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In Dictatorial Company

Try, if you can, to picture the scene. A vast crowd in Red Square: Lenin's tomb and Stalin's memorial in the background.

The Skinny on Scrawniness

It may be technically possible to translate the expression ""You can never be too rich or too thin"" into Russian, but half of it doesn't make much sense -- the bit about being too thin.

Presumption of Guilt Costs Society Plenty

The fact that the Constitutional Court recently cleared up the problem of the legal term, unconscientious taxpayer, is reason enough to celebrate. It was this very court that introduced the term in 2001 and thus allowed arbitration courts and tax officials to make so much trouble that they ruined the investment climate and decimated Yukos. The Yukos case, by the way, was the biggest, but not the worst example.

Press Review

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Iraq Names Long-Awaited Cabinet

Five ministries still await permanent appointments, as the party of former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is frozen out.

Confidence Vote Affirms Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a final vote of confidence in his new government Thursday, but the talk in Italy was of how much longer he might survive as head of a fractious center-right alliance.

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