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148 unlicensed kiosks were removed in Samara

During the first quarter 148 unlicensed kiosks were removed in Samara, including beer stalls. According to Valery Morgunov, the vice mayor and head of the Department of Commerce, 950 kiosks installed without permit will be removed in 2012.

3097 cases of violation of trade rules were reported this year; the fines totaled to over 2 million rules, but only 400,000 were collected so far. The administration plans to introduce mandatory seizure of property as a measure against deliberate non-payers.


Newsstands are to be removed from Zelenograd’s bus stops

This decision was made neither yesterday nor at the district level, but last year by the government of Moscow. Meanwhile the kiosk and the stop form a single structure called “bus stop retail unit”. The dismantling of these units continues across Moscow and will start this year in Zelenograd.


Demolition of kiosks in Saratov. Entrepreneurs are threatening to burn themselves in protest

According to the letter sent to the online magazine by Saratov entrepreneurs, the police is actively participating in demolishing the kiosks claiming that they were put there illegally in the first place. Saratov entrepreneurs call it abuse of office, vigilantism. They say that the local officials are claiming to be ridding the city of the “illegal” kiosks and providing the police with the wrong information regarding the legal status of kiosks to speed up the demolition process.


Russia's Pravda hits 100, still urging workers to unite

One hundred years after its first edition appeared, the once mighty Pravda newspaper has gone back to its origins as a struggling opposition newspaper, but is still defiantly urging the workers of the world to unite.


Russian newspaper Pravda (Truth) celebrates its 100th anniversary


Spekhov Yevgeny, editor of correspondence department, shows an issue of paper 'Pravda' from 10 May 1945 after the capitulation of Nazi Germany in the editorial office of Russian Communist party newspaper 'Pravda' (Truth) in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Russian celebrate 100 year anniversary of the first issue of the newspaper 'Pravda' which was published on 05 May 1912 in St. Petersburg, becoming the biggest newspaper during the Soviet period of the Russian history and the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party from 1912 until 1991 when the paper was closed down after the decree of the President Boris Yeltsin. In 1997 Russian communists recovered 'Pravda' as an official paper of the Russian Communist party.

A journalist works near the memorial working place (R) of the wife of Vladimir Lenin Nadezhda Krupskaya in the editorial office of Russian Communist party newspaper 'Pravda' (Truth) in Moscow.

Pre-anniversary issues of paper 'Pravda' (Truth) are pictured while on the production line at the printing works outside Moscow.

Reuters reports that the 100-year-old Russian newspaper is still 'urging the workers of the world to unite':

Times are hard. But its editor says that battling hostile authorities, the threat of closure and financial problems is how Pravda spent its early years after first appearing in St Petersburg on May 5, 1912, until the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

"In many respects our role and purpose has gone back to what it was before 1917," Boris Komotsky said in his office in Moscow's Pravda Street, a huge photograph of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin reading Pravda on the wall behind him.

"We are the opposition's main organ, fighting for power, for policy changes. We've gone though so many problems. Now each of the workers here is a hero. At times they've had to work without getting a paycheck."

There's a newspaper in America with the same name - in English. The Elkhart Truth, in northern Indiana, worked together with to produce the Elkhart Project, a yearlong series of reports about a region hit particularly hard by the recent recession.

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