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        12/9/2013, Tevet 6, 5774

      Russia Backs Down from Deal with Ukraine

      San Francisco Chronicle reports, Russia cast doubt on imminent membership for Ukraine in a customs bloc after speculation that a deal was close fueled anti-government protesters who thronged Kiev demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych resign.

      Riot police and stick-wielding protesters squared off in central Kiev, relates SF Chronicle, a day after a group of youths tore down a statue of Vladimir Lenin in the biggest rallies since the 2004 Orange Revolution. Angry over Yanukovych’s snub of an EU pact in favor of bolstering Russian ties, activists have vowed to stay until the government quits, while Russia said that joining its rival customs union could take years, hesitating to sign with Yanukovich after such unrest.