Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s election campaign is funded by individuals and legal entities rather than the ruling United Russia party, just as his election rival opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said land plots that will be bought from now on along the future Moscow-Kazan high-speed railroad would be bought back by the state at cadastral value. The railroad project will be worth some 1 trillion rubles ($30.4 billion).
Russia's Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will produce a new generation variant of its Superjet airliner, the Superjet NG, by 2019-2020. The news comes just a day after Sukhoi Civil Aircraft had racked up debts of around $2 billion.
The main economic indicators for Russian industrial production do not suggest the country is on its way to recovery in the second half of 2013.
(The Moscow Times)
Access to sites with pirated content is to be terminated in Russia from Thursday, in a bid to prevent copyright-holders losing billions of rubles due to piracy. Instead, Internet users will get legal online services with cheap video files.
Ukraine's leading confectioner Roshen has suspended exports to Russia after Moscow's chief public health official Gennady Onishchenko banned Roshen products, claiming they do not meet quality and safety standards.
(Izvestia, Moscow Times)
The potash market is to experience its first ever price war, following the breakdown of a cartel agreement involving Russia's Uralkali earlier this week.
The state will provide subsidies for human rights NGOs from next year, according to an order from President Vladimir Putin posted on the Kremlin’s website.
The Moscow authorities announced the impending demise of the city's Matveyevsky food market, where migrant workers from the North Caucasus brutally beat a policeman on Saturday, prompting speculation about whether the move is pure retaliation for the mob attack. Meanwhile, President Putin
(Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Novaya Gazeta, The Moscow Times)
Russia’s national emergency telephone number 112 will be available for calls across Russia from August 12.
Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former banker from Kazakhstan and an opponent of the Kazakh authorities, has been arrested in southern France. He is wanted by a number of countries, including Russia, for financial crime and is likely to be extradited to his home country.
In yet another conflict between internal migrants and local people in Russia, ethnic Chechens have clashed with residents of the town of Murlat in Tatarstan.
Almost 150 traffic cops in the Russian city of Tyumen have gone on strike and sent an address to President Putin over what they say is the complete criminality rampant in their department.
Investigators said they were preparing a new criminal case against former Yaroslavl Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov, who was arrested on attempted bribery charges in early July in what his supporters say was a frame-up to ruin his party's chances of winning regional elections.
(The Moscow Times)
Russian "mat" - a second language which sounds crude and offensive to most Russians and is not used in polite speech - is in fact a national treasure, not to be compared to simple swearing in other languages. So says a Russian linguistic institute, which argues that new restrictions on using "mat" on blogs and social networks are inappropriate.
Russia's Defense Ministry approved a plan Wednesday for development of robotic systems by 2025 to fight its future wars, but the program is hamstrung by a lack of finance, and Russia's continuing brain-drain.
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