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Putin Says Graft a 2-Way Street

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin supported a proposal to rate Russian regions by their business climate but warned business leaders not to expect an easing of bureaucracy until they prove that they're able to wean themselves off irresponsible practices.

Surprise Candidate to Head Human Rights Council

President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday tapped an unexpected member from his human rights council to take over as chairman, surprising members who had expected the body's acting head to be given the influential post.

Luzhkov Caught in Unguarded Vienna Moment

Sitting on a bench close to St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, former Mayor Yury Luzhkov and his billionaire wife, Yelena Baturina, were listening to street musicians when they were spotted by two Russian reporters.

Drug Rehab Workers Jailed as 'Revenge'

Three workers with a private anti-drug foundation were jailed by a Sverdlovsk region court Tuesday on kidnapping charges that the organization's head called revenge by corrupt local authorities.

10 Years Later, Credit Cards Are Mainstream

Russians now hold 7,600 percent more Visa cards than they did 10 years ago, a senior Visa executive said Tuesday, a number that shows an explosive growth of the market.

Governor Says Traffic to Be Terminated

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger encouraged Russia to follow his state's example in promoting renewable energy sources and a green economy.

Cirque Set To Expand Over Russia

Combined Reports
Canadian circus company Cirque du Soleil wants to expand its business in circus-loving Russia and create a permanent presence by 2015, its president said.

Anti-Snow Plan Ditched

The Moscow Times
In the latest sign that City Hall is abandoning former Mayor Yury Luzhkov's policies, First Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov said Tuesday that no experiments will be conducted to blast snow clouds from the skies.

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