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It is becoming clear that the flirtation with political reform under Dmitry Medvedev was simply a brief deviation

Kremlin tightens the screws

It is becoming clear that the flirtation with political reform under Dmitry Medvedev was simply a brief deviation, writes Charles Clover

Economy: Little scope to spend way out of trouble

Biggest difficulty is managing expectations, writes Catherine Belton

Privatisation: Sberbank sets example for further state sales

Other companies on the list may not be as well run, writes Courtney Weaver

Russia’s Far East: Host of holes on potential road to riches

Courtney Weaver reports on efforts to connect its Pacific border with Asia

Politics: A ratings game with just one player

Why is the Kremlin such a big consumer of sociological research, asks Charles Clover

Magnit: Branching out into some far flung regions

Isabel Gorst looks at a group that opens three stores each day

A rig in the Arctic Circle

Energy: A flurry of oil deals with foreigners

Russia is increasingly aware that it needs oil majors’ technology, says Catherine Belton

Transport: Outsiders capture big share of $11bn railway market

Isabel Gorst reports on opportunities to be had in modernisation drive

The Skolkovo Hypercube

Innovation: Massive funds for a ‘Silicon Valley’ lookalike

Isabel Gorst looks at a project that could be a game changer

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