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Russia needs democracy, not chaos
Friday, 23 December 2011 08:28
On December 22, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made an address to the Federal Assembly. Head of State proposed a number of initiatives to transform the political system. They include the return of direct gubernatorial elections and simplification of registration of political parties. It became Medvedev's last speech as president...
Russian civil aviation to fall into oblivion with WTO
Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:01
Some experts believe that Russia's membership in the WTO isn't going to change anything in the Russian civil aviation. Some others predict a total collapse of the industry. It is already one foot in the grave - there is no point in pretending otherwise. During the Soviet times, nearly every forth airplane in the world was labeled "Made in the...
Four Russians fall victims to war in Yemen
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:22
Four Russian citizens have been killed in Yemen. Armed clashes between the government troops and the opposition continue in this country for months. The unrest started in February, when opposition activists demanded former President Ali Saleh should be put on trial. The Russians arrived in the country illegally, for religious purposes...
Russia's legendary giant planes unable to find their customers
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:21
Resuming the production of world's largest serially manufactured cargo planes An-124 Ruslan will cost approximately 20 billion rubles and is not going to happen soon. Several requirements will have to be met first. First and foremost, one would have to receive the order for at least 60 such aircraft. Such a large order would compensate the costs...
Russia works on 100-ton monster ballistic missile
Monday, 19 December 2011 14:48
The decision about the creation of the new missile system with a liquid-fuel heavy missile has been made. The complex will have increased possibilities in overcoming the prospective missile defense system of the United States. The new missile, the mass of which is going to make up 100 tons, is said to replace the world-known Voevoda (Satan)...
Protest couple targets of persecution campaign by Vladimir Putin
Saturday, 17 December 2011 17:42

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov has gone on hunger strike in a Moscow prison as his wife Anastasiya carries on organising the pro-democracy campaign

It is 10am and the tatty apartment blocks of southern Moscow are still shrouded in winter darkness as a slender young woman hurries towards the metro.

Black-haired, in jeans and a thin leather...

Arab Spring anniversary: how a lost generation found its voice
Friday, 16 December 2011 21:35

It started with a death in Tunisia, spread to Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria. But one year on, the youth revolt has gone truly global

It could have easily been overlooked. It was not the first time a young, frustrated Arab had taken desperate action to draw attention to the plight of the marginalised millions. But on this occasion the news of a...

Revising the Moscow in Our Minds
Friday, 16 December 2011 20:29
Some stereotypes are based on a kernel of truth, while others are stuck in the time warp of Soviet film. Here, tourists and expats are candid about the real deal. 


Stereotypes owe much to the Cold War and the Iron Curtain, when only a few people could see for themselves what things were really like "over there." Twenty years have passed since...
Strange Allies March Together in Moscow
Friday, 16 December 2011 19:36
What does it say about the social fabric when opposition members join the nationalists' march? 

The annual Russia March has for some time been a fringe event and a rallying point for the disenfranchised, the alienated and the perverse -- skinheads in black masks, Orthodox fundamentalists with icons and neo-Nazis carrying the flag of the SS...
Paying My Mortgage is My Future
Friday, 16 December 2011 19:11
Economically, Russia's new middle class is both freer and more burdened - privileged and squeezed - than their parents. 

Just 20 years ago, most Russians owned their apartments, even if it was the size of a postage stamp, and had no mortgage, a legacy of communism. Their money was kept under the mattress. 

Today, there is a middle class...
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