Bye, bye Bill! Russia’s nuclear officials abandon America’s Microsoft Office software & switch to home-designed tech — reports

Moscow officials are set to pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar deal with US computing giant Microsoft, and instead buy the rights to a Russian-made suite of programs for employees of the country’s nuclear safety regulator. On Wednesday, the Vedomosti newspaper reported that a source from the state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, confirmed it had […]

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Russia to abandon flat tax after almost two decades, will start moving back to progressive system – Putin

Russia is planning to introduce a progressive tax regime, adding a 15% tax bracket for those earning over five million rubles ($72,000) a year, President Vladimir Putin said. The money will be used to treat severely ill children. In a televised address on Tuesday, Putin explained that a tax hike would raise approximately 60 billion […]

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WATCH: Portland protesters abandon their own failed, police-free ‘autonomous zone’

Anarchists and protesters in Portland, Oregon, hoping to emulate their brethren in Seattle, have fallen at the first hurdle, or fence, as they abandoned their own improvised “autonomous zone” before it had even been established. Haphazard, spontaneous construction of the ‘autonomous zone’ began during demonstrations on Wednesday night as protesters erected their own barbed-wire fences, […]

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