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05/03/2011

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Yaroslavl Builds Industrial Parks (Mafia Beware)

During a tour of the industrial park where the Japanese firm Komatsu is based, director Yasuhisa Tsukamoto told a group of consultants who will eventually be employed to advise investors about how he had faced problems with the "mafia."

Women More Likely to Default on Loans, Study Says

A new Mail.ru study suggests that women are more interested in loan products than men and are more likely to look for ways to avoid returning the money they have borrowed.

Gays, Eggs and Twitter at May Day Rallies

Gays crashed a Communist rally, ultranationalists protested migration and the president's Twitter account, the mayor got pelted with eggs, and hipsters rallied for raccoon power during unusually colorful celebrations of the May Day holiday in Moscow.

Navalny Donors Fret About FSB 'Leak'

The Federal Security Service has collected personal data on people who donated to whistleblower Alexei Navalny, and the information was later leaked to third parties, including possibly a pro-Kremlin youth movement, bloggers said.

Royal Wedding Can't Compete With the Dacha

When the bells tolled for Prince William and Kate Middleton in London last Friday, many Muscovites were stuck in huge traffic jams out of the capital for the start of the traditional dacha season.

Kremlin Got Tip on Bin Laden’s Death

Vladimir Putin was the first international leader to call George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Now President Obama has returned the favor, notifying the Kremlin that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden before making the public announcement.

Medvedev Offers Hope to Weary Car Owners

Motorists may be spared the notoriously cumbersome and corruption-ridden procedure of mandatory car inspections, with President Dmitry Medvedev suggesting that the practice be abolished.

Figure Skater Ando Lifts Japanese Spirits

Reuters
It took Japan's Miki Ando just four minutes to boost the spirits of her devastated nation after she unexpectedly glided to gold at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Putin Courts Arts Workers Ahead of Vote

Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised increased state funding for culture and pay hikes for museum workers, courting the artistic community in an election year.

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