NGOs have found a way to circumvent the law on “foreign agents.” While officially abstaining from foreign funding, their employees will work in specially established commercial organizations to receive foreign financing.
(Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets)
ECONOMICS & BUSINESS
The Moscow authorities have established several joint ventures with Azerbaijani and Belarusian companies to work on further construction of the subway in the Russian capital.
Business is urging the government to expedite legislation that would introduce recycling fees for household waste to attract investment into the industry, but officials from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said this law will not be ready for at least another three years.
(The Moscow Times)
Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has called for tougher measures against illegal migrants, claiming they account for many crimes committed in the city.
Thousands of Muscovites took the well-trodden path to Bolotnaya Square on Wednesday to voice their opposition to President Vladimir Putin's 13-year rule. While observers had thought that few would attend the "March Against Executioners," about 10,000 protesters took to the streets as the country celebrated the Russia Day national holiday
(The Moscow Times)
Russia’s State Duma will ban single foreigners living in countries where same-sex marriages are allowed from adopting children.
Scientists have spoken out against increasing the maximum authorized speed on highways, saying road use standards should be adjusted and drivers become more disciplined first.
Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has praised his job as an interesting one and said he would not like to head the Russian government because the prime minister’s job is very hard and thankless.
(Izvestiya, Moskovsky Komsomolets)
Finland accused Russia of violating its airspace. Russia’s Defense Ministry denied that its aircraft deviated from their routes to Finland’s territory.
The Moscow City Telephone Network is switching over to new technology, using fiber-optic instead of copper cables. The effort will require $2 billion worth of investment.
Wargaming, the Belarusian developer of the hugely popular World of Tanks game, is striving to increase its presence on the US market by developing a variant for the XBox 360 games console.
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