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Strict Measures in Works to Boost Population

Senior federal officials on Tuesday discussed at the Kremlin the country's draft plan for the next 12 years to support families with children and ultimately reverse the natural population decline.

Lavrov Says Convening Syria Conference 'a Tall Order'

Holding a conference to end Syria's civil war will be a "tall order," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his U.S. counterpart, but he saw some chance of success.

Top Investigator Alleges Pro-Pedophilia Lobby

The existence of a powerful pro-pedophilia lobby within the government explains why adults who sexually abuse children tend to receive light sentences or escape justice altogether, Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin said Tuesday.

Mi-8 Ban Won't Stop Putin From Testing New Kremlin Helipad

The Moscow Times
The Defense Ministry grounded its Mi-8 helicopters after a crash killed one serviceman Tuesday, but the Kremlin said the ban would not stop President Vladimir Putin from using his new helipad.

Opposition Request Rally for Russia Day

The Moscow Times
Leaders of the country's opposition have submitted a request to the Moscow city authorities to conduct a rally on Russia Day, Left Front leader Sergey Udaltsov wrote Tuesday.

Gref Says Russia Lacks Project Management Experience

Though Russia has funds to finance infrastructure, it lacks project management experience to develop such projects and needs to borrow it from abroad, German Gref, the head of Sberbank, said at a business lunch for investors held by the Transportation Ministry on Tuesday.

Medvedev Learns Geology at Skolkovo as Startups Seek Their Niche

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Startup Village conference at Skolkovo on Tuesday, reaffirmed his commitment to the Skolkovo innovation hub following a recent embezzlement scandal surrounding the project he conceived during his presidency, and learned a bit of geology.

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