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    Russia 77th in Global ICT Report

    Apr. 13 – Russia has moved up three positions this year to 77th overall with improvements across the board, according to The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, Transformations 2.0, released yesterday by the World Economic Forum. The report remains the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on the development[…..]

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    Russia’s Secret Service Looking for Access to Private E-correspondence

    Apr. 12 – Russia’s secret service, the KGB-successor FSB, has proposed banning Skype, Hotmail and Gmail as their “uncontrolled use” could pose a security threat because “security authorities cannot access them,” Alexander Andreyechkin, a service official said during a government meeting last Friday. The Federal Security Service (FSB) is “increasingly concerned” by the mass use[…..]

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    Canada’s Uranium One to be Listed on Russian MICEX

    Apr. 8 – Uranium One Inc., a Vancouver-based producer controlled by Russia’s Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ), is considering listing in Moscow to attract investors from Russia and Asia. “Most of our shareholders are in North America. We would like to expand our shareholder base, particularly in Asia. We are considering a listing in Moscow,” Fletcher Newton, an[…..]

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    Baikal Airport to Become International Transportation Hub for Southeast Siberia

    Mar. 29 – Russia will allocate around US$6.8 million in the federal budget for the continuing reconstruction of the Baikal International Airport OJSC in Ulan-Ude, Buryat Republic this year, the local press office announced on Monday. Plans include building a second runway, enlarging the first runway, improving passenger facilities, and modernizing of the taxi lane.

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    The Auction House of Russia to Start Operating in Siberia’s Novosibirsk

    Mar 28. – The Auction House of the Russian Federation will open a sub-office in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on Wednesday. By the end of the year, the Auction House plans to sell properties worth about US$34.5 billion. The sub-office will put on the market assets of their clients from several regions of Siberia,[…..]

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    Siberian Altai Regions to Develop Rural Tourism and Casinos

    Mar. 18 – The French Tourism Institute will help Russia’s Altai region (Altai Krai) to develop a rural tourism, Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports. A memorandum of understanding was signed earlier this week between the authorities of Siberian Altai region and the Paris-based Tourism Institute during Moscow’s annual tourism fair Intourmarket 2011.

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    Tatarstan Rated Best Region to Do Business in Russia

    Mar. 16 – The Republic of Tatarstan, located on the eastern frontier of Europe and just 500 miles east of Moscow, came in first place in a list of the best places to do business in Russia in a survey of 10 regions released Tuesday. The survey was conducted by Ernst & Young Russia together[…..]

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    Russia to Send Extra Energy Shipments from Sakhalin Island to Japan

    Mar. 14 – A Sakhalin-2 tanker holding 19,500 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas on Sunday set off from the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin for Hiroshima, where it will dock Tuesday. Another tanker with 100,000 cubic meters of LNG is set to leave for Japan this week, the Russian news agency Interfax reported. Russia’s[…..]

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    China to become Russia’s Largest Trading Partner

    Mar. 10 – China overtook Germany to become Russia’s largest trading partner in 2010. The bilateral trade between two countries has climbed back to the level seen prior to the global economic crisis. Foreign trade turnover of Russia with China increased by 43.1 percent and has reached US$55.44 billion, according to the both Federal State[…..]

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    Italian and Turkish Developers to Construct the New Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg

    Feb. 16 – St. Petersburg’s new aviation hub Pulkovo will be expanded by Italian Astaldi together with Turkish Ictas Insaat, the airport said on its web site. The contract is worth an estimated US$1.2 billion to US$1.3 billion. “The main criteria for choosing the general contractor were international experience in building large hubs, as well[…..]

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