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Home Improvement Thrives on DIY

The do-it-yourself mentality runs deep in the Russian soul, as evidenced by the $14 billion in estimated sales of renovation materials, equipment and fixtures last year, with shower stalls being the item most in demand.

Tula Murders Blamed on Local Teen

The Moscow Times
Investigators said Thursday that they have "no doubt" that they solved the gruesome murder of five in Tula — now blamed on a local teenager, possibly in love with one of the victims.

Paper Seizure Linked to Letter, Not Photo

Authorities in the Kaliningrad region have come under fire after police seized 40,000 copies of a local newspaper, which carried an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev demanding that he fire local leaders.

Arctic Showcase Gets Scrutinized for Safety

International conservationists on Thursday censured Gazprom's preparations for the country's first Arctic offshore drilling, urging the company to delay production until after this year.

Strategic Thinking Means Saying 'No'

By Bela Lyauv / Vedomosti
Andrei Sharonov is a city government official with a business background. Now, as deputy mayor for economic policy, one of his main tasks is to improve the city's investment climate.

Bargain Building Faces Demolition

Real estate prices were skyrocketing in the mid-2000s, and Vladislav Vorontsov was delighted to buy an apartment at half the market price. But the apartment he showed a Moscow Times reporter had no gas, water, electricity or heating.

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