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Muscovites Getting Used to Paid Parking

Yelena, a freelance consultant who lives in central Moscow, was trying to get the hang of the city's first automated paid-parking system. And it wasn't exactly going to plan.

Gerasimov New Head of General Staff

Recently appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday named Colonel General Valery Gerasimov the new head of the General Staff, which wields operational control over the armed forces.

City Hall Mulls Taxing Doubles of Tsars, Soviet Leaders

Tsar Nicholas II carries around a doctor's note that states he's not psychotic. Upon request, he also retrieves, from the inside pocket of his blue military uniform, a passport, veteran's card and a certificate to prove that he is registered as a sole proprietor.

$4.2Bln Arms Deal With Iraq May Be in Jeopardy

Combined Reports
Iraq has canceled a $4.2 billion deal to buy military jets, helicopters and missiles from Russia, citing possible corruption in the contract.

Drug Chief Voices Tepid Support to Roizman

The Moscow Times
Russia's top narcotics cop has voiced cautious support for Yevgeny Roizman, whose controversial drug rehabilitation fund, City Without Drugs, has come under increasing police pressure in recent months following the death of a patient from one if its clinics.

Moscow's Crazy Roads: Motorist Causes 7-Car Pileup After Making Wrong Turn

The Moscow Times
A Moscow motorist caused a major road accident Nov. 5 when he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on a busy, five-lane stretch of Prospekt Mira.

Why the Kremlin Won't Privatize Rosneft

After World War II, French governments from both sides of the political aisle pursued a policy known as dirigisme. Dirigisme entailed consolidating fragmented industrial assets into large holdings, or "national champions,"that could carry long-term economic growth and speed up recovery in the postwar years. National champions to this day remain enshrined in the national conscience of the French people as proud symbols of French wealth, a family silver of sort. Selling the family silver usually doesn't make for a popular policy.

$200M 'Embezzled' Through Glonass Contractor

A major space industry contractor stole 6.5 billion rubles ($200 million) in federal funds earmarked for the troubled Glonass satellite navigation system.

Report: Gazprom Won't Yield Soon on Ukraine

Gazprom may have agreed to cut prices for many of its European customers, but the chances of its biggest foreign market, Ukraine, getting a discount appear slim.

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