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State Board Purge to Start July 1

President Dmitry Medvedev has given Prime Minister Vladimir Putin until July 1 to start removing government ministers from the boards of state companies, adding teeth for the first time to his long-floated initiative to improve the country's investment climate.

State Duma Looks to Fine Impolite, Neglectful Bureaucrats

Some State Duma deputies hope $350 is the price for good manners. A bill submitted to the Duma on Friday would levy fines of up to 10,000 rubles ($350) on bureaucrats who ignore suggestions from people.

Medvedev Gives Aviation $176Bln, Scolding

President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday promised the biggest tranche of government spending on the aviation industry since the fall of the Soviet Union — and then told Russia's aviation firms to "work harder instead of begging for money."

Putin Tests Oligarch's Hybrid Car

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took a ride Friday with Yo-Avto chief executive Andrei Biryukov in a prototype of Russia's first hybrid car, the Yo-Mobile, which billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov plans to start mass-producing next year.

UN Staffer Saved by Lie in Afghan Massacre

In Russia, hardly anyone knows Pavel Yershov, a career diplomat with the UN's Afghan mission. But his name resonated worldwide after he emerged the sole survivor of a violent attack on the UN compound he headed in the Afghan town of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Book on Graft in Moscow Region Seized

Moscow regional police have seized the bulk of the print run of a book written by a Forbes Russia investigative reporter about the region's authorities purported links to corruption.

Medvedev Intervenes in 2 Agencies' Turf War

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev has donned the mantle of a mediator in a turf war between the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor General's Office, meeting with the heads of both agencies in his Gorki residence, Kommersant reported Friday.

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