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03/16/2011

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Think Tank Offers Medvedev Platform for 2012 Re-Election Bid

The Kremlin's pet think tank rolled out a proposal Tuesday for radical political reforms that it says may serve as Dmitry Medvedev's platform for the 2012 presidential election. The report advocates a "reset of democracy."

Senator Seats, Political Loyalty Lure Tycoons to Polls

Among a motley crowd of 20,000 candidates to win seats in local legislatures nationwide last weekend were three prominent tycoons who had good, if varied, reasons to dabble in regional politics, perhaps to give their constituencies an economic boost.

Regions Ranked for Business Climate

As a place to do business, Tatarstan came in first and Moscow last in a survey of 10 regions released Tuesday. Conducted by the New Economic School, the survey used World Bank methodology to evaluate business environment.

U.S. Franchise Sees Healthier Eating

Research by frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry, which shows that Russians are increasingly inclined to watch what they eat, helped convince the company to open its first outlet in Moscow on Tuesday, adding another American franchise to the city.

In U-Turn, Putin Seeks Nuclear Checks

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered checks at all Russian nuclear facilities and a review of plans to develop nuclear energy on Tuesday as the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant deteriorated sharply.

Chernobyl Cleanup Expert Slams Japan and IAEA

Reuters
Greed in the nuclear industry and corporate influence over the UN watchdog for nuclear power may doom Japan to a spreading nuclear disaster, one of the men brought in to clean up Chernobyl said Tuesday.

Acrimony Over Lenta Supermarket Continuing

Scandal erupted among shareholders of St. Petersburg-based supermarket chain Lenta on Tuesday, when reinstated deputy director Dmitry Kostygin, his bodyguards and lawyers were kicked out of the company's central offices, while a $800 million buyout offer was not accepted.

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