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Proposed Code Has Labor Up In Arms

A long-simmering debate over the country's Labor Code is coming to a head as the government prepares to push its version through the State Duma this month.

Customs To Lower Tariffs on Imports

In what is being billed as a simplification of the rules and a dropping of foreign trade barriers, customs officials are reducing import tariffs on thousands of items.

Patriarch Gives Tax Police a Patron Saint

As of this week, the 40,000-plus Kalashnikov-wielding feared tax policemen now have their very own Russian Orthodox personal saint: Apostle Matthew.

Can This Be The Road to Democracy?

Despite innumerable official assurances that Russia is striving to become a democracy, it all too often seems that the country is running full speed in the opposite direction.

The Crisis to Come

Life expectancy in some African countries has fallen by 20 years as a result of AIDS. It now appears such a crisis is looming for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Firms Need More Than Just a Code

The corporate governance code that the Federal Securities Commission has been asked to compile will only be a small step toward forming effective businesses in this country.

Refugees and Soldiers On the Eve of the Battle

My friend Yury doesn't talk much about his role defending Moscow from the Nazis, but he did tell me one story that struck me as an odd thing for him to remember so vividly.

All for One and One for All

Russian media associations have been big news lately, which got me thinking about the time when the Union of Journalists hauled me in before a tribunal.

Berezovsky Donates $3M to Museum

An unlikely union was forged Thursday as the cash-strapped Sakharov Museum announced its acceptance of a $3 million grant from Boris Berezovsky, who is living in exile abroad.

Putin Pours Cold Water on Belarus' Union Hopes

President Putin dashed prospects for speedy progress on a merger with neighboring Belarus, telling Belarussian President Lukashenko that the project required careful thought.

Kiriyenko Helps Raise NGO Cash At Home

Nongovernmental organizations are being awarded grants from local firms in Perm to make up for shortages in the federal, regional and municipal coffers.

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