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06/08/2010

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New National Holiday Irks Non-Orthodox Faiths

Russia will celebrate a new holiday next month under a decision backed by the Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church that is stirring up decidedly unholy feelings among non-Orthodox Russians.

Poland Says 4 Russian Soldiers Held for Post-Crash Theft

Polish officials said four Russian soldiers have been detained on suspicion of stealing credit cards from the crash site of the Polish presidential plane in Smolensk. One official said the soldiers initially had been identified mistakenly as officers of OMON.

Gazprom Won't Use Kovykta Field, Leaving It in Limbo

Gazprom reiterated on Monday that it had no plans to tap the giant Kovykta field any time soon, leaving the future of the valuable asset, which is part-owned by BP, on tenterhooks.

2 Policemen Detained for Beating Driver, Burning Car

Two policemen have been detained in St. Petersburg after allegedly attacking a businessman and setting his car on fire in revenge for cutting off their cruiser, investigators said. The driver was able to escape from the beating.

Yabloko Files Suit Against City Plan

The liberal Yabloko party filed a lawsuit Monday against the general plan for Moscow's development through 2025, saying the document is serving commercial developers, not the city's residents.

IOC Checks Up on Sochi, While Hunger Strikers Continue

Both hunger strikers and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin turned out in Sochi on Monday to welcome an Olympic delegation making its latest tour ahead of the 2014 Winter Games.

Prosecutors Stop Some Demolitions in Kadashi

The Moscow Times
City prosecutors halted the demolition of a number of historical buildings in the Kadashi district, after activists blocked developers who are trying to build an elite apartment complex in the city center.

Transaero Jet in Emergency Landing After False Fire Scare

The Moscow Times
A Transaero jet heading to Moscow from Novosibirsk made an emergency landing Monday after a false fire alarm, the airline said. No one was injured.

Obama Pushes for Closer Relations with Azerbaijan

Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama promised in a letter released Monday to tackle "serious issues" straining relations with Azerbaijan, an important link in Afghan supply lines and energy export routes to the West.

Yanukovych Tightens Grip in First 100 Days

Reuters
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has affirmed his power and landed a strategic deal with Russia in his first 100 days. Critics say he hasn't revived the Ukrainian economy.

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