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Which of the following are correct?

(a) Ich habe entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen.

(b) Ich habe mich entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen.

(c) Ich habe mir entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen.

If more than one, are the any differences in meaning?

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Version a) and b) are correct and they mean the same. Version b) might have a little more personal touch that a) which sounds a bit "businessy".

Version b) is the only possible construction if you decide a "direct object" so

Ich entscheide etwas.

Also, if you decide something that concerns only others you cannot really use the "mich" version. That might be the case if you're the boss in a company or something

Ich habe entschieden, dass Matthias das Projekt übernimmt.

This is especially so, once you put the whole thing in third person

Er hat sich entschieden, nach Rom zu fahren... ist ok

Er hat sich entschieden, dass Thomas nach Rom fährt.... ist nicht ok

Version c) is always wrong but might be heard in Berlin dialect.

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