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2006-05-24 05:28:34

By Ivan Rodin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to a draft law that will punish government ministers for saying "dollar" when they could have used the word "rouble" instead. Backers of the law say they want to rebuild pride in the Russian currency and draw a line under the years when galloping inflation meant most people did business in dollars. Critics say it is unworkable and political posturing. The State Duma, or lower house of parliament,...

2005-12-02 11:43:27

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been steadily snuffing out potential challenges to his power and now he is preparing to storm the most stubborn bastion yet: Moscow's feisty city government. Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the former Soviet bureaucrat who has run Europe's most populous city for over a decade with a degree of autonomy that irks many in Putin's team, has announced he will step down when his term ends in 2007. The process of deciding who...

2005-06-29 17:25:32

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament on Wednesdayapproved on second reading a raft of amendments to electionrules, which critics say would further tighten the Kremlin'sgrip on power if implemented. If introduced, the changes,proposed by President Vladimir Putin, would ban politicalparties merging into blocs to stand in elections and scrap the"against all" option, used as a protest vote, on ballot papersin regional polls. Putin has been accused by opponents and some Westerngovernments of...