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2008-12-19 12:39:42

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Friday said Russian companies should buy only Russian-made vehicles. Now that our producers are forced to slash production, I think it is absolutely unacceptable to spend money on acquiring foreign cars, Putin said. Budget money -- the funds of natural monopolies and, I hope, the largest private companies -- should be spent on buying domestically produced products, RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency, reported Putin said. A government commission in...

2008-12-12 12:50:16

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed several measures to support domestic agricultural equipment producers, including a temporary duty on imports. Putin said the duty should be set at 15 percent of the equipment's value. However, it would also include a minimum of $160 per every kilowatt of engine capacity, Prime-Tass reported Friday. Parts imported to keep currently owned equipment running would be exempt from the duty, Putin said. The duty would help offset the roughly $14.5...

2008-10-07 09:00:32

Text of "24" news report by corporate-owned Russian Ren TV on 7 October [Presenter] [Russian Prime Minister] Vladimir Putin today pleased all judo lovers. On his birthday the prime minister gave a present to all those who practise judo and released a training film called "Learning Judo with Vladimir Putin". The presentation of the film was held in the Konstantinov Palace [outside St Petersburg, late on 6 October]. [Putin, addressing the gathering] It is obvious that there is an...

2008-08-31 15:00:40

Excerpt from report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Nakhodka, 31 August: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is demanding that there be no delays with the construction of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline (ESPO). Putin signed the corresponding government order - "On accelerating the construction of the sections of the ESPO and not allowing delays" - during an inspection of the construction facilities at the specialized maritime oil port in Kozmino. Kozmino is...

2008-08-01 03:00:32

The prime minister of Libya, on a visit to Moscow, said his country plans to buy arms from Russia. The minister, al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, met Thursday with his Russian counterpart, former President Vladimir Putin, the Novosti News Agency reported. We are committed to continuing cooperation in the military-technical sphere, among others, especially since the Libyan leadership has confirmed its interest in buying quality products from the Russian defense industry, Putin said. Putin...

2008-07-11 21:00:19

SEVERODVINSK. July 11 (Interfax) - It is necessary to lift administrative barriers for companies seeking land allocations when such companies have licenses for the development of subsurface resources, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told a session on development of the gas and oil sector in Severodvinsk on Friday. "Administrative barriers should be lifted," he said. It is necessary to introduce such a mechanism when the user of subsurface resources "will not need to collect licensing...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'