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A month with no sleep.

A month with no sleep.

Last year I spent a month in a summer language school to learn Spanish in Barcelona. To be honest the classes were just an excuse to spend as much time as I could afford in the city that swept me of my feet a mere half a year before.

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Aeroflot

Aeroflot

 

Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot has sold its debt-saddled subsidiary Nordavia, an airline operating in the country's northwest, to the world's top nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel for just $7 million.

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Social media capitalise on Russia's history of censorship.

Social media capitalise on Russia's history of censorship.

 

Konstantin ROZHNOV.

 

When it comes to self publishing, writers and readers in Russia have more experience than most.

In Soviet times, the phenomenon of samizdat – the Russian word for self publishing – was the only way for many to make themselves heard in an environment strictly guarded by theBBC Russian Service's Soviet propaganda  machine.

Moreover, it was one of very few ways, along with word of mouth and the BBC Russian Service's radio programmes, to learn about things the Soviet censorship wanted to keep secret.

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Russia, Seeking to Emulate Silicon Valley.

 

John UPTON.

 

Russia is building its own version of Silicon Valley near Moscow. The 6,000-acre innovation center’s only global outpost was officially opened this week in Menlo Park.

The opening marked a major step in Russia’s efforts to increase its presence in Silicon Valley, as the nation seeks to diversify its economy and invest in emerging technologies.

Construction of the SkolkovoInnovation Center is poised to begin near Moscow by the end of this year. Within five years, the complex could house more than 15,000 researchers, executives and students. Another 10,000 people are expected to commute to the town-like compound.

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Global consequences of Japanese quake.

Vlad GRINKEVICH

The explosions at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant sent stocks plummeting on Japanese stock exchanges. The Nikkei and TOPIX indexes fell 10.55% and 9.47%, respectively. Pessimism is spreading across the world, with key indexes in China falling by 1.4-2.4 percentage points and the Russian market dipping 2.5%.

One could chalk this up to speculators overreacting, if not for two things: first, the global crisis began in 2008 on the exchanges, and second, the post-crisis economy continues to teeter between recovery and decline.

Bad year