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Russia Raises Minimum Wage 43% Ahead of Presidential Elections

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Russian lawmakers have passed legislation raising the minimum wage ahead of schedule and slightly over a month before the presidential elections by up to 43%. With elections approaching March 18, President Vladimir Putin had previously pledged to raise the minimum wage to the minimum subsistence level by late spring. The bill that passed its third and final Read More

Kadyrov Wishes ‘Superhero’ Putin a Lifelong Presidency

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The strongman leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has weighed in on President Vladimir Putin’s flu, saying he wishes him health to rule over Russia for life.  The Kremlin confirmed reports that Putin had caught a cold and limited his public appearances while continuing to work this week. “I wish our President, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, long Read More

Russia’s Media Bigwigs Weigh In on 2018

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“Keep an eye on dancer Sergei Polunin, for whom even an entire stage is not enough. And look out for white ankle boots, especially in the first three months of the year. Will they become a permanent element of fashionistas’ wardrobes following the earlier success of white sneakers?” “We’ll be monitoring cryptocurrencies. Pavel Durov’s ICO this Read More

What’s Trending in Russia in 2018?

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At the start of the year, we look ahead at the main trends Sophia Miroyedova Don’t say it, rap it! Last year even the biggest culture snobs were forced to recognize the power of Russian-language hip-hop. In 2018, the genre will decisively emerge from the shadows. And it won’t just be Russia’s youth moving their heads to the beats. “There’s a market for hip-hop Read More

What’s On in Moscow This Weekend

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Music, art, and light fill the House of Music this weekend. Courtesy of Moscow Philharmonic Even though you should be resting up this weekend for next week’s double whammy of Maslenitsa and St. Valentine’s Day, there are two events that you might not want to miss.  Carmina Burana at the House of Music Carmina Burana (Latin for “Songs from Beuern,” which Read More

Maslenitsa in St. Petersburg

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The Great Lenten Fast that precedes Easter is upon us, and St. Petersburg is ready to celebrate the end of winter and the joys of blini in style. Mariinsky MaslenitsaMusical celebration This year, beside the traditional celebrations in various parts of the city, Maslenitsa will be celebrated in one of the city’s most prominent venues. The Mariinsky Theater will hold its third International Festival of Maslenitsa in Songs: seven Read More

Maslenitsa in Moscow

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Kirill Zykov / Moskva News Agency Do you still need convincing that Russian blini are the world’s foremost form of pancake? You will have ample opportunity to sample some fantastic flapjacks during a holiday that honors these sweet and savory snacks. Moscow, not a city to let holidays pass uncelebrated, is not going to let this Maslenitsa go by without ensuring you’ve had at least a few Read More

Russian Judges Disbar Colleague Over Expletives in Court

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A judicial panel in southern Russia has dismissed a judge for making obscene remarks at a trial that was recorded and leaked to the media this week. The Krasnodar region arbitration court examined the comments of judge Alexei Shevchenko after he was recorded swearing at an attorney during a hearing. “You can even complain to Read More

Russian Company Launches First Driverless Car in Moscow

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Russia’s tech giant Yandex has conducted a successful test of its self-driving car through the harsh and snowy streets of Moscow. Yandex.Taxi, an on-demand transportation service similar to Uber, first unveiled the driverless prototype in the summer of 2017. It tested the car’s maneuverability in snow conditions on a closed course in November. “Today we are excited to have advanced Read More

A Russian Oligarch Walks Away From His $8 Billion Empire

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(Bloomberg) — In 1998, Sergei Galitsky opened a small grocery in his hometown of Krasnodar, 1300 kilometers south of Moscow. Over the next two decades he expanded that modest operation into an empire with almost $20 billion in sales and 16,000 stores across Russia, amassing a fortune valued at some $5 billion in the process. On Friday, he Read More