completed the first stage of a large-scale air defense exercise to protect the country’s nuclear facilities.

Medvedev says Belarus has not been asked to become part of Russia:
President Dmitry Medvedev has said Moscow wants to build a closer union with Belarus, but has not invited the country to become part of Russia.

Russia pledges 30-40% discount on gas for Belarus in 2010:
Russian natural gas prices will be 30-40% lower for Belarus than for EU states in 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday.