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Russian Railways have been permitted to open duty free shops at railway stations
Russian Railways (RZD) has issued permission for opening duty free shops at railway stations. The corresponding order was signed by Russian Prime-minister Vladimir Putin on the 5th of April, as Interax reported.  
The British chain of department stores Debenhams enters the Russian market with a 3-year delay
One of the largest chains of department stores in Great Britain, Debenhams, returns to Russia and in September 2012 opens its first store in Moscow. As ShopandMall informs, the first Debenhams store will start working in “Mega Belaya Dacha” shopping mall.
Half of the Russian luxury market amounted alcohol
About 45% of the Russian luxury market is occupied by alcohol beverages. This fact was published in the edition of the 16th of March in Vedomosti with reference to the McKinsey report which supposes that domestic luxury market is very different from the similar markets of other countries.
Boeing will upgrade the Moscow airports
The American company Boeing will equip the Moscow airports with air navigation aids. As the newspaper “Vedomosti” reports in issue of the 15th of March, this allows to increase the capacity of capital’s airports by 2,5 times.
The influx of foreign tourists in Russia has become record in the 21st century
By the end of 2011 the flow of foreign tourists from abroad increased by 9,5% that has become the best rate since 1999. This fact was reported by “Interfax” with reference to data of the Russian association of touristic industry. It total, foreign tourists implemented 2,3 million journeys in Russia.
External debt of Russia in 2011 decreased by 10 percent
In 2011 the volume of public external debt of Russia decreased by 10,4 percent in dollars and by 8,4 percent in euro.  This fact was published in statistics material on the website of Ministry of finance. To the 1st of January the volume of the government debt was amounted to 35,8 million dollars (27,7 million euro).
Credibility of Russians have returned to the pre-crisis level
To 2012 credibility of Russian has returned to the pre-crisis level. This fact is mentioned in the report of the National bureau of credit histories (NBCH), as the newspaper “Vedomosti” reports in the issue of the 24th of February. On the web-site of the bureau the report is not published.
Sberbank will sponsor a national sports brand
Sberbank will become a general sponsor of the national sports brand Team Russia. It was reported by the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to the General Director of “Sports vysshikh dostizheniy” Fedor Scherbakov. The amount, which Snerbank will invest in collaboration with Olympic Committee, is not announced.
Bulldozer-drivers are in more demand than lawyers in Russia
The most demanded professions in Russia now are those which related to construction, as well as tractor-drivers, bulldozer-drivers, repairmen and locksmiths. This was stated by the Head of the Labor department (Rostrud) Yuri Gertsii, Interfax reports.
The Canadians will help producing trams in Russia
The Canadian aircraft constructing company Bombardier and Russian SPC “Uralvagonzavod” have signed the agreement aimed at the creating of joint enterprise, specialized in the production of trams, reports RIA Novosty with the link to General Director of Ural factory, Oleg Sienko.
The “Big Three” operators have jointed the payment services
The largest mobile operators of Russia (“Megafon”, “Beeline” and MTS) have granted to the users of each operator а the “Big Three” the access to the payment systems of each other.
Moscow authorities have thought of “drawn” supermarket for the Underground
In Moscow Underground may be opened a virtual supermarket, says the “Izvestiya” newspaper with the link to the note of vice-head of Trade and Services Department of Moscow, Nikita Kuznetsov.
The expenses of “Gazprom” on the Olympiad in Sochi will grow up to 180 billion rubles
The expenses of the Russian gas monopoly, the “Gazprom” on the 2014 year Olympiad in Sochi will count about 180 billion rubles. This was written in the “Vedomosti” newspaper with the link to company’s investment program.
”Russian standard” will buy the Italian wine house
The owner of “Russian standard” holding, Rustam Tariko intends to make the deal of acquisition of the sparkling wines and vermouths producer Gancia.
”Rostelecom” has determined the development strategy of own retail network
Telecommunication holding “Rostelecom” has determined the development strategy of own retail network under the brand of the same name.
Forbes has named the most high-paid top-manager of Russia
Two most high-paid top-managers of Russia, who received new assignments in 2011, will be the employees of state bank VTB.
”Sheremetyevo” offered to check-in by Skype
The “Sheremetyevo” airport has launched the service of checking-on by Skype. It was said in the official press-release of the company.
Daily income of “Gazprom” has exceeded four billion rubles
The income of “Gazprom” in the first half of the year had counted 785,2 billion rubles. In this way, the concern had been earning 4,3 billion rubles per day.
Russian hypermarkets Auchan will accept cards of any bank
Hypermarket network Auchan in Russia will start accepting pay cards of any bank till the end of 2011 year. As “Izvestia”newspaper writes, the retailer will start working only with Visa paying system. Auchan also plans to start accepting MasterCards for payment in the pirst half of 2012 year.
”Gazprom” has applied for buying a mobile operator in Germany
Russian group of companies “Gazprom” has applied into the antitrust authorities of Germany for buying the indirect control of local company Envacom Service GmbH.
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