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06/06/2013

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'Smart' Solutions to Reduce Congestion

Cell phone warnings about traffic jams, a network management center to monitor all of Moscow's transportation activities in real time and metro passes that work on commuter trains are just a few services that city authorities are preparing in their efforts to ease congestion.

Putin Boosts Russian Role in Global War on Drugs

In an effort to enhance its image as a global player in combatting drug flows, Moscow welcomed 120 top anti-drug officials from around the world on Wednesday to discuss possibilities for cooperation in curbing an issue responsible for an estimated 200,000 deaths annually.

WWF Identifies Threatened Areas

The Moscow Times
Ten ecologically pristine zones in Russia are at risk of becoming polluted, according to a report that the World Wildlife Fund released Wednesday, as the nation celebrates ecologist day.

Thousands Evacuated After Metro Tunnel Fire

Thousands of passengers were evacuated from two metro stations in downtown Moscow during rush hour on Wednesday morning after an electrical fire sent smoke pouring into the stations, forcing a partial shutdown of one metro line and leaving riders scrambling to their destination.

Russia to Switch to Electronic Customs Procedures

The customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan plans to ease customs procedures in an effort to improve the investment climate.

Office Space Construction in Downtown Moscow Faces Ban

City Hall will ban office space construction in downtown Moscow but will welcome complex housing projects that involve construction of transport and social infrastructure, Konstantin Timofeyev, head of the Moscow Construction Committee, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Kasparov 'Refrains' From Returning to Russia Over Bolotnoye Case Fears

Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion-turned-political-opposition-stalwart, told a news conference in Geneva that he would not return to Russia for fear of criminal prosecution for his political activities, his website reported Wednesday.

Brahimi Says Syria Conference Possibly in July

Reuters
A conference on ending the fighting in Syria may be held in July, international envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said after preparatory talks with U.S. and Russian officials on Wednesday.

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