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Conflicting Signs on Looming Biometric Visas

While the Russian consulate in London is getting ready for deploying a biometric visa system, its headquarters in Moscow — the Foreign Ministry — denies such a plan is in the works.

Energy Efficiency Initiative Will Mean Good Business

Sharp-eyed investors have spotted a new fad to cash in on — the Russian government’s enthusiasm for energy efficiency. “It’s just starting,” Leonid Sorokin, general director of Honeywell Russia, told The Moscow Times. “But it is going to be big.”

Article 31 Protesters Set Sights on Vote

Rights veteran Lyudmila Alexeyeva claimed victory Tuesday in an opposition initiative to defend the constitutional right to free assembly by holding rallies in central Moscow and announced a new campaign for fair elections.

Putin Hosts Debate on Deficit Spending

Volunteer economic experts advising the government clashed with a senior official for the first time Tuesday, when Central Bank Chairman Sergei Ignatyev scoffed at their idea of preserving a budget deficit to finance investment.

Pro-Putin Weaver Lands State Duma Seat

A weaver from the Ivanovo region who shot to fame in 2007 for demanding that the Constitution be amended to allow Vladimir Putin to serve a third term as president has been handed a United Russia seat in the State Duma.

Umarov Charged in Airport Bombing

Investigators charged Chechen warlord Doku Umarov on Tuesday with masterminding the Domodedovo Airport bombing, even as media reports suggested that he might have been among 17 militants killed in clashes a day earlier.

Post Crisis, Job Applicant Quality Is Down

Job seekers are failing to match the requirements of prospective employers, a new survey by recruiting agency Kelly Services has revealed. The average candidate received a skills-to-requirements rating of about three out of five.

Baltic Sea Letter in a Bottle Found 24 Years Later

The Associated Press
Nearly a quarter-century after a German boy tossed a message in a bottle off a ship in the Baltic Sea, he's received an answer. A 13-year-old Russian, Daniil Korotkikh, was walking with his parents on a beach when he saw something glittering lying in the sand.

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