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Medvedev Steps Up Efforts to Boost Population

The country's population has shrunk by 6 million since the Soviet collapse in 1991 because of economic hardship, rampant alcoholism and other factors, and is only now beginning to show an increase.

Khloponin Tapped to Head New Caucasus District

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Khloponin, a veteran politician and former businessman, is to take charge of the North Caucasus Federal District, a new "super region" which stretches across the conflict-torn republics of the North Caucasus.

Putin Wants Reform of Agriculture Regulations

The Moscow Times
Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik estimated that the proposed reforms, which will be legislated for in the next two years, will result in a 70 percent drop in the bureaucratic burden on the agriculture sector.

Police Official Overseeing Extremism Linked to $15M Bribe

A former city prosecutor and a top police official in charge of extremism cases have been put on a national wanted list in connection with corruption charges.

Patriarch Blames Crime and Drugs for Haitian Quake

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill compared Haiti with Kazakhstan, noting that Kazakhstan has not experienced any earthquakes recently despite its seismological position, a news report said.

Ammonia Producer Shuts Plants After Gas Price Hike

TogliattiAzot, Russia's largest ammonia producer, closed six of its 11 facilities in response to an increase in gas prices, and accuses its gas supplier of overcharging.

North Ossetian Vodka King Accused of Tax Evasion

The Moscow Times
Ruslan Albegov, one of the most powerful businessmen in North Ossetia, is accused of owing more than 1 billion rubles in back taxes and of illegal business activity, the Interior Ministry said.

Putin Allows Baikal Plant to Reopen

In a decree published on the government's web site, the prime minister allowed the plant, which was mothballed in 2008 amid a row about pollution, to resume making pulp, paper and cardboard in the area surrounding the lake.

Prokhorov Gets OK for Budget Car

The Moscow Times
Industrialist Mikhail Prokhorov and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discussed plans to develop a budget car with "a fundamentally new design and cutting-edge technology," a government spokesman said.

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