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11/29/2007

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20 Years After a Revolution by Culture

Twenty years after Mikhail Gorbachev initiated glasnost, it is clear that, like every fateful ""tipping point"" in human history, the change has furnished enough material for scholars to plumb for many years. It may be too early to appreciate what glasnost has contributed, its depth, its passions and, yes, even its significance.

Trumped by Traffic Jams

None of my friends knows what to do about the upcoming State Duma elections. Some think that it would be wrong to vote for United Russia since it has turned the campaign into a Soviet-style farce.

Dumplings in Demand

The pelmennaya genre has been changing rapidly over the last several years.

Ask the Chef

Peter-Paul Speckert of Switzerland is the head chef at Sorry, Babushka and Prado Cafe.

Couch Surfing

A global group of travelers offers a cheap way to explore the world and to see foreign countries from a local perspective.

Kudrin Says Arrest Is Hurting Debt Talks

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned on Wednesday that the arrest of his deputy Sergei Storchak on embezzlement charges was starting to harm the ministry's activities.

Sberbank Approves Gref as New Head

Sberbank's board of directors overwhelmingly voted in German Gref, the former economic development and trade minister, as the state-owned bank's new president Wednesday.

Business in Brief

Oil Fund to Rise to $157BlnSUEK May Be Worth $8BlnGazprom Neft's $2Bln Loan$17Bln Technologies SalesRusAl to Build Foil PlantUrals Energy Reserves UpTransCreditBank Gets LoanNaspers Raises Mail.ru StakeEnel in Asset Swap TalksBelarus Plans Eurobond SaleUrals Hits 8-Week LowMegaFon to Use Nokia Tech36.6 Posts 9-Month LossInflation to Follow $100 Oil

Gazprom Eyes More Exports

Bloomberg
Gazprom may increase gas supply to Europe by as much as 25 percent by 2020.

Volkswagen Opens Kaluga Factory

Bloomberg
Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, opened a factory in Russia on Wednesday as it seeks to triple its share of the country's market over the next three years and joins rivals Ford and Renault in beginning production in one of the fastest growing car markets.

Ukraine May Raise Transit Fee

Reuters
Ukraine told Russia on Wednesday that it could charge more for Russian gas transit to Europe if Moscow imposed steep gas price increases, raising the prospect of another gas dispute between the two countries.

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