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Economy Robust, Sportsmen Poor

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday mocked the amount of funding provided to athletes to cover their daily expenses in training camps, saying the money would be hardly sufficient to buy matches.

Pilot Freed After Migrant Hunts

In a timely pre-election triumph for the Kremlin, Tajik authorities on Tuesday bowed to pressure from Moscow, releasing from prison a Russian pilot jailed on murky charges earlier this month.

Budget, Mid-Market Hotels Offer Cheap Sleep

Picture the Moscow hotel market as an upside-down pyramid. There are the five-star luxury hotels — at the top. And there is Moscow's lone budget hotel — at the bottom. But this pyramid is now righting itself, as mid-market and budget offerings ramp up.

Homegrown Films Losing Out

In the last two years, the share of domestically made films on the Russian market has fallen by half and now makes up no more than 10 percent.

Free Health Care Under Threat

On Tuesday, President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a bill that legalizes paid medical services in state facilities. Critics say it's a step toward abolishing free health care in the country.

Talent and Diversity Triumph in Tomsk

The middle of Siberia might not be the first place that comes to mind for investors wanting to do business that does not necessarily involve natural resources, but authorities in Tomsk are undaunted by their remoteness from Moscow as they try to attract companies to the region.

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