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12/05/2012

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Corruption Index Keeps Russia in 'Zone of Shame'

Even as the government wages a high-profile anti-corruption campaign, Russia remains in the bottom third of Transparency International's corruption index, released Wednesday. The nation ranked on par with Kazakhstan, Iran and Honduras.

What the Papers Say, Dec. 5, 2012

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers

After Year of Protests, Activists Founding Political Parties

Activists who took part in large-scale protests against the Kremlin over the last year are putting their hopes in new political parties that could be used as a platform for opposition leaders like Alexei Navalny.

Small-Business Association Defends Foreign Cooperation

The head of Opora vowed Wednesday to continue the small-business association's cooperation with a U.S.-Russian business group that he said was maligned by "yellow" press in the wake of the new law on nongovernmental groups.

NATO Commitment to Georgia Still 'Solid'

Two months after an opposition party swept elections in Georgia, NATO on Tuesday reconfirmed its 2008 decision to treat the nation as a future member but expressed concern about its democratic development.

Forest Workers Getting Pay Raises, but Tasks Remain Daunting

Forestry workers can expect a pay raise next year as the government seeks to get a grip on the endemic wildfire problem and widespread illegal logging.

Foreign Ministry Criticizes EU on Human Rights Ahead of Summit

Reuters
The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that respect for human rights was declining in the European Union, turning the tables once again on the West and its criticism of Moscow's rights record.

Chinese Thirst Drives Illegal Logging in Russia's Far East

About nine o'clock in the evening on Feb. 12 seven years ago, Vladimir Baranov was killed by gunmen on the doorstep of his house in the fatal culmination of a dispute with illegal loggers.

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