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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.


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.


Inedible bonuses

It seemed like the non-food retailers had a significant advantage over retailers selling food items for the past two years. The non-food retailers were not subject to the retail law provisions that prohibit to charge suppliers any bonuses other than the volume ones. But the Federal Antimonopoly Service is now after non-food vendors as well.


The convenience store chain Good News has new partwork series available

The convenience store chain Good News has a wide range of partwork series available for purchase. There are 37 different partwork series: anything from the history ones to the ones for kids.

Publishing House Burda, one of the leading publishers and suppliers of printed materials, and the convenience store chain Good News have enjoyed mutually beneficial relationship for years. Partwork series have become an integral part of the Good News merchandise selection.


Newspaper kiosks may turn into comprehensive stores

In the Press Distributors Association’s (PDA) opinion, the newspaper kiosks may start selling digital content as well as include online order pick up points, payment terminals, and other services in the future. These changes will help make newspaper kiosks more profitable. Nowadays a chain of newspaper kiosks will take at least 10 years to pay for itself.


"According to experts, about 60% of newspaper and magazine circulations (excluding subscriptions and free publications) are sold through newspaper kiosks in Russia," - it says in the document drafted by the PDA. The document authors believe that Russia’s traditional newspaper kiosks should be turned into comprehensive multimedia stores that will provide a wide range of  socially important services such as payment terminal, info booth with visual and audio equipment, interactive map; will be able to distribute audio and video content via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi; as well as become online order pick up points, provide courier services, etc. These stores should be at least 10-12 sq m retail building that customers can enter; as well as have at least a thousand different titles of newspapers, magazines, books, etc.


Newspaper kiosks are going through hard times not only in Saratov but also in Baku, Tbilisi and Kiev

The future of newspaper kiosks in Russia (with the exception of Moscow and St. Petersburg) does not look good. All throughout the country, from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad, the newspaper kiosks are being demolished. Recently, Saratov mayor, Mr. Grishchenko, has terminated all contracts with "Rospechat" (the major retail distributor of newspapers, magazines and books).


The press distribution system of the city will be destroyed. 11 newspaper kiosks have already been eliminated. This will result in   the company losing money, paying less taxes as well as possibly laying off 200 employees. The Saratov branch of the Journalist Union of Russia issued a statement: demolition of newspaper kiosks will make it harder for the residents to access the print media which in turn violates their rights; with the presidential elections around the corner, the information available to citizens is being censored, independent mass media and journalists are being pressured.