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03/24/2011

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Social Networks See Big Bucks in Inmates and Spirits

On the average day, very few of us want to pay a visit to a prison, let alone become an inmate. But in the alternate reality of the social network site Vkontakte.ru, it is the place people rush to after work — and even sometimes during office hours.

Majority No Longer Rules in the Regions

President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday signed a law that will give political parties larger representation in regional and municipal legislatures. But opposition parties warned that the change would violate voters' rights.

Kuchma Denies Role in Gongadze Murder

Reuters
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma on Wednesday denied involvement in the 2000 murder of opposition journalist Heorhiy Gongadze and said he was ready to go through "all the torments of hell" to prove his innocence.

Former Norilsk Chief Morozov Joins EBRD

The government has recruited a Western-educated businessman, former Norilsk Nickel chief Denis Morozov, to serve as Russia's director on EBRD's board, filling a seat vacated amid a corruption scandal.

Accounting Change Crucial for Progress

Leaders of the accounting profession are in agreement about the goals of change, including the full implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards, but arguments rage over how to a make this a reality.

Volunteer Bill Fights Fire With Red Tape

Summer 2010 remains in public memory as a season of calamity, when a record-breaking heat wave caused wildfires that blanketed central Russia in toxic smoke, causing dozens of deaths and inflicting damage in the millions of dollars.

Medvedev Signs Law Easing Registration for Expats

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev has signed into law a raft of measures aimed at easing the lives of foreigners and protecting them from official corruption, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

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