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As Smoke Clears, Nizhny Novgorod Courts Investors

The Nizhny Novgorod region has had its share of tribulations: It has seen unemployment jump and foreign investment fall, and it was among the worst hit by this summer's wildfires. But the regional administration is betting that the area can bounce back.

Election Watchdog Sees Apathy, Tricks

Early campaigning for next month's regional and municipal elections has been tarnished by dirty electioneering by United Russia and public apathy, the country's only independent elections watchdog, Golos, said.

First Regional Chiefs Quit Over Wildfires

Three senior Volgograd regional officials, including a deputy governor who headed the region's emergency situations commission, resigned Monday over their handling of wildfires after coming under criticism from the Kremlin.

Transstroi Sacks CEO, Alleges Embezzlement

Oleg Deripaska's construction company Transstroi fired its chief executive for embezzlement, the billionaire's investment vehicle said Monday, in a rare public dismissal of a major Russian company's CEO.

Firms Challenge Private Landlords for Tenants

Moscow’s few professionally managed buildings are providing stiff competition to private landlords in the rental market for upmarket apartments, especially for foreigners.

Khimki Road Gets Luzhkov as Backer

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has backed the construction of an $8 billion toll road through the Khimki forest, disappointing forest defenders who had hoped that Luzhkov's strained relations with the Moscow region governor would prompt him to support an alternative route.

Sapsan Adds Routes to Nizhny Novgorod

Russian Railway's Sapsan train will now run twice daily between Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow, the company said in a statement Monday, adding seats to a route that has become popular since its launch in late July.

Poor Security Blamed for Dagestani Car Blast

The Moscow Times
A suicide car bomber managed to enter a military camp near the Dagestani city of Buinaksk over the weekend because of poor security measures implemented by the military, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Monday.

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