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Keeping Your Conscience Clean

I have not voted since 1993. What is the point in voting for State Duma deputies whose only concern is how to avoid getting dispersed or shot at for disobedience? It is even more pointless to participate in the presidential election when the president has already been appointed.

Crown City on an Island

Kronstadt has charming streets that take you back to an era long past, and the mystery of a once-closed town.

Italian Without the Frills

Given its location in the middle of Ulitsa Ostozhenka -- also known as the heart of the Golden Mile -- Assaggiatore is something of a surprise.

Icon: Dried Bananas

As Soviet children of the 1980s recall, up until the early '90s bananas existed in only two forms: green and dried.

Business in Brief

Oil Profits Invested in 20076 Chemical Plants PlannedPipeline Deal Seen in 2007Fastest Petrol Hike in a YearCoal Mine Auction Date SetTMK Plans Capacity BoostMordashov to Up TUI StakeLUKoil, Trafigura Place BidsNovatek Profits RiseGazprombank Places BondsIran to Buy 5 TU-214sBunge to Up Oil OutputEBRD to Arrange LoanPoland's Empik to Expand

Sect Leader Refuses to Talk to Flock

The Associated Press
A doomsday cult leader refused Wednesday to urge followers awaiting the end of the world in an underground hideout to release several children, a government official said.

Storchak's Allies Call for His Release

Lawyers and colleagues of Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak mounted a fierce defense of the imprisoned official Wednesday, calling for his immediate release as he faces charges of attempted embezzlement.

Gazprom, Eni to Ink Pipe Deal

Gazprom and Italy's Eni will sign a deal on Thursday confirming their plan to build a new pipeline to supply Russian gas to Europe, industry sources said.

River Oil Shipments May Face Ban in 2008

The government may impose limits on oil products shipments by river in 2008 following a large fuel oil spill from a river barge in the Kerch Strait earlier this month, industry and government sources said Wednesday.

Prokhorov Offers to Sell Stake in Norilsk

Norilsk Nickel's largest shareholders moved a step closer to sealing a key deal Wednesday that could see Vladimir Potanin gain control of the mining giant and end months of speculation over the fate of business partner Mikhail Prokhorov's stake.

Firms Seen Ignorant of Software Piracy Risks

The report commissioned by Microsoft says 80 percent of companies still use unlicensed software.

MICEX Eyes Stake in Kazakh Bourse

MICEX stock exchange is holding talks to buy a 5 percent stake in Kazakhstan's bourse KASE, its head Alexander Potemkin said Wednesday.

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