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Swedes to Help Create $1Bln Hotline

Sweden's Ericsson will help Russia develop a $1 billion national emergency hotline similar to 112 in European countries, and Russia will waive some visas for Swedes, officials announced as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Stockholm.

Chaika Defends Record at Tenure's End

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika vigorously defended his record Wednesday as his tenure nears an end amid a turf war that has engulfed his own son. Chaika needs the Federation Council's approval to remain in office once his term ends in June.

Experts Defend Price of Roads

A panel of government officials and experts met for the first time Wednesday in an attempt to dispel the idea that road building is so corrupt that Russia's notoriously bad roads are much more expensive than in Europe and the United States.

70,000 to Learn English for the Olympics

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Wednesday hired EF English First to teach the language to an astounding 70,000 people as part of preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Audit Chamber Lashes Out at Activist

The Audit Chamber has threatened to sue liberal activist Marina Litvinovich for implicating its head and his family in a report on government corruption. Her report targets the families of 18 senior officials, including Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin.

City Police to Eliminate 30 Street 'Traps'

In a rare victory, a motorists' group has won a promise from Moscow traffic police to change traffic regulations at about 30 locations it identified as "traps" exploited by the notoriously corrupt police force to extort bribes from drivers.

Nurgaliyev Promises Regular Police Performance Reports

Regional, district and precinct police officials nationwide will report on their performance to the public at regular open meetings starting in June, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said Wednesday.

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