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Reduced Social Tax Will Increase Investment, Decrease Evasion

Lowering the social tax is necessary for business growth, will reduce "gray" economic activities and facilitate more investment, experts said. The recent increase is stifling business growth, which is already suffering under price increases of electricity.

'Spy Gadgets' Ruling Outlaws Cell Phones

Got a dictaphone? A cell phone with voice recording function — say, an iPhone? It's up to three years in jail for you, or a fine of 200,000 rubles ($7,000), unless you obtained permission for your gadget from the Federal Security Service.

Split Opposition Holds Two 31 Rallies

The opposition appears to have ended its split and settled on a routine, staging two rallies Thursday in Moscow, one of which was dispersed, while the other ended peacefully.

New Rules for State Medical Purchases

The government Thursday approved more stringent rules for price and quality at state acquisition biddings as it moves to spend more than $3 billion over the next two years to buy mostly foreign equipment for an extensive health care upgrade.

Salaries Going Up, Candidates Get Picky

Salaries across most sectors are projected to grow in 2011 as the market recovers to pre-crisis levels and demand for job applicants increases, human resources specialists said.

Eclectic Gala Held for Soviet Leader

It was a bizarre evening in the Royal Albert Hall. If you had ever been asked who would attend the 80th birthday celebration for the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, it is unlikely that you would have answered Shirley Bassey, the Scorpions and one of the Spice Girls.

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