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Credit: Reuters/Denis Sinyakov By Polina Devitt and Alessandra Prentice MOSCOW | Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:09pm EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has opened a criminal investigation into the chief executive of potash producer Uralkali, Vladislav Baumgertner, and will request his extradition from Belarus, federal investigators said on Monday. The step by Russian authorities opened the door for a face-saving resolution of a tense situation in which the head of the world’s biggest producer of the fertilizer component is under house arrest in Moscow’s neighbor and close ally. Belarus detained Baumgertner, 41, at Minsk airport in late August, about a month after Russian company Uralkali abruptly pulled out of a potash sales cartel with a partner in Belarus. Uralkali’s withdrawal from the alliance with state-run Belaruskali rocked the global potash industry and threatened Belarus, which is heavily dependent on cheap Russian energy and financial aid, with losses. The soil nutrient accounts for 12 percent of Belarus’s state revenues and about 10 percent of export income, and the cartel’s demise angered Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus said last week that it had started selling potash on its own, but Lukashenko urged the two sides to put the lucrative partnership back together again. The cartel accounted for 40 percent of the world market worth around $20 billion a year. WILL KERIMOV SELL? Baumgertner was initially put in pre-trial detention but later moved to house arrest. Charged with abuse of power and embezzlement, he faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted. Russia’s federal Investigative Committee, which answers to President Vladimir Putin, said it had opened an investigation into Baumgertner on suspicion of abuse of power and would request his extradition. The extradition could save face for Lukashenko, who has said his country could hand over Baumgertner as long as Russia took steps to prosecute him.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ford makes two more SUV models for Russia Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 1:47 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 The automaker and its Russian partner will built Edge and EcoSports crossovers in Tatarstan A Ford EcoSport outside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Photo: Ford) Ford will make EcoSport and Edge for the Russian market They will be built at plants in Russia Edge is sold in the U.S., but not EcoSport SHARE 6 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Ford and its Russian partner says it is adding a pair of crossover SUVs to the list of vehicles it makes and sells in Russia. The Ford EcoSport SUV will be at the plant that Ford jointly runs with a Russian company called Sollers. Full production begins next year at the plant in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan. Ford will also bring its Edge crossover to a plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan. Edge is sold in the U.S. but not EcoSport, a smaller SUV. “The Ford EcoSport and Ford Edge, which have proved to be great successes around the world, will give Russian customers two new stylish, fun-to-drive options from Ford’s family of SUVs,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford in a statement on a visit to Russia. Ford and Sollers are already making Ford Explorer SUVs in the Elabuga plant. They have also begun construction of a new $274 million engine plant in Tatarstan and a research center in Moscow.

People who dont speak Russian well, who have a totally different culture, they are better off living in their own country, the incumbent mayor said. That is why we do not welcome their adaptation in Moscow. In late July, he ordered a massive dragnet to arrest illegal immigrants at bazaars across the city. Thousands of them were rounded up, mostly migrant workers from Vietnam. By August, the citys jails were so overcrowded with these detainees that Sobyanin ordered the construction of a camp to house them in an industrial yard equipped with tents and port-o-potties. State-run television networks meanwhile touted the effort as a sign of Sobyanins toughness on illegal immigration. Nikolai Petrov, an expert on local elections at the Carnegie Endowment in Moscow, says this campaign strategy lifted a long-standing taboo among the ruling party. Previously, xenophobic rhetoric was the providence of fringe politicians and right-wingers, while the elites around Putin saw it as uncouth and even dangerous to play on racist sentiments, says Petrov. The dangers became particularly clear in December 2010, when football fans and skinheads staged a riot at the Kremlin walls, beating dozens of dark-skinned passersby and leaving swastikas scrawled on surrounding buildings. That was the most violent display of ethnic hatred to erupt in Moscow under Putins rule, and it reminded the elites that xenophobia is a force best kept contained. (MORE: Russias Elections: Even in Defeat, Anti-Putin Camp Finds Victory ) But as last months mayoral election approached, Sobyanins campaign team seemed unable to resist the political temptation. Polls showed anti-immigrant sentiment was high among the electorate, and it was a far easier issue for Sobyanin to turn in his favor than corruption or tawdry social services. So Sobyanin not only failed to dampen these racist feelings, not only turned a blind eye to manifestations of racism, but he took up this anti-immigrant rhetoric as the basis of his campaign, Petrov says.

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Wayne Rooney scored in the 41st minute and Steven Gerrard in the 88th to give England (6-0-4) a 2-0 win over Poland at Londons Wembley Stadium and first place in Group H by one point over Ukraine (6-1-3). The Three Lions qualified for their 14th World Cup and fifth in a row. We have a great togetherness, are there for each other and proved we can perform under pressure, Gerrard said. Spain (6-0-2) won Group I with a 2-0 victory over visiting Georgia on goals by Alvaro Negredo in the 26th minute and Juan Mata in the 61st. Iker Casillas returned to starting lineup for Spain after being replaced by Victor Valdes against Belarus last week. The Spanish, who have won three straight major tournaments, including the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, qualified for their 10th straight World Cup. It may look practically routine, but its important to remember how successful weve been at qualifying, coach Vicente Del Bosque said. This is not an easy competition. France (5-1-2) was second and will be in the playoffs despite defeating visiting Finland 3-0 on goals by Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema around Joona Toivios own goal. Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Romania and Iceland also finished second in their groups, winding up in Mondays draw for the eight-team European playoffs next month along with Sweden and Croatia. The four playoff winners also will earn berths. With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland would be the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, at about 1.3 million, was at the 2006 tournament in Germany. The seedings for the playoffs will be determined by Thursdays FIFA rankings.