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United Russia Shifts Tactics for Fall Elections

Jittery that discontent over the ruling elite's handling of the fires might translate into fewer votes in upcoming local elections, United Russia is sidelining prominent members in favor of lesser-known officials with deep roots in the regions, analysts said.

Rosatom Calls Bushehr 'International Project'

Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko said for the first time that Rosatom had foreign help constructing Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. Kiriyenko said it involved more than 10 European Union and Asia-Pacific nations.

Health Chief Wants to Outlaw Alcohol Ads

The country's top sanitary doctor on Thursday called for a total ban on the advertisement of beer and other alcohol in Russia, calling the beverages "evil" and complaining about their use in television shows.

Bid for Sharia Court in St. Petersburg Fails

A Muslim lawyer's attempt to create St. Petersburg's first sharia court flopped just weeks after the court opened amid a storm of criticism from local Muslim leaders and human rights activists that climaxed with prosecutors ordering its closure.

Cold Front Ends 2-Month Heat Wave

Combined Reports
A cold front hit western Russia, ending the two-month heat wave and clearing Moscow's sky of smog from wildfires — but the city's outskirts still choked on smoke as a fire ravaged a garbage dump outside the city limits.

Medvedev Doppelganger Ads Banned

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said it had banned an advertising campaign for a Kirov regional construction supply firm that featured a President Dmitry Medvedev look-alike. But Stroibat Trading House won't remove the banners until it receives the service’s official order.

2 Sentenced in Rosneft Kidnapping

A Moscow court on Thursday convicted two Chechens in the April 2009 kidnapping of the son of Rosneft vice president Mikhail Stavsky. Investigators said the suspects kidnapped the teenager for ransom to finance North Caucasus Islamist insurgents.

City Hall Bans Rock Concert for Khimki Forest

The Moscow Times
City Hall said Thursday that it would not allow a rock concert to be staged on Pushkin Square this weekend to protest the partial destruction of the Khimki forest for a highway, even after several well-known rockers had agreed to play.

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