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    * Russia's Constitutional Court confirmed the new gubernatorial election procedures proposed by the president as lawful

    * Russian energy giant Gazprom won a tender to geologically prospect and develop an oil and gas field in East Siberia, the local department of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use said

    * Russian oil major Sibneft said it had purchased a 75% stake in a company licensed to survey the Lopukhovsky section of the Sakhalin shelf in the Far East from the Russian-British joint venture TNK-BP

    * Alexei Kurtsin, a former manager of embattled oil giant Yukos who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for money laundering, filed an appeal with the Moscow City Court, his lawyer said

    * The board of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Account Corporation approved a $236.6-million grant for Armenia, a spokesman for the Armenian National Committee of America said.

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