"Russia's oil production rose last month by almost 10 percent compared with a year ago, the Russian Federal Statistics Service reported Friday."
"Real disposable incomes increased 11.5% year-on-year. The real wage grew 15.1% and the nominal wage grew 27.3%."
"Russia is the only country which exports oil and increases its production along with increase in demand."
"The level of anti-Semitism in Russia is lower than in France and many other European countries, Russias chief rabbi Berl Lazar was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying Wednesday."
"Some of the charm Russia holds for expatriates is the comparatively low rent and high salaries."
" Speaking of taxes, remember that Ben Franklin quote about death and taxes? Well, the Russian employers will generally pay the Russian taxes for you, and you dont owe the IRS a red cent if you made less than $80K while working abroad."
"Public prayer was held in St. Petersburg on Thursday for motorists who had made the mandatory liability insurance payments on their cars.
The service in the Petropavlovsky Cathedral had been commissioned by Rosgosstrakh-Severo-Zapad, an insurance company. It included a memorial service for Russian Empress Catherine the Great, the founder of Russian insurance business, and a prayer for the health of all drivers and their relatives.
Marina Bogdanova, the insurance companys press secretary, was quoted by the Izvestia newspaper as saying that this is a joint long-term project. Such public prayers will be held regularly and not just in the Petropavlovsky Cathedral. She added that each person who purchased an insurance policy would be included in a special list to be mentioned in a prayer if he or she wished.
Drivers now receive insurance policies together with a little self-adhesive icon of St.Nicholas, a candle and a booklet about the prayer mentions. The icon is easily glued to the dashboard.
The company declined to answer how much it had paid to the church for these prayers, the paper wrote. Reverend Aleksander Fedorov who had performed the service, did not comment either.(snip)