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Fires Not Likely to Scorch Tandem

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have used controversial tactics in responding to wildfires that have killed 53 people and smog that has sickened millions. But political analysts say public backlash over the fires will be minimal.

Putin, Medvedev Ignore Kursk Date

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster that took the lives of 118 sailors in the Barents Sea, memorial events were held in at least five Russian cities. But ruling officials made no comment on the date.

Anti-Corruption Cameras Show Empty Fields

The Regional Development Ministry on Thursday slammed local officials for the way they set up web cameras to monitor construction of new homes for victims of wildfires, saying they show empty fields, not construction work.

Police Shootout Caught on Camera

A dramatic nighttime shootout between policemen and car thieves in southwestern Moscow left two people dead and two others injured — and was captured on a video posted on YouTube.

Medvedev Says Drought Ruins Quarter of Crop

President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday that a severe drought has slashed the country's grain crop by a quarter and ordered the government to prevent a rapid growth in food prices.

Police End Anti-Mayor 'Day of Wrath'

The Moscow Times
An unsanctioned rally against Mayor Yury Luzhkov was cut short by police, who cordoned off the site hours in advance and detained 35 protesters Thursday evening.

The Long March to Energy Efficiency

Special Report: Heating systems tested in July. Power plants aged to perfection. Russia is a top energy waster, leading President Dmitry Medvedev to try modernizing the country's infrastructure and promoting energy efficiency. But those won't come cheaply.

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