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[6 Oct 2009]

Local and international brewers are deeply concerned about a proposed beer tax due to take effect in Russia next year. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the bill, currently in draft form, calls for a 200% tax hike in 2010 with an 11% increase in 2011 and a 20% increase in 2012. Brewers Carlsberg, Heineken NV, SABMiller, and Anheuser-Busch InBev have all voiced concerns about the pending bill. The proposal, intended to curb alcohol abuse in Russia, has yet to be approved by the Russian president. The new proposal would apply to both local and imported beers. The proposed tax would raise the price of beer from 3 rubles per liter to 9 rubles per liter. The average beer in Russia sells for around 50 rubles per liter. The bill also calls for tax increase on vodka and other liquor, but the fee is much smaller, only 10%. This had caused outrage among several brewers, with many arguing that Russian consumers will damage their health by switching to vodka. Beer is the second most popular drink after vodka and many Russians even view it as a healthier alternative. Russia is the world’s third largest beer market.

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[2 Oct 2009]

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[2 Oct 2009]

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[1 Oct 2009]

Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is battling bureaucrats and budgets in California, aliens will have to face Nikolai, a tough-as-nails Russian bearing a four-barrel gas-powered rotary machine gun, in the newest installment of the sci-fi film franchise Predator.   According to Latino Review, the new film entitled ”Predators” is being co-written and produced by Robert Rodriguez, and will take place on the Predator home world, which is a giant game preserve where life forms though out the galaxy are hunted for sport. Besides  Nikolai, other characters include a tough American criminal named Royce, a Mexican drug enforcer, a hard-hitting French woman, a dangerous Japanese mob thug and a treacherous member of a Sierra Leone death squad. Rodriguez stated that this is a reboot of the whole Predator concept. There has been no official word yet on casting for the film, which is scheduled to being shooting in mid October in Hawaii and Texas. “Predators” is slated to be released on July 7, 2010.  

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[24 Sep 2009]

Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich married Director Paul W.S. Anderson (of Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil fame) on August 22nd, almost a year after the birth of their first child. [More]

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[26 Aug 2009]

The world famous Cirque du Soleil will open its first Russian production at Moscow's Luzhniki sports complex on October 23, the general director of the company's Russian subsidiary said on Friday.   "The Russian audience will see the Varekai show, created in Montreal in 2002 by the theater producer Dominic Champagne," Natalya Romanova of Cirque du Soleil Rus said, adding that the performance has already been staged in 45 cities across the world. "This parable touches each of us. If a person comes to a new country or a new group, he has to get used to the people, find a common language with them, and show what he is capable of."   The staging of Varekai in Russia will cost more than $10 million and involve 71 trailers transporting more than 1,000 tons of equipment. The show requires more than 600 costumes, including footwear, wigs and hats. There are 127 employees, including 56 performers, representing 21 countries in the troupe, and Romanova said 25-30% of the artists taking part in the Varekai show were born in Russia or other former Soviet republics.   "This show is full of very complicated acrobatic and gymnastic turns, and the Russian circus school remains one of the best," Romanova said. She pointed out that the Cirque du Soleil's first tour in Russia coincided with its 25th anniversary, and said founder Guy Laliberte would attend the premiere.   Romanova said on Friday that Cirque du Soleil was looking at creating a permanent stage for its performances in Moscow as part of developing its business in Russia.   "An original show conceived precisely for the Russian stage was developed and presented to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov in December 2008," Romanova said. For now, the details of the special show are being kept under wraps.   Source: RIA Novosti