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Putin Borrows From Soviet Union on Social Justice

President Vladimir Putin described the Soviet Union as a land of opportunity and called for two Soviet relics, mandatory school uniforms and the "Hero of Labor" award, to be dusted off in the name of social justice, during an informal meeting with supporters in Rostov-on-Don on Friday.

Vice Presidential Post Mulled to Ensure Power Transition

The Moscow Times
A group of President Vladimir Putin's advisors are considering reintroducing the position of vice president - a move that might create conditions for a smooth transition of power to Putin's presumed successor.

Litmus Test Election Reveals Flaws

This town of 100,000 people, 25 kilometers southeast of the capital, elected its mayor on Sunday in an election marred by numerous reports of falsifications and vote-buying in favor of the government-sponsored candidate.

BIE Delegation Assesses Yekaterinburg's EXPO 2020 Bid

A delegation of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) visited Yekaterinburg late last week to evaluate the country's chances to host EXPO 2020, while President Vladimir Putin promised state support if the city is selected.

3-Year Anniversary of Metro Bombings Commemorated

The Moscow Times
Memorials were set up Friday morning at the Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the metro bombings that took the lives of 40 people and injured more than 100.

Petropavlovsk Shows New Niche for Hedging as Gold Rally Stalls

The gold industry's decision to hedge against falling prices for the metal cost major miners billions less than a decade ago, when bullion soared, leaving them trapped in loss-making contracts.

Baikonur Launch Plan Finalized

Russia and Kazakhstan appear to have put to rest their differences over the number of launches to be allowed from Baikonur spaceport, following weeks of talks.

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