RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN ATTENDS EASTER SERVICE IN MOSCOW
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov (C) and Chief of presidential administration Sergei Sobyanin hold candles during an Easter night liturgy in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow April 23, 2006. Today, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Easter, a week later after Western christians. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for tougher measures against illegal immigrants.
Cities throughout Russia began countdown clocks Thursday marking one year until the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics begin.
Russian authorities plan to relax the secrecy surrounding the design of Moscow's subway system, which also doubles as a civil defense facility.
Police in Moscow arrested 40 people Sunday at an unlicensed gay rights rally.
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Experts said the buildup of sand that has caused small sandstorms when trains arrive at Moscow stations may have been caused in part by soundproofing efforts.
Progress comes at a price in Moscow, observers say, and the price of new sidewalks is fewer women wearing 5-inch heels.
About 500 illegal immigrants from Vietnam were arrested at a village near Moscow where they were working in a garment factory, police said Thursday.
More than 1,000 people turned out for an unauthorized St. Patrick's Day parade in Moscow even though new Mayor Sergei Sobyanin canceled it, officials said.
Russia has work to do before President Dmitry Medvedev's dream of turning Moscow into a major financial center is realized, experts in Davos, Switzerland, said.
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