MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti)
Russians believe Vladimir Putin’s rule has not brought any special progress, a survey conducted by the VTsIOM pollster showed.
The United States and the European Union plan new measures to impose a total embargo on trade with Iran. In this way, the West hopes to aggravate the Islamic Republic’s unfavorable financial situation and make Tehran quit its nuclear program.
The Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia has made another step toward the demarcation of its border with Chechnya. Once Chechnya submits its proposals on the issue, a bilateral working group will develop a final variant of the agreement.
The political success of opposition bloc Georgian Dream led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, and the defeat of President Mikheil Saakashvili have prompted discussions of serious political changes inside Georgia, which may also change the country’s relations with Russia.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Deputy economics minister Andrei Klepach has admitted that the 2013 budget draft submitted by the government to the lower house of parliament would slow down the development of the social sphere in Russia.
The victory of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili in Georgia’s parliamentary elections is a mystery, as well as is his personality, even for Georgians who cast their votes for him.
President Vladimir Putin is convinced that an overwhelming majority of Russians support him. He believes there would appear interesting people among opposition leaders.
City Hall said 66 percent of Moscow residents are content with Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s work.
Moscow police have opened a criminal case over the September 30 incident when people celebrating a Dagestani wedding in downtown Moscow opened fire from rubber-bullet pistols. A three-year old boy is believed to have been injured.
The international community will make the first attempt to agree to free the Middle East from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Russia will be among the organizers of a conference that will make first steps in that direction. The event is expected to be held in Helsinki in December.
Russia’s second largest mobile communications operator Megafon may launch an IPO in London soon, a source close to the company said.
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