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07/21/2010

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Opposition Gets Floor but No Recognition

The Other Russia, a party led by Kremlin foe Eduard Limonov, managed to get its political platform published Tuesday in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper. The action stirred hopes that the opposition might get a political voice, but many stayed skeptical.

Default Clouds Banker's Aura

Sergei Pugachyov appears prepared to settle his bank's eurobond default when his creditors convene for a vote Wednesday. But the lender's default — the first by a Russian bank on a foreign bond in a decade — was a major blow to the billionaire senator.

U.S. Blacklists Russian Pornography

Contractors must now prove that any Russian pornography used in fulfilling U.S. government orders was made without children. That's the bizarre message that the U.S. administration sent out this week when its Labor Department put Russian pornography on a product blacklist.

UN Says HIV Epidemic Growing in Ex-Soviet Union

The former Soviet Union and its neighbors are the only places in the world where the HIV epidemic is growing, mainly because of discrimination against infected children and drug users, according to a new United Nations report.

Police Investigate Parasailing Donkey

Police have opened an inquiry into animal abuse after a donkey, attached to a parachute and pulled by a motorboat, flew over a Krasnodar beach for a half hour in a publicity stunt gone bad.

71 Drown During Record Heat Wave

Bloomberg
The heat wave, which led to a record 71 drowning deaths Monday, will last another 10 days, the country’s chief forecaster said. Temperatures have broken July records in dozens of cities in western Russia, while Moscow could break the all-time record of 36.8 C set in August 1920.

Plan for 20% Staff Cut Is Sent to Putin

The federal government must cut its staff by 20 percent over the next three years and prohibit any further growth of the bureaucracy, according to a draft decree the Finance Ministry published Tuesday.

Activists Appeal to Medvedev Over Chechnya

Reuters
Members of the Kremlin's human rights council appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday to protect colleagues in Chechnya after Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov lambasted rights workers.

FSB Officials' Incomes Declared Top Secret

The Moscow Times
The Federal Security Service and the Federal Guard Service will not disclose information about officials' incomes, in spite of an order from President Dmitry Medvedev, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

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