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First Governor Ousted Amid Unrest

Kaliningrad Governor Georgy Boos was ousted Monday amid growing public discontent in his region, becoming the first from the batch of governors appointed after the Kremlin scrapped direct elections in 2004 to be unceremoniously dumped from office.

Fierce Storms Blow Away Heat Wave

Russia looked ready to exchange one natural disaster for another as cold winds swept across the country's northwest on Monday and weather forecasters said hurricane-like gales might replace wildfires and drought.

Volunteers Take Fires Into Own Hands

A grassroots campaign to get donations to fire-touched regions and trade information has been under way for the past two weeks. Hundreds of trucks and volunteers are distributing supplies and working to prevent wildfires from reaching more villages.

Opposition-Favored Square to Close for Construction

Moscow's City Hall announced Monday that it would close Triumfalnaya Ploshchad for construction work after it told opposition activists that they could not rally there.

Key Infrastructure to Lose Tax Break

The Finance Ministry said it would seek to cancel state subsidies of regional and local taxes on key infrastructure assets, including railroad tracks, trunk pipelines and power lines, starting in 2012.

Tatarstan Balks at New Title for President

Tatarstan gave a cool reception Monday to a proposal to unify the titles of all regional leaders, even as United Russia suggested expanding the reform to regional legislatures.

July Sees Surge in Cottage Rentals

Demand for an affordable cottage for rent outside Moscow jumped by almost 50 percent in July from the previous month as Muscovites were trying to escape the scorching heat, according to a recent study.

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