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New Year Kicks Off With Old Anthem

As champagne toasts were raised, the major television stations broadcast the national anthem — to which Putin had added lyrics a day earlier.

Text of Putin's New Year Address

The full text of President Vladimir Putin's New Year's address.

This Hymn Is Supposed To Move Us?

It is odd that after spending so much energy debating which music to choose as the national anthem, Russia proceeded to adopt lyrics with hardly any public discussion at all.

Making PSAs Work

Production sharing agreements have been applied in many countries as a highly efficient mechanism to attract foreign investments into under-developed oil industries.

Strumming My Shashtar For Ahmad

It was easy for me to break Tajik Travel Rule Number 3. When the swarthy stranger in the bar at the Hotel Dushanbe asked me, ""Ahmad, is that you?"" I replied tipsily, ""It is I.""

Building the Bridges That Won the War

""Have you ever thought about how much effort, skill and courage was demanded of bridge-builders during the war?"" retired Major Mikhail Dobshits recently asked me.

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