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New Drunk Driving Rules Face Criticism

New federal rules for inspecting suspected drunk drivers took effect across the country Monday, including broader reliance on alcohol breath tests and a requirement that two witnesses monitor the process.

Sobyanin Takes 2 Steps to Fight Traffic

The Moscow Times
New Mayor Sergei Sobyanin took two steps toward combating Moscow's notorious traffic jams: compelling City Hall officials to start work an hour earlier and canceling the construction of a downtown office building in favor of a parking garage.

Attacks on Police Officers Triple

The Moscow Times
About 900 police officers have been killed or injured over the past two years as the number of attacks against the police force has tripled, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said Monday.

Medvedev’s Milestone Kuril Islands Trip Irks Japan

President Dmitry Medvedev became on Monday the first leader of modern Russia to visit the disputed Kuril Islands, where he toured local facilities, shopped for fish and snacked on a slice of bread spread with butter and red caviar in front of the cameras.

Microsoft, Ministry Fight Corruption

Microsoft and the Communications and Press Ministry have teamed up to open a web site that sets price ceilings for Microsoft software in an attempt to fight corruption at state agencies, the ministry said Monday.

Russia, France Sign Ship Deal

The Associated Press
Russian and French shipbuilders signed an agreement Monday to set up a consortium to build military and civilian ships, officials said.

Expat Demand For Luxury Property Falls

More Russians than foreigners now rent high-end apartments in Moscow for the first time since at least 2007 as an effect of policy changes by multinational corporations.

Ex-Cop Arrested for Beating Schoolteacher

The Moscow Times
A former police officer was arrested Monday on charges of beating up a young female schoolteacher in front of her students in St. Petersburg, Interfax reported.

Ballmer Vows Millions for Skolkovo

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer signed off on a plan Monday to join the government's Skolkovo innovation hub, which could see the U.S. software giant investing "tens of millions of dollars" in the project and nascent Russian tech ventures.

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