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2 Parties Challenge Putin's New Front

The Communist and Just Russia parties are creating organizations to counter Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's All-Russia People's Front ahead of State Duma elections.

Putin Lacks Ideas on Lowering Social Tax

Viable legislation for lowering the social tax burden on companies, a key part of President Medvedev's modernization agenda, has not been put forward by the government, prompting suggestions of a schism between the White House and the Kremlin.

Petersburg Native to Head Realtor Group

St. Petersburg realtor Alex Romanenko has been elected president of the International Real Estate Federation, which unites 100 national real estate associations worldwide.

OECD Suggests More ‘Balance’ in Innovation

The Russian innovation system is distorted by imbalances that can be addressed through a policy of “balancing acts,” a senior official with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday.

Big Cuts Loom in Izvestia Revamp

The publisher of Izvestia, once known as Russia's New York Times, signaled Monday that two-thirds of the newspaper's journalists might face dismissal as he seeks to turn the publication into something "cooler" than Kommersant and Vedomosti.

Race On to End Spat Over Vegetable Ban

The Moscow Times
EU and Russian officials expressed hope Monday that a dispute over Russia's decision to ban European vegetables amid an E. coli outbreak in Germany would be resolved before a EU-Russia summit at the end of the week.

Cleanup Starts After Arms Depot Fire

The Defense Ministry's top weapons official clung to his job Monday as de-mining specialists swept the grounds of an Urals arms depot ravaged by a weekend fire, dodging the occasional blast from still smoldering artillery.

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