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Surkov Tapped to Oversee Religious Issues

Vladislav Surkov, a deputy prime minister and a former Kremlin political power broker, has been appointed to oversee religious organizations, a move seen as aimed at improving the tarnished image of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Tour Operators Face Losses as Wind Jet Collapses

A dozen Russian tour operators might face millions of dollars in losses because of unforeseen costs they had to bear after Italian budget carrier Wind Jet abruptly halted flights amid the high season.

Skolkovo Construction as Challenging as Innovation

In the summer of 2014, the Skolkovo Innovation Center at Moscow's western edge is supposed to welcome eight world leaders and thousands of other guests for that year's G8 Summit.

German Arrested for Spying for Russia

A civilian NATO employee arrested in Germany last week on spying charges was working for Russian intelligence.

Kamchatka Observer: Goodbye

In her final post for the Kamchatka Observer blog, author Julia Phillips writes about saying goodbye to the snowmobiles, bear cubs, and superlatively kind people of Kamchatka.

Highlights from the blog:

Twenty Years With the Gerasimovs (Nov. 15, 2011)

At War With Poaching in Protected Areas (Jan. 25, 2012)

A Fiery Win for Dog Musher (April 13, 2012)

Preservationists Fight Arbat Building Demolition

In the middle of the Arbat, there is a crumbling wall behind a graffitied construction fence. The scene around the site seemed quiet Monday morning, but mistakenly so.

Businesses Push Inclusive Employment for Bottom Line

Yury Sidorov was afraid he wouldn't find a job after he lost the use of his legs in a car accident five years ago.

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