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New media holding for Moscow

The Moscow City Government plans to incorporate all its media assets into a single holding company.

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Publishing In Russia 2012: Publishers in a Changing Industry

PW would like to thank the following for making this report possible: Vladimir Grigoriev, deputy director of the Federal Agency of Press and Mass Communication, for supporting our efforts, and Alexandra Shipetina, v-p of the Russian Book Union (as well as v-p of Centrepolygraph), for contacting report participants, fixing up appointments, and acting as general minder and interpreter.

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The small retailers are going online

Yesterday, in a video uploaded to Youtube the representatives of small and medium-sized retail businesses from many Russian cities, told President Dmitry Medvedev and the entire Internet community that if they are not allowed to sell beer and cigarettes, they will lose their business. The initiative belongs to kioskers from Izhevsk and Udmurt who took the trouble to go round the colleagues across the country and to record a collective appeal.

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Kiosks on Pushkin Street in Izhevsk will be removed

Opora Russia and Udmurt regional organization that looks after the interests of small and medium-sized businesses had a meeting with Alexander Prozorov, the first deputy of Izhevsk administration. The future of kiosks located near by the transit stops on Pushkin Street was discussed at the meeting.

According to the city officials and some townsmen, kiosks are a thing of the past. The complaints regarding kiosks’ failure to comply with health and safety regulations as well as their trade regulation violations often come from the public.

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Why does the presidential candidate, Vladimir Putin, want to make media assets independent form the state corporations?

Putin’s though process makes sense, except it is too little too late. Our state-owned corporations have been managing a lot of industries on behalf of the government. As a result, many of these industries are faced with huge losses.

State-owned corporations’ huge salaries, multi-million dollar bonuses for their top managers, lavish corporate parties as well as multiple sports teams are all to blame.

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