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03/19/2009

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Russia Looks to Ease Visa Rules for Westerners

By Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times
Visa rules will be eased for white-collar workers from the European Union, the United States and Japan under legislation being prepared for the State Duma, the Federal Migration Service said Thursday. Posted 8:09 p.m.

Just No Substitute for New York Cheesecake

Facing a weaker ruble, restaurants start to evaluate which imports are essential — and which they can do without.

Putin To Report to Duma on Cabinet's Performance

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will report to the State Duma next month on the performance of his government in 2008, Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said Thursday. Posted 3:19 p.m.

Kremlin Doles Out Funds to NGOs

The Kremlin has named five nongovernmental organizations that will decide on the allocation of 1.2 billion rubles ($35 million) of state grants to NGOs this year.

Putin Says No Cuts to Space Program

Russia will maintain its previously planned spending to develop and build new spacecraft in an effort to preserve jobs and continue moving toward a high-tech economy, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Medvedev Brokers Transdnestr Talks

Reuters
Russia, Moldova and Transdnestr agree that an international mission might replace Russian troops in the breakaway region.

WBD Income Drops by 27.3%

Wimm-Bill-Dann, Russia's biggest dairy and baby food producer, posted a 27.3 percent drop in net income last year because of "the unprecedented devaluation of the ruble," the company said Wednesday.

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