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08/30/2011

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Elite Hotel Concierges Far Cry From Surly Babushkas

Pavel Nikolayev received a phone call one day. A guest at a Moscow hotel wanted lilac roses to give to his wife for her birthday. The birthday was in three days. Could it be arranged? "Of course, why not?" Nikolayev said.

Amid Anarchist Attacks, Bombing Targets Policeman's Luxury Car

A luxury car driven by a Moscow district police officer was damaged shortly before midnight Sunday by a bomb, possibly the latest in a string of attacks by militant anarchists.

Zubkov to Keep Gazprom Post Despite Medvedev's Order

First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov will remain chairman of the country's biggest company, Gazprom, a Kremlin aide said Monday, in the midst of confusion about the position that sprouted from the Kremlin push to purge state companies of top government officials.

MICEX, RTS Gain but Problems Persist

Russian stocks rose sharply Monday in line with a global rally, but market insiders warned that nothing was standing in the way of another tailspin like the one witnessed in early August.

Program to Provide $82M to Parks

The government will spend 2.4 billion rubles ($82 million) on a targeted program to develop nature reserves across the country over the next three years, Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev said.

WikiLeaks: Russian Foreign Ministry 'Bastion' of Sexism and Low Pay

"Sexism" and "low pay" are the name of the game at the Foreign Ministry, and the country's middle class is growing but remains devoid of a political conscience, according to new U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Former Yukos CEO Khodorkovsky Lands Magazine Job

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has a new job — as a magazine columnist.

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