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Onishchenko's Departure Signals Stricter WTO Compliance

The surprise dismissal last week of Gennady Onishchenko as head of the Federal Consumer Protection Service could indicate an increased willingness on Russia's part to abide by World Trade Organization, or WTO, requirements, a top U.S. business lobbyist said Friday.

Sochi Risks Fumbling its Olympic Tourism Opportunity

With 100 days left until the Winter Olympic Games, tourism industry insiders fear that the country has missed its opportunity to capitalize on the event and promote the host city to domestic and international tourists.

Opposition Rally Marks Lull in Protest Movement

Thousands of people marched along the Boulevard Ring in central Moscow on Sunday in support of suspects in the Bolotnoye case and other people they deemed to be political prisoners, but the turnout was smaller than at major opposition rallies held earlier this year.

New iPhones Go on Sale in Russia

Sales of the souped-up new iPhone 5s and its low-end counterpart, the iPhone 5c, kicked off Friday in Russia and more than 30 other countries worldwide.

Mironov Regains Just Russia Chairmanship

A Just Russia reshuffled its leadership over the weekend, a move that analysts said signaled the party's desire to assuage some members' discontent with a poor showing in regional elections last month while remaining loyal to the Kremlin.

Georgia Votes for President, Entering New Era

Georgia voted for a new president Sunday in an election that will bring the curtain down on Mikheil Saakashvili's decade-long rule, but is unlikely to end political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic.

Russia Will Stage World Cup Despite Racist Incidents, FIFA Head Says

Russia will still stage the 2018 World Cup finals despite the continuing blight of racism in the country's soccer, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Sunday.

Chechen LDPR Breaks With National Organization Over Zhirinovsky Comments

RIA Novosti
The regional branch of the Liberal Democratic Party in the republic of Chechnya has broken from the national organization after the party's leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said Russia should "block off the Caucasus with barbed wire" during a television program.

Brand Competition Reveals Progress in Marketing Communication

The Russian consumer is selective, does not trust advertising the way that he used to, demands quality but stays loyal if a chosen brand continues to meet his requirements, the winners of the country's No. 1 brand competition said at a news conference Friday.

Belarussian KGB Accused of Abduction Attempt in Potash Dispute

RIA Novosti
An ongoing effort to improve soured Russian-Belarussian relations has come under threat after reports that Belarussian secret police tried to arrest a Russian citizen in downtown Moscow.

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