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    * The Russian Military Prosecutor's Office said it had dropped bribery charges against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, citing the statute of limitations.

    * The Sakhalin Energy consortium, established by Royal Dutch Shell and the Japanese companies Mitsui and Mitsubishi to operate the Sakhalin II oil and natural gas project in Russia's Far East, said it had increased its oil production to 12.1 million barrels in 2005, against 11.6 million barrels last year.

    * Russia's State Statistics Service said gasoline prices in the country had risen 0.3% in November and by 15.9% since the start of 2005.

    * The pro-government United Russia party won in Sunday's legislative elections in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region, in the Urals, and in Chukotka Autonomy, in the Far North.

    * Veterinary officials in the coastal regions of Russia's Far East announced they would be toughening hygiene regulations to contain the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in the region following an outbreak at cattle farms in Siberia.

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