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Raunchy TV Show Gives Kremlin Education Reforms a Boost

The documentary-style series "School" is breaking taboos by showing Moscow teens discussing their sex adventures and dragging on marijuana cigarettes in the schoolyard, but the show has proved a boon for the Kremlin by getting a lackadaisical public to take interest in its efforts to reform schools.

Investment in Real Estate Falls Sharply

Total Russian investment in real estate fell 77 percent in 2009, declining to 790 million euros ($1.1 billion) from 3.4 billion euros the year earlier, according to CB Richard Ellis.

Medvedev May Skip Vancouver Visit After Poor Showing

President Dmitry Medvedev had been expected to arrive in Vancouver Friday or Saturday but delayed the visit after the defeat of the Russian hockey team, a local consul said.

Duma Votes to Lower Election Threshold to 5%

State Duma deputies on Friday gave preliminary approval to a presidential bill that would grant one seat in regional legislatures to parties that collect at least 5 percent of the vote.

Constitutional Court: Strasbourg Is Binding

Constitutional Court judges called upon lawmakers to treat rulings of the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights as a basis for reforming the country's judiciary.

Russia Seeks 66,000 Suspects Abroad

The Moscow Times

Among the Russians known to live in self-imposed exile in Britain are former Kremlin powerbroker Boris Berezovsky, former Rosneft head Mikhail Gutseriyev and former Yevroset owner Yevgeny Chichvarkin.

Poll: Young Men Prefer Fast Food

The Moscow Times

The average Russian fast-food junkie is a male of 18 to 24 who lives in Moscow, St. Petersburg or the Far East, has a well-paying job and holds a university diploma, a survey said Friday.

Mysterious Investor Acquires St. Petersburg Palace

By Nadezhda Zaitseva / Vedomosti

The federally protected building, built in 1775 and reconstructed in 1858 and 1874, is located in the historical center of St. Petersburg, alongside the Summer Garden between the Troitsky and Liteiny bridges.

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