*Jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has declared a hunger strike in what she said was designed to turn the world’s attention to the “concentration camp of violence and lawlessness” which she said was being created in Ukraine by President Viktor Yanukovych.
*Workers will be forced to visit racecourses in Turkmenistan in anticipation of the nation's forthcoming Horse Racing Day, celebrated every last Sunday in April, Chronicles of Turkmenistan newspaper reported.
*Russia will draft a new concept for the development of its defense industry that reflects existing and potential threats to its national security by the end of 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
*Hungary's oil and gas firm MOL and other project participants have not confirmed their withdrawal from the Western-backed Nabucco gas pipeline project, European Commission energy spokesperson Marlene Holzner said.
*The Russian government’s plans to create a mega state corporation to develop Russia’s depressed eastern Siberia and the Far East will make the investment climate in the country worse, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.