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1 February 2008
Branson to launch Russian airline
SIR Richard Branson is to launch a Virgin Russia airline as the first of a series of ventures in the booming oil economy, leading a wave of western investors pouring into Europe's last frontier.

The Daily Telegraph


1 February 2008
Russian elite scour globe for art of the motherland
Russian art is gathering international attention and hefty price tags as the country's elite buy their motherland's masterpieces away from home.

Reuters Life!


31 January 2008
Entrepreneurs suggest Russia's oligarchs have the wrong attitude about capitalism
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia's flamboyant tycoons have been the focus of wide public resentment, but on Thursday they were criticized by an unusual source – wealthy businessmen.

Associated Press


31 January 2008
"We must stop picking fights with the West"
THE Kremlin has offered a rare admission that Russia's hard-nose diplomacy and the manipulation of the energy sector for political goals is deterring investors, leaving the country friendless as the credit crunch spreads to Eastern Europe.

The Daily Telegraph


31 January 2008
Moscow warned hard line endangers economy
Two leading liberal Russian officials yesterday warned that Moscow's increasingly aggressive foreign policy could damage inward investment, in a rare public show of dissent from Vladimir Putin's advisers.

Financial Times


31 January 2008
Russian minister exposes split in Putin's government
Just over a month before Russia's presidential elections, the hidden battle raging within the ruling class again spilt into the open yesterday, as one of Vladimir Putin's top ministers called for a change in foreign policy.

The Independent