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Russia in the News: August 31, 2009

A roundup of topical news stories from Russia.

Sep 1, 2009 | Continued
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Growing Number of Russians Living in Poverty

The number of Russians living below the subsistence minimum rose for the first time since 2002, and unofficial estimates predict that over 40% of Russians are now struggling to make ends meet.

Aug 31, 2009 | Continued
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Russia Still Far From Economic Recovery

As the global economy shows positive signs of recovery, Russia continues to lag behind.

Aug 29, 2009 | Continued
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Putin Suggests State Should Set Housing Prices

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Friday that the State should play a greater role in setting prices for housing.

Aug 14, 2009 | Continued
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In Economic Indicators, Russia Lags Behind Its Neighbors

Russia is behind the rest of the former USSR in terms of economic decline, inflation, and income decline, argues analyst Mikhail Sergeyev.

Aug 7, 2009 | Continued
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In 10 Years of Putin, Russia Lost a Decade – Analyst

Writing for the Moscow Times newspaper, political analyst Yevgeny Kiselyov examines Vladimir Putin’s legacy.

Aug 6, 2009 | Continued
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Russia Lagging Behind in Infrastructure, Modernization – Inozemtsev

Economic expert Vladimir Inozemtsev argues that Russia cannot modernize without a renewed infrastructure, which is being limited by corruption and an inept government. Exclusive translation by

Jul 17, 2009 | Continued
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Russian Police Prepare to Keep Tabs on the Public

In an effort to stave off public protest associated with the worsening economic situation in Russia, the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs will create special regional task forces to keep track of public attitudes.

Jul 15, 2009 | Continued
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To Avoid Revolution, Russia Must Democratize—Economist

As the economic crisis continues to impact Russia, economist Yegor Gayday argues that Russia must democratize to avoid serious social clashes.

Jun 18, 2009 | Continued
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How Many Putins Does It Take To Save Russia?

After a series of economic protests in the small industrial town of Pikalevo, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rushed in to try to resolve the situation on June 4th. Journalist Mikhail Rostovsky comments on the significance of the visit in the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

Jun 6, 2009 | Continued