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08/10/2010

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State Allots $1.8Bln for Firefighters

The government on Monday backed a plan to spend 54 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) on state-of-the-art firefighting aircraft and trucks for the Emergency Situations Ministry, which is under enormous strain as it fights wildfires in central Russia.

Khimki Battle Stirs Press Freedom Fears

An ongoing tussle over the Khimki forest is raising fears that media freedoms are in jeopardy, with the police pressuring journalists into collaborating or revealing their sources of information, media freedom activists said Monday.

Home Rebuilding Starts

Construction on new houses for those who have lost their homes because of wildfires has started in all regions that have fallen victim to the blazes, the Regional Development Ministry said Monday.

Scientist in Spy Swap Fears New Arrest

The Moscow Times
Igor Sutyagin, an arms researcher convicted of espionage and freed in last month's spy swap, said he faces arrest if he returns to Russia because he has not received any papers confirming his release.

Up to 50% of Checks on Small Business Illegal

By Maxim Tovkailo / Vedomosti
The majority of unplanned checks on small businesses are not being approved beforehand by the Prosecutor General's Office, which is being circumvented in half of all inspections, the Economic Development Ministry has found.

Grain Export Bank May Be Extended

Combined Reports
Drought-devastated Russia could extend a grain export ban into next year and may cut its 2010 beet sugar output, reflecting the dimming prospects for crops in the scorched Black Sea breadbasket region.

'Fake' Flying Donkey Sold to British Tabloid

The Moscow Times
A British tabloid that paid 70,000 rubles ($2,000) for the much-publicized “parasailing donkey” might have bought the wrong animal, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Monday.

Defense Ministry Gets New Oversight Chief

By Alexei Nikolsky / Vedomosti
Tatyana Shevtsova, a former deputy head of the Federal Tax Service, has become the ninth deputy minister in the Defense Ministry, where she will coordinate all of its oversight activities and services.

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