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By John Helmer in Moscow The last of the titans who have dominated Alrosa, Russia’s diamond monopoly, since its founding in 1993 has handed in his resignation, and had it accepted by the Kremlin. Vyacheslav Shtirov (also spelled Shtyrov, right image) has left for “personal reasons”, announced an aide to President Dmitri Medvedev. The reasons […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with several government ministers, met on Monday [May 31] with representatives of Russian steel mills, carmakers, and state companies to discuss steel-pricing mechanisms. Putin started off wagging the stick, but it isn’t obvious that anyone in the audience thought he was serious. Putin began the session […]