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Mikhalkov Takes Jab at Medvedev

Nikita Mikhalkov, the Oscar-winning film director and a monarchist with close ties to the ruling elite, set the political classes chattering Wednesday with the release of a nearly 10,000-word political manifesto promoting “enlightened conservatism.”

Sobyanin Fires Aide, Assails Reports

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin dismissed a senior city official and cut short a City Hall meeting after complaining that officials' presentation on school meals was "raw."

Moscow, Kiev in Oil Deal

Russia and Ukraine initialed a new oil transit agreement Wednesday as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin hailed a blossoming of trade between the neighbors since President Viktor Yanukovych's election in February.

Teacher 'Fired' Over Software Plea

A battle over whether open-source or proprietary software should be used in Moscow's public schools spilled into the open Wednesday when a schoolteacher said he was forced to quit for complaining about being forced to use Microsoft programs.

GPS-Only Devices to Be Hit With Tax

The government plans to levy a customs duty on devices that only support the Global Positioning System navigation standard, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday, calling the measure “motivation.”

Fishing to Get $13Bln Overhaul

The commercial shipbuilding industry is in dire straits — with a shrinking fleet and little domestic manufacturing — and requires $12.8 billion in investment over the next 10 years to maintain the country’s fishing fleet, the government said Wednesday.

Sberbank Looks to Buy Stake in Detsky Mir

By Timofei Dzyadko / Vedomosti
Sberbank may become a co-owner of Detsky Mir by buying part of an additional share emission, according to an announcement on the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service's web site at the end of last week.

Passions Flare Over Triumfalnaya Protest

The Moscow Times
Passions flared Wednesday over this weekend's opposition rally on Triumfalnaya Ploshchad following a report that human rights veteran Lyudmila Alexeyeva had met the Kremlin's controversial politics chief, Vladislav Surkov, to discuss the event.

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