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Medvedev Touts Privatization and Pro-Business Policies

President Dmitry Medvedev made a passionate plea for his modernization drive Friday, promising a host of new investor-friendly measures and strongly distancing himself from policies associated with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

How to Arrange a Rendezvous With the President

Chief executives vie to meet President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin because getting noticed by the country's two most powerful men can lead to large contracts, change legislation and ease bureaucratic hurdles.

How Medvedev Delivered on Last Year's Promises

Many of President Dmitry Medvedev's promises made at last year's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum have been fulfilled as he endeavors to attract investment and modernize the economy.

Governor Out After Worm Scandal

Tver Governor Dmitry Zelenin, who angered the Kremlin last fall for complaining online about finding a worm in his salad at a presidential reception, lost his post Thursday.

Olympic Organizers Faked Mascot Entry

Using absurdity to protest the authorities is a long-standing Russian tradition, and nowhere did it blossom so splendidly as during a contest for the Sochi Olympics mascot, led for months by a psychedelic blue toad.

Investors Cheer Visa, WTO Progress

In a significant easing of visa rules, U.S. and Russian citizens will soon be able to secure three-year multiple-entry visas and will not need to secure visa invitations, U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle said.

Putin's Intern Is Sexy, Cheap

The Moscow Times
A former fashion model has joined Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's two-man team of photographers, even though bloggers were unimpressed with her camera skills. Putin's spokesman said the prime minister could not afford a better professional.

Renault-Nissan, AvtoVAZ Continue Talks

Negotiations over the Renault-Nissan alliance's plan to take a majority stake in top Russian automaker AvtoVAZ are likely to take a few more months, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Kidney Stones Mar Casino Case

The Moscow Times
A simmering turf war between investigators and prosecutors has taken an unusual turn after the Investigative Committee promised to look into a complaint about renal colic that allowed a suspect to bypass the interrogation room for the hospital.

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