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07/30/2010

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Foreign Investors Included in Privatization Plan

The government is counting on foreign investors to help it privatize an estimated $29 billion in assets to reduce the state's "excessive" presence in the economy, Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina said.

Wildfires Kill at Least 25 People

Reuters
Forest fires appearing in western Russia on Friday killed at least 25 people and forced the evacuation of thousands in the hottest weather since records began 130 years ago. The fires have destroyed the homes of more than 2,000 people.

Presidium Approves 2011-13 Budget Outline

The Presidium approved an outline for the 2011-13 federal budget, which included a large infusion of funding for federal targeted programs and a steadily decreasing deficit.

Kremlin's Top Human Rights Advisor Quits

Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev's chief human rights advisor has quit, saying she was unhappy with the atmosphere in Russia. Ella Pamfilova's resignation could come as a blow to Medvedev's efforts to cast himself as a liberal.

Passenger Detained After Airport Standoff

An Ingush-born businessman kept 104 people waiting aboard an airplane at Domodedovo Airport on Thursday during a 2 1/2-hour standoff. He was eventually detained by police officers disguised as medics.

Sweltering Heat Breaks New Record in Moscow

Reuters
The summer heat set a new all-time temperature record in Moscow on Thursday, a forecasting center said. It also said the unprecedentedly long heat wave may be interrupted Friday.

On the Trail of City Funds Spent on Strays

Moscow City Hall has allocated $190 per month for every stray dog housed in its animal shelters in 2010. But a review of documents obtained by The Moscow Times found that stray dogs are part of a lucrative — and extremely murky — business.

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