Citizens of CIS Countries Traveling to Russia Will Be Required to Buy Health Insurance

July 31, 2013

The State Duma decided to amend the entry procedures for foreigners coming to Russia to require them to buy medical insurance. As explained by Alexey Zhuravlev, the State Duma deputy from the “United Russia” party, who initiated the measure, this is necessary in order to stop the illegal “medical tourism,” when citizens of the Commonwealth […]

Russian Railways Will Borrow NWF Funds For a Long Time

July 29, 2013

Russian Railways is under considerable scrutiny of late. Its President, Vladimir Yakunin, has been accused of fraud by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In a recent ruling, Russian Railways managers will have to report their income and expenditures to the government, which meets some demands of the opposition, but perhaps only in appearance. Russian Railways is also […]

Economic Authorities Are Not Afraid of Recession, But There’s Another Danger – Stagnation

July 19, 2013

Since the beginning of the year the growth of industrial production and the Russian economy as a whole has almost stopped. However Alexei Ulyukaev, the new chief of the Ministry of Economic Development, is confident that it will not result in a recession. Officials and a number of independent experts expect a recovery in growth […]

Ministry of Communications takes away Operators’ Frequencies to Build an LTE Network

July 9, 2013

The Ministry of Communications (Mincomsvyaz) intends to withdraw some of the frequencies used by the “Big Four” telecom companies to build a fourth generation network and transfer the frequencies to a newly established state-owned company. Operators are outraged. The Ministry of Communications (Mincomsvyaz) submitted to the Presidential Administration a draft executive order on redistribution of […]

Putin’s Plans for the G8

June 17, 2013

In the run-up to the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland (17-18 June) and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (20-22 June), Vladimir Putin gave a long and rather dull interview to RIA Novosti on Russia’s priorities in foreign economic policy. has selected the most significant themes: What can be expected from these G8 and […]

Moscow Mayor is Poorer Than His Deputies

May 3, 2013

Many deputies of the mayor surpassed him on that indicator. The total sum of the income declared by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin for 2012 was 5. 3205 million rubles, according to information on his income, property and liabilities published on the official city government site. The mayor’s income for 2011 was 5.718 million. In 2012, […]