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Airports, Roads and Metro Bursting at the Seams

Predicting further expansion of the airline business, the government announced recently that it would finally invest an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in building another runway at the state-owned airport in the next few years.

Zyuganov Announces 2012 Kremlin Bid

While President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin keep the nation guessing whether either will run for the presidency, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov became the first politician to announce that he will stand in next year's election.

Expats Lead Market in High-End Rentals

Demand for high-end apartment rentals jumped by 40 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, as more foreigners are moving to Moscow due to stable economic growth, a real estate agency said Friday.

Road to Skolkovo Bumpy, But Not Many Know

A recent VTsIOM survey indicates that Skolkovo is currently the key element associated with President Dmitry Medvedev's innovation program; but the new roads leading to the hub are reportedly already in poor shape.

Railcar Venture Eyes Market for Freight

In Soviet times this larger-than-life industrial plant near St. Petersburg hummed with 20,000 employees and the manufacture of parts for giant tractors. Today, IST Group will invest about $1.2 billion to make freight cars using the old factory and U.S. technology.

Medvedev Gets Tough on Illegal Drugs

President Dmitry Medvedev called Monday for a crackdown on rampant drug use, proposing compulsory treatment for addicts and nationwide drug testing for grade school students.

Medvedev Pops By Apartment Building Unannounced

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev took a step toward fulfilling a promise to examine residential neighborhoods nationwide Monday, dropping by a six-story apartment building during a trip to Irkutsk to inspect its courtyard and mailboxes.

Court Bans Leading Nationalist Group

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court on Monday declared that the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, a leading nationalist group, was extremist and banned its activities.

Medvedev to Get 'Serious' About U.S. Visas

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev promised on Monday to "seriously discuss" the easing of the visa regime between Russia and the United States during an upcoming meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, RIA-Novosti reported.

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