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State’s Expectations High for Vancouver Team

Russia’s 179 Olympians will be competing for record cash at home — and amid major scrutiny over doping in Vancouver.

Business Asked to Help Modernize

President Dmitry Medvedev chaired a meeting of his commission to modernize the economy in Tomsk, where he met with leaders of the business community and urged them to present concrete plans for modernization.

Two Years After Garbage Avalanche, Sochi Homes Remain Buried

Promises of prosperity for the 2014 Winter Olympics host city ring hollow for the residents of a small neighborhood near the local airport, who have been homeless since a garbage landslide almost two years ago.

Medvedev Wants More Privatization

Medvedev ordered the Cabinet to sell off more government assets, as the government is facing a budget deficit for a second straight year.

Ministry Presses for Fire Insurance

A proposed bill would speed up financial compensation for victims and protect property owners from insolvency because of fire damage.

Belykh Touts Kirov Region to AmCham

Nikita Belykh, formerly an outspoken opposition politician, has led the impoverished region in the western Urals for just more than a year.

Hostage Sailors' Wives Protest in Kaliningrad

The Moscow Times

Wives of a group of Russian sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates in October demonstrated in Kaliningrad on Thursday to demand that authorities help free their husbands.

Europeans Back Russian Cars

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin traveled to Tatarstan on Thursday to oversee the signing of two key auto deals — Fiat agreed to establish a joint-venture with Sollers, while Daimler is to boost its stake in KamAZ.

NATO, United States Congratulate Yanukovych

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warmly welcomed Yanukovych's election — although his presidential challenger, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has yet to concede defeat — in a clear signal that the military alliance wants to keep Ukraine's allegiance close.

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