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The west's hypocrisies give succour to tyrants | Nick Cohen
Sunday, 02 December 2012 01:04

Western politicians and judges behave as if the rest of the world is not watching

The folly as well as the malice of western politicians and judges lies in their parochialism. They behave as if the rest of the world is not watching; as if dictators and the leaders of oppressive movement are idiots from a Sacha Baron Cohen satire rather than the...

Russian diamonds to shine for Tiffany
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:02
Russian diamond company Alrosa will be supplying diamonds to world-known American company Tiffany & Co. The parties have recently signed a contract for three years, according to which Tiffany will be buying Russian diamonds for $60 million annually. How will the appearance of a world-famous competitor affect the domestic market of precious stones?...
Russia wants to feed Europe with organic food
Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:19
Russia seriously considers an opportunity to take up the role of a supplier of organic products within the scope of the World Trade Organization. Russian lawmakers are working on the bill to support the production of organic agricultural products. This law will help Russian farmers enter the EU market with organic products...
Will Russia ever have its own aircraft-carrier?
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:17
The project of Russia's first aircraft carrier has made a comeback from the 1980s. The design of the ship was created during the Soviet period. The colossus with the estimated displacement of about 60,000 tons does not use the technological achievements of at least 20 years, although there were many of them indeed....
Meet the people behind the anonymous offshore companies
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 19:23

A favourite of Russia and other post-Soviet countries, offshore accounts and companies have hidden the dealings by these businessmen, entrepreneurs and oligarchs

These ownership details are being published in the interests of transparency. It is not suggested that the setting-up of such offshore companies was in itself illegal
Evgeny Tikhonov


Russians profit from Britain's offshore secrecy
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 19:21

The UK's approach has attracted many post-Soviet billionaires, including some on the run

Britain's friendly regime of offshore secrecy has tempted an extraordinary array of post-Soviet billionaires to descend on London, sometimes to the sound of gunfire.

Vladimir Antonov fled permanently to Britain after his father, Alexander, was gunned down in a...

Too much politics in controversial murder case
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 18:09
The case of Rasul Mirzayev, which was initially politicized in Russia, became even more politicized after the case was closed. On November 26th, the Zamoskvoretsky court of Moscow found the world sambo champion guilty of manslaughter by negligence and sentenced the athlete to two years in prison...
VSMPO-AVISMA world titanium giant gets back its shares
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:39

(Image from http://www.vsmpo.com)

The state corporation Russian Technologies (Rostekhnologii) is selling its 45.42% stake in VSMPO – AVISMA back to the titanium producer and Gazprombank for $970mln. That’s after Rostekhnologii made sure VSMPO had recovered from the crisis.

Following the deal, Nordcom, a Cyprus-registered joint venture between the...

1.3 million Russians on minimum wage, far below poverty line
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:11

(RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kondratuk)

Over a million Russians get a monthly wage of $148, most of them from the public sector, well below the $220 poverty line.

­650,000 Russians out of 1.3 million living on the minimum wage work in the public sector, according to the country's Public Health and Social Development Ministry. The minimum wage is the ...

Siberia's pesticide dumps may prove a bigger hazard than nuclear waste
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:59

Across the former Soviet Union harmful agricultural chemicals were either buried or improperly stored. Now the process of clean-up has begun

At Tegul'det (population 3,000), a village in the south-east corner of Tomsk oblast, it takes a lot to upset the residents, busy hunting, fishing and preening their vegetable patches, except during the six...

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