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A Growing Class of Workaholic Russians

No one tracks the exact number of Russia's freelance workers – those who set their own hours and often work from home. But experts agree that their number has soared amid the economic recession.

Sunny Start to St. Petersburg Forum

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum got under way with cautiously optimistic predictions on both the forum and the Russian economy. Guests looked ahead to speeches by President Dmitry Medvedev and France's Nicolas Sarkozy.

Directly Elected Mayors on Their Way Out

Direct mayoral elections have been abolished in a number of cities, and Yekaterinburg may be next. The change is viewed by its opponents as the arrival of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's "power vertical" at the municipal level.

Adoption Deal Fast-Forwarded for Approval

A new Russian-U.S. child adoption agreement is ready to be forwarded to authorities for approval, after negotiators reached a speedy deal under which Washington accepted most demands by Moscow.

Federal Grid Company Seeks $30Bln Investment Plan

The Federal Grid Company is seeking approval to add $12.9 billion to its investment program, which would bring its total investment to nearly $30 billion over the next five years.

Otunbayeva Vows Refugees Will Return

The government has struggled to restore order following clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz around the ancient Silk Road city of Osh that killed about 200 people last week — the worst violence in Kyrgyzstan in two decades.

UN Counts 400,000 Kyrgyz Refugees

Makeshift camps on both sides of Kyrgyzstan's border with Uzbekistan are home to 400,000 refugees uprooted by ethnic violence, the United Nations said, and the area remains extremely tense.

Police Seize Pamphlets Criticizing Putin

Police seized 100,000 copies of a report criticizing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, opposition leaders said. Police allegedly held the driver of the van delivering the pamphlets for several hours.

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