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Auchan Store Mired in Red Tape

The huge glass-fronted windows of French retailer Auchan's spanking new Troika mall in northeast Moscow reveal shelves in pristine condition, stacked with rows and rows of already priced goods.

Stricter Rules for Press in Putin's White House

Reporters have been allowed to wander around the White House as they pleased for the past 16 years -- with the exception of the fifth-floor area around the prime minister's office.

Putin May Have 11 Deputies

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin will have 11 deputy prime ministers after he assumes his new post as prime minister — six more than in the current government structure, Gazeta reported Monday.

Dress Rehearsal On Red Square

The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the show of tanks and other military hardware at this year’s Victory Day parade should not be seen as saber-rattling.

Liberalized Gas Prices Face Delay

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry will propose a delay in the government's plan to deregulate gas prices for industrial consumers, a senior ministry official said Monday.

Chinese to Rescue Electricity Plans

Chinese engineers are coming to the rescue of the electricity sector, as outgoing President Vladimir Putin backs a five-year expansion plan that will rival Lenin's drives to electrify the nation.

Criteria Proposed for Office Center Grades

Three international real estate consultancies have presented new criteria for the classification of office centers, recommending that the system be implemented to ease communication with clients and partners.

Rebranding Gazprom

The transfer of presidential power to Dmitry Medvedev will likely mark a turning point in how the world views Gazprom. For much of the last four years, Gazprom has been viewed with suspicion mixed with frustration as approval for projects to increase the country's energy exports were often delayed.

A Survival Guide for Expats

A recent conference aimed to help new arrivals make the most of their time in Moscow.

What to Do: Learn About Water Without Getting Wet

To get to the museum of water, you have to go through a little sculpture garden.

The Latest Botanika

It was several years coming, but Botanika No. 2 has arrived. The original Botanika, located on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa, is not the kind of place you would expect to become a chain.

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