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Kitsch to Meet Innovation at VVTs

More than 20 years after the fall of communism, the Soviet splendor of the All-Russia Exhibition Center is finally set to collide with the realities of modern Russia as a $1.5 billion modernization program gets underway in 2012.

U.S. Visa Deal May Be Set for New Year

A long-awaited visa agreement between Russia and the United States will hopefully be ratified before the New Year's holiday, although it will have to wait until after a State Duma is voted into office.

$60M Earmarked for Tourism

Russia is to spend up to $60 million on a six-year advertising campaign to bolster its image as a tourist destination.

Hotels Train in English, Manners, Motivation

As international hotel companies open more properties in Moscow and hire thousands of new employees, the training of hotel employees is set to increase in both importance and scale.

Tax Structure Could Shift to Help Regions

Kremlin economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich proposed on Monday that the government consider introducing a sales tax to replace the backbone of federal finances, the value-added tax.

Putin Puts Off Call-In Show Until After Vote

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will hold his annual live televised call-in show before the end of the year, but only after the Dec. 4 State Duma elections are held

'Darth Vader' Claims Land in Ukraine

Welcoming the local authorities' move to the dark side, Darth Vader has asked for a land plot in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa: A city resident dressed as the "Star Wars" villain recently visited the mayor's office to claim a free plot.

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