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Momentum Grows for Eased Visa Rules Between EU and Russia

Cumbersome EU visa restrictions for Russians could be lifted under a plan pushed by the Spanish EU presidency, with visa-free travel as the ultimate goal.

Federal Agency, City Hall Caught in Fish Fight

The government has decided to open a chain of cheap fish and chips kiosks that draw on the country's bountiful catch, but Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov is rocking the boat.

Khloponin Vows to Solve Caucasus Troubles

The Moscow Times
The presidential envoy to the newly created North Caucasus Federal District, Alexander Khloponin, said he will meet all the leaders he will be working with in the volatile region.

Glavstroi Subsidiary Files for Krost's Bankruptcy

Oleg Deripaska's Mosmontazhspetsstroi has filed a petition with the Moscow Abitration Court against Krost, a Moscow-based developer, for bankruptcy.

State Offers Banks Help On Fraud

The Moscow Times
The Federal Migration Service will seek to give banks information on fake and fraudulently obtained passports and visas.

British Court Defends ‘Vodka’ Brand

Vodka in Britain has joined the ranks of Swiss chocolate and champagne as a legally protected product that must conform to EU content regulations, following a High Court ruling.

Economy Ranked a Notch Above ‘Repressed’

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative U.S. think tank, gave Russia a freedom score of 50.3, half a point down from last year, in its latest index of economic freedom in 183 countries.

Energy Sector Needs $550Bln Investment

The Moscow Times
A KPMG study claims that Russia needs roughly 39 gigawatts of new generating capacity, plus significant modernization of the 220 gigawatts currently installed.

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