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Tradition Marches On at Felt Boot Plant

Workers take bales of rough wool and beat, steam and shrink it into boots at a valenki factory in a small Tver region town.

Dementyeva and Petrova Lead Russia in Fed Cup

Yelena Dementyeva and Nadia Petrova will lead the defending-champion Russian team in next month's first round Fed Cup tie against Belgium.

A Dangerous Strategy for National Security

America is at war."" So begins U.S. President George W. Bush's introduction to his administration's National Security Strategy, which was unveiled last week.

The Most Popular Leader

Who will cry, after Sunday's fiasco of a presidential election, for Belarus? More to the point, who can find this nation of 10 million (mostly delightful) Slavic souls without a peek at a map?

Controlling More Than the Media

When I'm asked who would be the next president of Russia if Vladimir Putin decided not to nominate a successor, I always reply: Alexander Lukashenko.

Not the Right Tax to Cut

The government's new medium-term economic program includes a proposal to cut the value-added tax from 18 percent to 13 percent by 2009.

New Heights for City Skyline

Spectacular plans for a 600-meter-tall tower to be built in Moscow to designs by British architect Sir Norman Foster were unveiled at the MIPIM international realty fair in Cannes, France, on Wednesday.

Global Exposure for Regional Real Estate

A performance by a Cossack choir at the opening cocktail party and an impressive model of the Kazan Kremlin were just two of the signs of the major Russian presence last week at the biggest-ever MIPIM exhibition of property market professionals.

'Petersburg City' to House Big Firms

A 300,000-square-meter office complex will be built to house the giant national companies intent on registering in St. Petersburg, the city's deputy governor, Alexander Vakhmistrov, said at a news briefing last week.

Melnikov Daughter Drops House Claim

Yelena Melnikova abandoned her claim to half of her family's house, a downtown Moscow 1920s Constructivist landmark, settling a 20-year-old ownership conflict and paving the way for the creation of a museum in honor of the Soviet architect who built it, Konstantin Melnikov.

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