KOMMERSANT (Russia)

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MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin made official his control of state-controlled corportations and information outlets, including major telecommunications companies. Although Putin has informally had the power to control the top management at these companies, the companies will now formally have to answer to him and his administration, Kommersant reported.

The change came about when Putin went from being Prime Minister to President. Officially, the state-owned corporations are controlled by Parliament, with the Prime Minister the head of the legislative body. That arrangement worked perfectly well for Putin when he was Prime Minister, but when he relinquished the post prior to his reelection as president, he found that he no longer had the veto power for top management appointments that he had grown accustomed to. He appears to have found that unacceptable.

In general, the change in law will not mean any changes for the state-owned corporations. In fact, it is a sort of protection against change. Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev’s government didn’t have time to use its short-lived opportunity to change any of the managers at these major companies - and now it has lost the opportunity to do so in the future, Kommersant reports.

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Germany's Legendary Clubbing Culture Crashes Museum Space

The exhibition “Electro” in Düsseldorf is an unlikely tribute to a joyful and uninhibited club culture, with curators forced to contend with limits of a museum setting ... and another COVID lockdown.

A woman with a "Techno" tattoo in front of the famous Berghain

Boris Pofalla

DÜSSELDORF — The last party at the Berghain nightclub in Berlin lasted from Saturday evening until Monday morning. On the first weekend of December, some clubbers lined up for nine hours outside the former power plant – and still didn’t make it past the doormen. A friend said that dancing in the most famous techno club in the world on its last evening was like landing a spot in the last lifeboat to leave the sinking Titanic on 14 April 1912.

It is surely a coincidence that the first comprehensive exhibition charting the 100-year history of electronic music in Germany opened in the same week that nightclubs across the country were forced to close. It wasn’t planned that way, but it’s like opening an exhibition about the cultural history of alcohol the day after the introduction of prohibition.

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