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Publishing in Russia 2012: Vladimir Grigoriev on the Russian Book Market

Twelve years ago, Vladimir Grigoriev left Vagrius (the publishing house he founded in 1992) to join the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication, or FAPMC. Much has changed in the country's book market since then. PW catches up with the dynamic deputy director and indefatigable champion of the Russian publishing industry for some insights and news.

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E-Book Market in Russia Doubles in 2011

Legal sales of e-books in Russia increased almost 2.3 times in 2011, marking a third year of explosive growth, though remaining modest in absolute terms, the Federal Press and Mass Media Agency said on Thursday.

Sales of digital books stood at 135 million rubles ($4.4 million) in 2011, compared to 60 million rubles in 2010 and 11 million rubles in 2008, the first year for which statistics are available, the agency said in an annual report on the book industry in Russia.

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Department of Transportation is removing kiosks from the bus stops and interchange stations in order to optimize the traffic flow

As part of the program "Development of Moscow Transport System in 2012-2016" the Department of Transportation is removing kiosks from the bus stops and interchange stations in order to optimize the traffic flow.

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The seven genres of Russia’s literary giants

Novelists interpret contemporary society while paying tribute to the world’s finest literary traditions.

During the past 20 years, Russian writers have been trying to find their place in a new reality. The task is herculean, at best: A modern writer is expected, on the one hand, to follow a great literary tradition and, on the other hand, to interpret contemporary society. This struggle reveals itself through several (exactly seven) categories that unite today’s fiction writers.

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Media magnate Lebedev seeks Russia exit

MOSCOW - Russian tycoon and London media magnate Alexander Lebedev said Friday he intended to wind down his Moscow holdings because of unrelenting pressure from Kremlin-run security services.
The Independent and London Evening Standard owner has seen his main Russian bank raided repeatedly by the police in the past two years and has in the past accused corrupt state officials of trying to run him out of business.

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