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Human Rights Activists Seek Western Protection

“Our people are being killed and injured and none of us knows who will be next,” veteran human rights campaigner Lyudmila Alexeyeva told a European Union conference in Moscow.

Putin Fires Deputy Minister for 'Wasting Money'

The Moscow Times
In a warning that the government will not tolerate excessive spending, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday dismissed a deputy regional development minister accused of wasting money earmarked for construction projects.

Putin Unveils $441M Small Business Plan

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced a 13 billion ruble plan to support small business owners, which, if approved by lawmakers, will more than double the spending that the federal budget earmarked to help the sector this year.

Energy Ministry Reduces 2015 Power Forecast

By Yelena Mazneva / Vedomosti
The Energy Ministry is rewriting its GOELRO-2 power plan, under which 20 percent to 25 percent less capacity will be built by 2015 than had been expected when the document was created four years ago.

Investigative Committee Stretches Budget To $81M HQ

By Anastasia Kornya / Vedomosti
The Investigative Committee is having dozens of new buildings constructed, including a 2.4 billion ruble ($81 million) head office on the Garden Ring, although additional budget expenses were never intended when the committee was formed.

Heeding Putin's Warning, OGK-3 Plans Asset Sale

The announcement from the power generator came after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin singled out OGK-3 as one of the biggest offenders of delayed investment in the power sector.

Researchers Blame Russian Drinking on $3 Vodka

The government-approved minimum retail price for a half-liter bottle of vodka is currently 89 rubles ($3), which is considerably lower than in Europe, and about two-thirds of deaths in car accidents in Russia are alcohol-related.

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