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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
12:16 am
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009
6:37 pm
[kshasty]
Medvedev proposes cutting number of time zones in Russia
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on Thursday to consider cutting the number of time zones in the country, which spans 11 time zones.

During his state-of-the-nation address to Russia's parliament he also suggested discussing the use of daylight saving time and standard time.

"All the advantages of economizing and evident inconveniences in changing time are necessary to assess. I hope experts will give us objective answers to these questions," the Russian president said.

Russia was divided into 11 time zones in 1919. The Soviet Union adopted the system in 1924.

The country changes to daylight saving time starting from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October.

Last July, the industrial policy committee at the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, proposed abolishing daylight saving time over adverse health effects.

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Friday, October 17th, 2008
12:22 pm
[russiaprofile]
Russian and Georgian Civic Communities Try to Help Refugees to Re-Claim Their Homes in South Ossetia
Just like the past conflicts, the recent war in the Caucasus produced a vast number of refugees—people who were forced to abandon their property and look for shelter in Georgia and Russia. But with the military action a thing of the past, most of the South Ossetian refugees have been able to return home, while their Georgian counterparts are still reluctant to come back, fearing retribution.
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12:19 pm
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Russia’s Grain Producers Feel the Credit Crunch as Retailers Defer Payments
This year, an exceptionally voluminous grain harvest may help Russia to alleviate the pain brought about by the financial crisis, which is threatening to spread from the stock markets to banks and other spheres such as real estate and employment. But not all that glitters is indeed gold – the oversupply of grain on the market could end up doing more harm than good.
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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
11:07 am
[russiaprofile]
Despite the Government’s Disengagement, Russian Businesses Continue Their Quest to Join the WTO
Up until recently, Russia’s accession to the WTO seemed to dominate its business agenda. But this is no longer the case. In lieu of the economic and political crises that presently plague the country, Russian businesses have realized that time has come for them to think outside the political box, and to take matters into their own hands.
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11:04 am
[russiaprofile]
Medvedev’s New Anti-Corruption Measures Leave Too Much to the Imagination
President Dmitry Medvedev has finally introduced a set of long-awaited bills on fighting corruption. At first, the public’s reaction was quite benevolent: many experts did not try to conceal the fact that they expected something on a much “smaller scale.” However, this does not mean that the draft laws are flawless.
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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
12:32 pm
[russiaprofile]
Dear Barack
As the American presidential election nears and the two candidates, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, intensify their campaigns, the debate as to whether Russians would prefer to see a democrat or a republican in the White House swirls on. In the opinion of our columnist Vladimir Frolov, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would rather deal with the former. Frolov supports his line of reasoning with an imaginary letter.
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12:20 pm
[russiaprofile]
Party Like It’s 1998
When the ruble defaulted in 1998, the State Duma and the Federation Council played a key role in stabilizing the situation. Today, the country faces the threat of another economic crisis, but neither institution is in a condition to play that role again.
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
10:26 am
[russiaprofile]
Russia’s Duma Deputies Provide New Guarantees for Investors at the Prime Minister’s Behest
As the financial crisis in the world shows no sign of subsiding, the Russian government is taking unprecedented steps aimed at staving off what the experts call “a run on the banks” in the country. In order to protect the small investor, the Duma adopted a draft bill that will fully insure bank deposits worth up to 700 thousand rubles – the most the Agency on Deposits’ Insurance can promise to give back to the depositor without endangering the insurance fund.
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10:23 am
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The Kremlin’s “Controlled” Opposition May Become a Human Shield against Unhappy Citizens
Predictably, Russia’s remaining true liberals met the demolition of the Union of Right Forces (SPS) party and the formation of a new democratic party under the aegis of the Kremlin, to be composed of what’s left of SPS, the Civic Force, and the Democratic Party of Russia, with much skepticism. The new party is unlikely to help promote democracy and the freedom of choice in the county – it can only attempt to preserve the chance to bring these virtues back someday.
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Monday, October 13th, 2008
10:49 am
[russiaprofile]
Worried Oligarchs Unite
Russia's businesses, reportedly losing billions of dollars daily as the financial crisis shows no sign of subsiding, attempted to indirectly criticize the government this week. On Thursday, Alexander Shokhin, the president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), published an open letter with "An Appeal to the Country's Leadership" as the headline, in which he criticized the anti-crisis measures of Vladimir Putin's government.
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10:42 am
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Russia Profile Weekly Experts Panel: Medvedev's War on Corruption
Last week, President Dmitry Medvedev approved and forwarded to the State Duma a raft of anti-corruption bills that introduce sweeping measures to fight corruption at all levels of the Russian government. The new legislation will significantly tighten governmental control over state officials' and their close relatives' incomes and property, and introduce new "conflict of interests" disclosure rules. Will Medvedev succeed in rooting out corruption in Russia? Or is his plan doomed, as some critics suggest?
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10:35 am
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Russia’s Labor Market Faces Challenges in Coping with the Economic Crisis
As the ongoing crisis slowly pervades Russia’s financial centers, Moscow and other big Russian cities are starting to feel the heat from this economic meltdown. Experts expect its impact to be felt on the job market in the coming months, but the restrictions of the Russian labor legislation mean that there will be few major layoffs. Instead, income levels will fall. As such, institutional and legal changes are needed to allow employers more leverage and flexibility in adjusting to a tougher economic environment.
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10:31 am
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Russia’s Stock Market Appears Immune to Governmental Financial Injections
Three big loans from the government in a row have apparently been unable to prevent Russia’s stock markets from plunging, Russia’s banks from stopping credit operations, and Russian oil companies from asking for a bailout. Some experts are even apprehensive of these measures, as most of these funds went to state-owned enterprises that are unlikely to throw the money back into the economy.
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10:24 am
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It Is no Longer Possible to Reintegrate South Ossetia and Abkhazia with Georgia
This week Russian forces are withdrawing from the buffer zones they established around South Ossetia and Abkhazia following the five-day war, and EU observers are arriving to preserve peace. But a final settlement of the conflicts in the Caucasus will be long in coming, and will require a dramatic rethinking of European and East-West relations
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
11:28 am
[russiaprofile]
Russia Attempts to Prove that It Can Still Collaborate with NATO and the EU
As exotic and irrelevant as it may appear in the contemporary context, the very real piracy that presently exists as one of the most profitable businesses in Somalia had so far been drawing little attention from the media. But all this changed recently, when a Ukrainian ship carrying military cargo was captured and held for ransom there. The story then developed according to an unpredictable scheme, when it became the setting for Russia’s first major attempt to come back to the international stage in its newly-assumed status of a major global power.
11:24 am
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Alliance between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko Seems Like the Lesser Evil
Monday was the last chance for Ukraine’s increasingly polarized political pantheon to form a new governing coalition. On Tuesday, President Viktor Yushchenko is expected to start consultations on the dissolution of parliament and new elections. While the political deadlock is as irresolvable as ever, almost any deal would be better than holding new elections.
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