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All Smoke and Mirrors

Almost two years have passed since the Public Chamber was established, and this provides a good occasion to draw some preliminary conclusions regarding its work -- most important, its real impact on the development of civil society.

A Name for Every Month

One of the interesting effects of dacha life is that you begin to lose track of the days of the week. You stop marking the days as Monday or Saturday, and instead think in terms of ""the day it rained"" or ""the scorcher.""

Pacific Pipeline Delayed Until 2015

Plans to build an oil pipeline to the Pacific coast will most likely remain on hold until at least 2015, waiting for the development of east Siberian fields, Deputy Industry and Energy Minister Andrei Dementyev told a Cabinet meeting Thursday.

Scrap Sellers Urge VAT Abolition

Scrap metal processors Thursday urged the state to abolish value added tax on steel scrap, which they said was allowing corrupt merchants to drain nearly $1 billion a year from state coffers.

New System to Speed Up Cash Transfers

The Central Bank has created a new system to make payment transfers between banks faster and more efficient, Chairman Sergei Ignatyev said Thursday.

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