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history, people, photo, politics Cover Boris

19.02.2009 23:36   

boris eltsin

March 1991.

First Russian President Boris Yeltsin on Time covers.

Борис ЕльцинЕльцин на обложке

September 1991 и March 1993.

Борис Ельцин в TIMEБ.Н. Ельцин

July 1996 и September 1998.

business, economics Barter is Back in Russia

10.02.2009 13:17   

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German Sterligov is building a computer-based barter system. Photo by Alexander Natruskin/Reuters.

Barter is back in Russia, reports [The New York Times](http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/world/europe/08barter.html?_r=1). Advertisements are beginning to appear in newspapers and online, like one that offered “lumber in Krasnoyarsk for food or medicine”. A crane manufacturer in Yekaterinburg is paying its debtors with excavators.

In the mid-1990s, barter transactions in Russia accounted for an astonishing 50 percent of sales for midsize enterprises and 75 percent for large ones. The practice kept businesses afloat for years but also allowed them to defer some fundamental changes needed to make them more competitive, like layoffs and price reductions. It also hurt tax revenues.

German Sterligov, one of the first Russian capitalists, plans to use a computer database to create chains of six or seven enterprises having difficulty selling their products for cash, in which the last firm on the chain would pay the first in a single cash transaction.

“What was in the past will remain in the past”, Mr. Sterligov said. “We are making a step into the future”.

people, politics, video Mummies at Red Square

28.01.2009 20:11   

Several young people dressed as mummies attempted to hold a protest at Red Square in Moscow. The protesters wrapped from head to toe in white bandages [identified themselves](http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/21/Anniversary_of_Lenins_death_sparks_protest/UPI-15521232553443/) as Orthodox monarchists. The group previously held a demonstration in support of burying Lenin near the graves of his mother and sisters in St. Petersburg.

history, marketing, video Short History of Marketing

23.01.2009 19:20   

Michael Reissinger from the Scholz & Friends agency made this animation about history of marketing.

blogs, interview, novosibirsk, people Siberian Exiles

21.11.2008 17:18   

“We live in Novosibirsk”. Every day that phrase can deliver almost 1.5 million. Among them are foreigners, who lives in the city becomes a real challenge. They come here to work, learn and observe the solar eclipse. If they want to stay here forever? Hardly. But each of them, we believe, is trying to get some pleasure from being here.

metkere.com discussed with the three foreigners their lives in the city.

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