MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti)
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Central Election Commission chief Vladimir Churov to analyze the results of regional parliamentary elections that saw the ruling United Russia party win a large share of the vote on a low turnout.
The opposition, however, does not recognize its defeat: the Communist Party plans to contest the gubernatorial elections in the Bryansk, Ryazan, Saratov and Penza regions, as well as the Krasnodar Territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree firing Regional Development Minister Oleg Govorun, a Kremlin official said. Govorun is believed to have taken offense when Putin publicly reprimanded him. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the dismissal.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has held a meeting of the consultative council on foreign investment – an influential foreign business association in Russia.
The Finance Ministry will revise the budget parameters reducing the budget deficit forecast to zero.
The crews of some European airlines will need visas to enter Russia as of November 1 if the European Union does not scrap its visa policy for Russian officials, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Luxembourg.
(The Moscow Times)
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin advised city residents to more actively rent apartments instead of buying them.
The ruling United Russia party has decided not to restore the minimum alcohol content norm, which makes it possible to separate drunk drivers from those drivers who have a certain amount of natural alcohol in their blood from using medicine or drinking fermented food products like sour milk. That follows a series of high-profile road traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers in recent weeks, drawing the ire of President Putin and other politicians.
Russia's pension system reform currently under discussion is the most controversial social and economic project in the past few years.
Russian truck maker Kamaz may be the first in Russia to launch serial production of battery-powered electric buses.
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