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Group Debate Irks Mayoral Candidates

Moscow's election committee announced Tuesday that debates for the Sept. 8 mayoral election will be held with the participation of all six candidates simultaneously — an arrangement many say is a result of acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's reluctance to go head to head with opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Potash Giants End Alliance, Market in Turmoil

The breakdown of Uralkali's joint venture with Belaruskali has been called a "revolution" on the potash fertilizer market.

Siberian Politician Accused of Buying Official-Sounding Award

The Moscow Times
If you can't add a Kremlin award to your resume, why not just buy one for $3,000? That's what investigators are accusing the head of a district in Siberia of doing — and of using government money to pay for the award to boot.

State Unveils $9Bln Program to Aid Countryside

The government and private investors will spend 300 billion rubles ($9 billion) to increase the investment potential of rural areas and make them attractive to young professionals, but experts said the new state program was too small to even begin to reverse the decline of the Russian countryside.

Police Vow Renewed Fight After Attack

Moscow police on Tuesday conducted a second day of inspections at the city's open-air markets as the fall-out of Saturday's brutal attack on a policeman continued with over 1,000 detentions and Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev demanding that ethnic crime be eradicated.

Georgia to Re-Erect Stalin Statue

RIA Novosti
A famous statue of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that was torn down overnight three years ago in his hometown of Gori will be reinstated in time for his birthday, December 21, local and Western media reported Tuesday, citing Georgian officials.

Expert Invokes Italian Economic Miracle as Model for Russia

Removing obstacles that inhibit the development and operation of small- and medium-sized enterprises in Russia is the key to economic recovery, an Italian expert said.

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