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Engineering a Forest's Defense

Yevgenia Chirikova, a former businesswoman leading the group of activists defending the Khimki forest, told The Moscow Times that she attributes her anti-logging defiance to her guerrilla genes and a chance stroll in the woods.

Ecologists Face Cops and Thugs

Environmentalists trying to prevent the destruction of the Khimki forest called the police after 100 masked thugs threatened them with physical violence. But instead of being rescued, they found themselves placed under arrest.

Heat Wave Is on Path to All-Time Record

Moscow weather broke the record for July temperatures by reaching 36.6 degrees Celsius, just two decimal points short of the all-time record, forecasters said.

Bombs Kept Bogdanchikov From Yukos Trial

The Moscow Times
Rosneft chief Sergei Bogdanchikov failed to testify at Mikhail Khodorkovsky's ongoing second trial last week because he was at a government meeting on a bombed hydropower station, a government spokesman said.

Putin Sings With Deported Spies

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he has sung Soviet-era patriotic songs with the 10 spies deported from the United States and knows the identities of those who betrayed them.

No Charges Over Parasailing Donkey

The Moscow Times
Police have refused to open a case against an Anapa resident who sent his female donkey parasailing over the Sea of Azov because a veterinarian found the animal to be “clinically healthy,” RIA-Novosti reported.

Vardanyan to Quit Troika in 3 to 5 Years, Offer 40% Stake

Ruben Vardanyan, chairman of Troika Dialog, has said he would quit the Russian brokerage in three to five years and offer his 40 percent stake to the firm's management.

2 Suspects in Power Station Attack Killed

The Moscow Times
Police in Kabardino-Balkaria said Sunday that officers killed two militants suspected of involvement in an attack on a hydropower station in the republic.

Putin Regrets Mechel Incident

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that he regretted comments he made two years ago about Mechel that led to a sharp price fall in the company. But he called on other steel majors to listen better to the state.

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