Google just added a new extension for users from Russia which makes the new tab page more useful. The new design has the most used tabs, headlines from Google News Russia, current weather, and links to some Chrome apps (not from your apps menu).
The extension can be installed from here, even if you are not in Russia. I could install this on my Chromebook and it is working fine, except for the Russian language which obviously do not understand.
The first thing on this page is Google logo, and then the Google search box. This probably will display Google Doogles whenever there is one on the Google.ru page.