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08/22/2007

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Superpowers Should Not Get Offended

It's been two weeks since a rocket was dropped in the Georgian village of Tsitelubani, and my amazement over this story grows with every day.

Peat Fires Cover Moscow in a Haze

The city was under a hazy shroud generated by more than 20 peat and forest fires in nearby regions Tuesday, prompting city health officials to advise people with respiratory difficulties to stay at home.

Rogozin Goes After An Ingush Author

State Duma Deputy Dmitry Rogozin has asked prosecutors to investigate whether a novel by an Ingush author incites ethnic hatred.

Court Panel Backs FSB In Physicists' Spy Case

A panel of court experts in Novosibirsk has determined that two brothers revealed state secrets in a booklet they wrote about the Novosibirsk Institute of Applied Physics, the Federal Security Service said in a statement Tuesday.

General Calls U.S. Radar 'Big Mistake' for Prague

General Yury Baluyevsky said Tuesday that the Czech Republic would be making a ""big mistake"" to host a U.S. missile defense shield on its soil and urged Prague to delay a decision until a new U.S. president is elected.

Foreigner Held Over Soviet Medals

A Chilean student has been detained in Voronezh for more than two months after customs officials found old currency and several Soviet medals she bought from a street vendor.

Woman Burns Penis Of Dozing Ex-Spouse

The 41-year-old woman faces up to three years in prison if convicted of deliberately inflicting injury.

Police Fear a Copycat Killer

Moscow police fear a copycat killer may be on the loose after finding the body of a woman murdered similarly to the victims of suspected serial killer Alexei Pichushkin.

News in Brief

Teen Jailed for KidnappingKondopoga Cafe PlansCockpit Window CracksNo Detainees in Train BlastKazakhstan Pressed on Vote

Weakening Ruble Gets Cash Boost

The Central Bank intervened Tuesday to support a weakening ruble and pumped fresh liquidity into the banking system as foreign investors cut their exposure to risky assets in a global credit crunch.

Italian Poultry Banned to Stop Bird Flu

Russia banned poultry imports from Italy on Monday to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus after an outbreak in the EU member state, the Agriculture Ministry's animal and plant health watchdog said Tuesday.

MTS Eyes Armenia's K-Telecom

The country's top cellular operator, Mobile TeleSystems, is in talks to buy Armenia's leading mobile network provider, K-Telecom, a source familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

VSMPO Plans $1Bln Investments

VSMPO-Avisma plans to invest $800 million to $1 billion to increase output of titanium products and may list shares abroad in 2010, the company's general director said Tuesday.

Business in Brief

Nord Stream RedirectedMICEX Net DoublesNovorossiisk Port Plans IPOBerezovsky Trial PostponedLG Eyes Siberian Coal FirmsBanks Seek LiquidityStrabag Exemption SoughtState Drug Firm PlannedAxel Springer Seeks PartnerUPM's Wood Imports DropMatra Says Losses NarrowKazakhs Raises Coal Target

Sukhoi, Ilyushin and VSMPO Sign Deals

As expected, the opening day of MAKS brought a raft of deals, including the sale of Sukhoi jets to Indonesia, an agreement for a joint venture between U.S. giant Boeing and domestic manufacturer VSMPO-Avisma, and even plans for trips to Mars.

Ukrainian Court Decides Missile Not Behind Crash

Russian investigators failed to prove that a Ukrainian missile brought down a Sibir passenger jet in October 2001, a Ukrainian court said Tuesday in upholding an earlier court ruling.

Air Show Offers Both Old and New

Flashes of both the past and the future were on full display Tuesday at the largest air show in Russia's post-Soviet history as President Vladimir Putin pledged to revive the country's aerospace industry.

Gazprom Follows Kremlin Lead on PR Front

The world's largest gas company has a problem. It's not that reserves from old fields are dwindling as production from new ones stagnates.
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