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New Mayor Vows to Tackle Graft

Sergei Sobyanin, a longtime lieutenant of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, took office as Moscow's mayor on Thursday and vowed to curb the corruption and excessive bureaucracy that he said was stifling development.

Volodin to Replace Sobyanin as Putin Aide

The Kremlin on Thursday appointed Vyacheslav Volodin, a senior official from the ruling United Russia party, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, one of the most powerful positions in the country.

Sell-Offs to Be Key for City Coffers

Mayor-in-waiting Sergei Sobyanin will push forward with the divestment of city assets, possibly yielding $10 billion per year, but he is unlikely to review controversial deals done by his predecessor, analysts said.

Nobel Winners Tell Why Russia Lacks Allure

The Russian-born physicists who won this year's Nobel Prize say their education in Moscow was among the best in the world, but they have no desire to return to the land of their birth or be involved in the Kremlin's Skolkovo innovation center.

Mobile Firms to 'Voluntarily' Cut Prices

Russia's big three mobile operators — MTS, VimpelCom and MegaFon — will “voluntarily” decrease prices on both international and domestic roaming services before Dec. 1, Federal Anti-Monopoly Service chief Igor Artemyev said.

Teenage Monastery Boarders 'Abused'

Prosecutors have promised to investigate complaints by three teenage boarders at a Russian Orthodox monastery that their teachers beat them with belts and made them eat salt.

RusAl Unlikely to Dump Norilsk Board

A battle for control of Norilsk Nickel is likely to result in victory for Vladimir Potanin, the tycoon who runs investment holding Interros, a poll of analysts showed Wednesday.

Anti-Graft Plea Sent to Doctors

A test of President Dmitry Medvedev's determination to fight corruption appeared to fail Wednesday when the government inexplicably passed a Yabloko request to investigate income declarations to the Health and Social Development Ministry.

Paratroopers Commander Defends Serdyukov

The Moscow Times
Paratroopers commander Vladimir Shamanov on Wednesday denied that Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov had ordered the demolition of the church for Ryazan region paratroopers.

Putin Pumps $300M Into Clean Water

A United Russia-backed program to expand access to drinking water will get 9 billion rubles ($292 million) over the next three years, a significant decrease from the initially planned sum, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

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