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GM is going where the CIA never could β€” at least during the Cold War β€” that is, into Russia's technology establishment. The company is planning a new science center in Russia that it hopes will be a low-cost incubator for new car technology. The plan rests on programs in the U.S. and Europe that pay former Soviet scientists to forgo weapons development for less destructive projects, like saving GM's ass, presumably.

GM Plans Russian Tech Hub [The Detroit News]

Mother Russia, She Lays Her Pontoons on Down: Land Rover, Volvo to Be Built in Vsevolozhsk? [internal]