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Visa Rules May Be Eased for Westerners

Worried about a shortage of skilled labor, the government is working on new rules that could include an end to work quotas.

Economy Shrank 8 Percent, but Shuvalov Expresses Optimism

The economy shrank 8 percent in the first two months of the year, the Economic Development Ministry said Friday, as First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov signaled that growth could return by the year's end.

As Crisis Bites, People Drink Milk

Russia is not just a country of beer and vodka but also a place where people indulge in seemingly outlandish dairy products.

Putin Presents Revised Budget

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presented a revised budget on Thursday that diverted funds from key areas like agriculture and the police to support social programs and pensions.

Sex Video Knocks Russian Out Of Contest

A Karelian woman vying for what Australian tourism officials call "The Best Job in the World" has been dropped from the competition after her home sex video was posted on the Internet.

Duma Passes Plea Bargain Bill in 2nd Reading

The State Duma on Friday passed in a crucial second reading a bill that would allow prosecutors to offer reduced punishments to suspects and defendants who cooperate with investigators.

A Just Russia Joins Packed Sochi Election

Another name was added Friday to the crowded mayoral election in Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, as A Just Russia announced its local leader will vie for the seat.

In the Spotlight

Mickey Rourke might be making a comeback with his new film “The Wrestler,” but in Russia he’s never been away.

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