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Foreigners Take the Lead in Green

Western companies are a major force behind the spread of corporate ecological consciousness in Russia, as they try to apply their standards in local operations. Green practices range from sound timber harvesting to recycling of used appliances.

Communists, Ex-Soldiers Take to Streets

About 4,000 Communist supporters commemorated the 1917 Revolution at a gathering tarnished by scuffles Sunday, while 1,300 former paratroopers demanded the ouster of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov across town.

Medvedev Vetoes Bill That Would Restrict Protests

In a new sign of the Kremlin's changing stance on the opposition, President Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly vetoed on Saturday a bill cracking down on rallies.

Sobyanin Sends Aide to Duma

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has strengthened his grip on City Hall, making a longtime aide his representative to the city and federal legislatures, choosing a new spokeswoman and firing a prefect he had reappointed two days earlier.

Russia Lags in Fixing Business Conditions

Russia slipped in the latest annual ranking of business-friendly countries because its neighbors were more vigorous in improving conditions for businesses, said a report by the investment arm of the World Bank.

Reiman Developing Software

Former presidential IT and telecommunications adviser Leonid Reiman has started a new company, ROSA, that will develop free software. President Dmitry Medvedev has often said Russia badly needs its own software.

Putin Chokes Back Tears for Chernomyrdin

The Associated Press
Former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who served as prime minister in the turbulent 1990s as the country was developing as a market economy, was laid to rest Friday after an emotional eulogy by Vladimir Putin.

Kommersant Reporter Is Badly Beaten

Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday night as journalists and activists increased pressure on the authorities to investigate the savage weekend beating that broke his jaw, fingers and a leg.

12 Killed in Village Attack

The Associated Press
Unidentified attackers armed with knives killed 12 people, including three children and a newborn, who had gathered Friday for a celebration at a home in a Krasnodar region village, authorities said. The attackers then tried to burn the bodies.

Putin Roars Off in Formula One Race Car

Associated Press
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took a Formula One race car out for a spin on Sunday, reaching speeds of almost 240 kph. His televised test drive could help raise the profile of Formula One racing in Russia.

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