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Sobyanin Takes On Moscow Traffic

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that he would fight Moscow's traffic jams — a problem that President Dmitry Medvedev has identified as a top priority — by creating new parking, developing public transportation and constructing new roads.

Cautious Praise for Revised Police Bill

Trying to understand what is new in the Kremlin's latest version of its 176-page bill to reform the police force could take considerable time. So the Kremlin, in line with its mantra to fight corruption with transparency, has published the entire bill online.

Magna Opens Kaluga Factory

Canadian auto parts maker Magna launched its new plant in Kaluga, which the company said showed its belief in the strong potential of Russia’s automotive market.

Traveling to Canada Risks 4 Years in Jail

Trying to travel to Canada now could land a Russian national in prison for four years, as answering new visa application questions amounts to divulging state secrets, a tourism group warned.

Russia, U.S. Raid Drug Labs in Afghanistan

Associated Press
U.S. and Russian drug agencies, along with Afghan forces, raided heroin and opium labs in Afghanistan in a cooperative bust, destroying $250 million worth of drugs, officials said.

Europe Frets About Flight Fees

The European Union announced that it has initiated legal action against four member states, in an attempt to end a long-running dispute with Russia regarding overflight fees.

European Watchdog: Bring Back Direct Elections

The Moscow Times
The Council of Europe on Thursday called on the Russian government to reintroduce direct gubernatorial elections and strengthen local democracy.

Poll: 70% Know Nothing Of Sergei Sobyanin

The Moscow Times
Seventy percent of Russians draw a blank when asked to identify Sergei Sobyanin, the former deputy prime minister who was named Moscow's mayor, according to a new poll.

Elections Body Says 90% of Complaints Unfounded

The Moscow Times
More than 90 percent of reported violations during Oct. 10 regional and municipal elections were unfounded, the Central Elections Commission said Thursday.

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