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The yesterday resignation of Russian government produced lots of questions with not only the world society but even with Russian citizens themselves. Who is Viktor Zubkov? Who will remain in the cabinet of Ministers? How the main Russian policy will change? And, of course, did President Putin call his successor or its just a technical move? Today at briefing Mr. Zubkov said he regards his running for president as possible.


Within the APEC summit, which is held in Australia this week, Australia and Russia are planning to increase their economic cooperation in many fields, including peaceful use of uranium. Australian businessmen regard Russian market as developing and promising. At the same time the Russian side is to keep on investing into Australian natural assets industries.


Mr Bashmet is probably the most formidable exponent of the viola today. More than that, he is a string player of altogether uncanny powers. His tone is vocal, expressively vocal, devoid of artifice. He can move without a break from the most hushed, liquid legato to a huge, hall-filling fortissimo. - THE NEW YORK TIMES


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is released for sale in Moscow on July, 21, 3 a m. This is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels by J.K.Rowling.


The First international festival of Finno-Ugric nations "SHUMBRAT, FINNO-UGRIA!" will be held in the capital of Mordovia - Saransk on July 19-21. Numerous delegations from Hungary, Finland, Estonia, all Finno-Ugric republics of Russia, representatives of more than 30 Russian regions - more than one a half thousands people - will arrive in Saransk.


The Foreign Office expelled four Russian diplomats from London over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. The stumbling block is the Moscow government's refusal to Andrei Lugovoi, the main suspect in the murder of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in November from radioactive poisoning. This move can seriously harm Russian relations with Britain.


The Post of Russia, a money transfer leader on Russian market, has announced of its lounging a money transfer draft. Its the first experience for the Post of Russia in the cross-border transfer market. Still the game is worth the candle as the volume of this business is valued as much as $6 bln.


Last week the first Russian Community in German Conference was opened in Nurnberg. Migration has become a rather natural process not only with birds and animals but also with people. What pushes us far from our habitual places? Political, economical, financial or personal reasons make us start thinking of moving away. Well to build a new house sometimes turns out to be easier than new home.


Lots of issues including Russia the USA complicated relations were discussed at G8 summit in Germany, but the question of the greenhouse effect taken for unimportant for many years appeared to be one of the most disputable. Anyway, there are a lot of experts who have some doubts in how much the human activity affects the planet. They dont believe in threat of global warming and Kyoto Protocol able to regulate world temperatures in particular.


Not a secret that Russia is a country of bureaucracy, in which there are a lot of government officials and their number permanently increases. In this situation the bureaucracy hampers the development of economy and private business, and it is one of the negative factors for foreign investors in Russia. Besides, a huge system of bureaucracy causes the corruption.


Within the last several days the world divided into two parts: those who support decision of the Estonian government to move the Soviet Bronze Soldier monument to the military cemetery and the others, standing against changes. To clarify all that has happened one must take into account different opinions from both Russian and Estonian sides and analyze the story of the monument after collapse of the Soviet Union.


Rumors spread over Internet that Russian businessman Alisher (I like how this name sounds, nothing personal) Usmanov claims he would buy back rights to a grand collection of cartoons, made in the USSR on world famous SoyuzMultfilm cartoon studio, which were sold to an American company some time ago.


Estonian authorities have once again dumbfounded Russia: as it happens, they consider the RF the major threat to Estonias safety and are even getting ready for an armed conflict with Russia.


If believe British press, the investigators already know where polonium-210 Litvinenko got poisoned by was produced.


Russian experts claim that the results of radioactive probes on British planes were false and non-objective.


The American magazine Newsweek has recently tried to bait Russian by inserting a picture of a small coffin with the Russian language inside on one of the magazines pages. No wonder: what else can one expect from people who have never raised their own language from the seed and havent preserved it while going through the furnace of history?


There are no orphan homes in Western Europe and the USA - there are queues for abandoned children. Will it be harder or easier for foreigners to adopt a Russian child since custody regulations in Russia have changed?


The report Weapons supplies to developing countries 1998-2005 published by the research service of the USA Congress contains data claiming that last year Russia became number one in weapons export to developing countries with the total sum of supplies contracts amounted to 7.1 billion dollars.


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