Today in Russian Business – May 28, 2012

Members of the newly-formed Coalition of Kiosk Owners have rallied in Moscow against plans to ban the small retail outlets from selling beer and tobacco, a move which may see some lose as much as 60% of their turnover.  A new report issued by the Development Center of the Russian National Research University has found that Russia is ill-prepared for a new economic crisis.  Foreign capital inflow to Russia dropped 17.6% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012 to $36.5 billion, says the Federal Statistics Service.  Yulia Latynina analyses Putin’s dubious privatizations on the Other Russia. United Russia deputies apparently want to make advertising beer on Internet news sites illegal.  Billionaire Mikhail Abyzov is bringing his technical know-how to the newly-created government post of expert community liaison minister, says the Moscow Times.  A manager for the Aeroexpress train has apparently been arrested for demanding a $125,000 bribe in exchange for extending a shop’s lease at Sheremetyevo Airport.