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New Duma Draws From Politburo and Playboy

A former Playboy playmate, a former Politburo member, a champion boxer, actors and scores of businessmen are among the motley crew of deputies-elect to the new State Duma, which will convene for the first time next week.

50,000-Strong Rally Approved

Dashing fears that a second major rally over the State Duma elections would be banned, City Hall on Wednesday authorized a protest for Dec. 24 on Prospekt Akademika Sakharova.

WEF Raises Financial Rating

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Russia has moved up one step to 39th place in a global ranking of financial development according to the World Economic Forum's Financial Development Report, which analyzes drivers of financial system development in 60 leading economies.

Irkutsk Governor Will Run For Kremlin

A governor whose biggest claim to fame is perhaps his decision to delay an Aeroflot flight because he was running late will run for president against Vladimir Putin.

Gryzlov Quits Parliament After 8 Years

State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday that he would not take up his seat, ending eight years at the helm of the lower house of parliament.

Putin Call-In Show Liveblog

Highlights of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's annual call-in show, which The Moscow Times covered on this blog Thursday. Putin discussed presidential contender Mikhail Prokhorov, the recent protests and much more.

Business Group Sees Need for New Party

Kaliningrad businessman Andrei Demchuk was found on the bank of a lake a little over a year ago, bound and shot dead. The gun was nearby as well as documents strewn inside and outside his BMW X5.

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