Magazine article Russian Life


Magazine article Russian Life


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This year, after receiving permission from courts, Russian security services opened private correspondence 115,000 times, broke into 11,000 apartments, and tapped phones 64,000 times. Only 1% of court verdicts result in acquittals.

In a recent international survey, 30% of expatriate executives picked Russia as the most desirable country in which to work--the top destination. Hong Kong was in second place with 27%, followed by Japan (26%). One-third of expat executives have salaries over $250,000, but pay relatively low Russian taxes.


There are 1.5--4.2 million homeless persons in Russia, or 3% of the population. In Moscow, an estimated 100,000 persons are homeless.

R230 billion ($7.6 billion) was spent on Russian infrastructure projects between 2006 and 2008. Meanwhile, construction prices have been increasing 25-40% per year. It now costs $12.9 million to build one kilometer of highway in Russia, which is 4.4 times as much as in China, and 3.5 times more than in Brazil. Russia spends five times more on repairing roads than building new ones. In 2008, 2300 kilometers of roads were built.

The number of Russian students studying in foreign universities grew to 42,881 in 2007, up from 28,000 in 2000. …

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