Former Russian governor Nikita Belykh, viewed as a liberal reformer, was handed a sentenced of eight years of labor colony on charges of corruption which he has denied.
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Despite some positive figures in May, the real incomes of Russians continued to decline, and underemployment and unemployment continue to rise.
The battle over the demolish of the Khrushchev-era five-story building continues, with protests by residents and most respondents to a poll saying they believe the renovation is about money-laundering.
Long-haul truckers in Kursk suspended their strike over the weekend but only after officials there agreed not to raise fees or fines on them, yet another indication that the five-week old labor action has brought some real success
New polls show that the share of Russians saying they trust President Vladimir Putin has declined even among those who say they will vote for him and the share who say they will do so is now under 50 percent.