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01/13/2011

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Bureaucrats to Learn English

The government wants at least 20 percent of federal officials to be fluent in a foreign language by 2020, and is even prepared to send them abroad to study in order to put Russia on a path toward an innovative future.

Whereabouts of $4Bln Is Classified

The protection of “strategic interests, defense capability and state security” is the reason now given by the Audit Chamber for classifying the results of its 2008 investigation into the alleged $4 billion worth of financial violations by state-owned Transneft.

Huge Budget Overruns on 4 Highways

The state highway company Avtodor received 39.5 billion additional rubles ($1.3 billion) for construction and redevelopment of four federal highways, up from 17.3 billion rubes ($402 million) originally allocated in the 2010 budget, Kommersant reported.

Mistral Construction In Russia, But Not by Pugachyov

A new shipyard will be constructed on Kotlin Island, 32 kilometers off St. Petersburg in the Baltic Sea, in order to build two Mistral helicopter carriers after 2014, a military source told RIA-Novosti.

MTS and VimpelCom Eye Same Property

Two of the country’s biggest telecommunications providers, Mobile TeleSystems and VimpelCom, are considering purchasing St. Petersburg-based operator Eltel, the CNews portal reported Wednesday.  Eltel specializes in fixed-line services and broadband Internet access.

Poles Blamed for Smolensk Jet Crash

The plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Smolensk occurred because a Polish general who had been drinking pressured an underqualified pilot to land in bad weather, Russia's aviation watchdog said in its final report.

U.S. Sees Norway as Uneasy With Russia

Recently released WikiLeaks cables reveal U.S. government opinion that underneath Norway’s friendly public approach to Russia, fears are growing.

Foreigners Barred From Purchasing Border Land

A new Kremlin decree a decade in the making bans foreigners from buying land near federal borders, but analysts said the move would not harm foreign investment into the country.

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