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10/14/2010

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2-Week National Census Kicks Off

Instead of alarm clocks, some Muscovites were to be woken early Thursday by text messages from the State Statistics Service informing them that a nationwide census — the first since 2002 — is starting.

Little Improvement Shown in U.K. Ties

Britain and Russia still disagree profoundly on issues like the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, but despite this both governments will work on improving relations, their foreign ministers said Wednesday.

Chaika Says Graft War Failing

The size of the average bribe has surged by a third as the government's war on corruption faltered this year, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said Wednesday. Chaika berated senior officials involved in the graft fight.

Chavez Visit to Land Social Housing Deal

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is scheduled to arrive Thursday for a two-day official visit, during which the close Russian ally is expected to sign agreements on building social housing in Caracas and to establish a binational bank.

Governor Finds Worm in Kremlin Salad

A senior Kremlin official blasted Tver Governor Dmitry Zelenin for "imbecility" on Wednesday, after the regional leader posted online a photo of a worm he found in his salad during a state dinner for German President Christian Wulff.

Multimillionaire Draws the Line at Sin

If you are single, in a sexual relationship and working in the business empire of Vasily Boiko-Veliky, you had better say your marriage vows before a clergyman this week. Otherwise, you'll be fired.

Central Bank Moves Toward Greater Flexibility of Ruble

Reuters
The Central Bank said Wednesday that it has widened the ruble's floating exchange rate corridor, in a move seen as a cautious step toward a free-floating currency and focusing the bank squarely on inflation.

Potanin Has Peace Offer For RusAl

Bloomberg
Billionaire Vladimir Potanin said Wednesday that he was ready to work with United Company RusAl, a rival shareholder in Norilsk Nickel, on seeking ways to make the nickel producer more efficient.

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