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03/23/2012

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Leftist Leaders Announce Effort to Join Forces

Two high-profile opposition State Duma deputies from A Just Russia joined forces Thursday with a prominent member of the Public Chamber to announce plans to create a Social Democratic Union to bring together Russia’s left-wing forces.

Nabiullina Counts Payoff of Campaign Promises

Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina said Thursday that the proposals that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made during his presidential campaign will annually spur economic growth by up to 0.4 percent over the next three years.

Q&A: Petrov Sells Russian Helicopters — and Flies Them

Readers of Britain's Times might have been astonished when they opened the newspaper one April morning last year and saw a full-page advertisement of a helicopter flying over Buckingham Palace and carrying a huge white gift box tied up with a white ribbon.

Latest TB Statistics Inspire Optimism

Russia’s efforts to control the spread of tuberculosis may be yielding results.

McFaul Speaks Up for Relaxed Visa Regime

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul is giving renewed attention to a visa facilitation agreement with Russia that has been held up in parliament since the start of the year.

FSK Pulls Plug on Offshore Contracts

The Moscow Times
Just days after the Federal Grid Company told business partners who refused to disclose ownership that it was terminating their contracts, the state-owned electricity distributor announced that it will avoid buying materials from contractors registered offshore.

Medvedev Renews Corruption Battle

President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a bundle of measures Thursday to carry forward the fight against thriving corruption, although he admitted that eliminating the problem is a goal for the future, as some of his recent initiatives failed to bear fruit.

Pussy Riot Member Invites Church Spokesman to Visit Her in Jail

The Moscow Times
An alleged member of all-female punk group Pussy Riot has invited Orthodox Church spokesman Vsyevolod Chaplin to visit her in jail to hear her opinion on the band's unauthorized performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral last month.

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