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State Companies Oblivious to R&D

Expert RA rating agency found that large corporations in Russia are the least involved in research and development. Foreign corporations finance more than 65 percent of their countries' total R&D compared to 20 percent for Russian corporations.

Matviyenko to Run for Councilwoman

Governor Valentina Matviyenko is preparing to become a councilwoman in one of St. Petersburg's 111 district councils — a step that will pave the way for her to be appointed speaker of the Federation Council.

A U.S. Cowboy in Kazakhstan

Wearing a Stetson and spurred cowboy boots, Michael Slattery tethers a restive calf with his lasso like a swashbuckling hero from a Wild West movie. But the 23-year-old Nebraskan is a man with another mission: to help Kazakhstan revive its lost reputation as a major beef exporter.

Top Court Backs Whistleblowers

The Constitutional Court has ruled that state employees cannot be punished for engaging in whistleblowing activities against their superiors.

Customs Union Relaxes Borders

Customs offices on the world's longest continuous land border, between Russia and Kazakhstan, will be closed indefinitely starting Friday as a new international free-trade zone comes to fruition.

Putin Slams His Front's Membership Tactics

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin condemned the involuntary enlistment of people to his All-Russia People's Front on Thursday after the group embarked on a chaotic membership drive that has swept musicians, architects, HIV and cancer patients and even an entire neighborhood into its fold.

When Psychiatrists Assist Greedy Relatives

Galina Kozlova, then 62, was drinking tea in her Moscow apartment when psychiatrists called by her sister broke down the door, handcuffed her, dragged her to a car and took her to a psychiatric hospital.

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