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Bushehr Launch Boosts Rosatom

Russia and Iran on Saturday jointly launched the Bushehr atomic power plant after years of delays and despite concerns about nuclear proliferation. State-run Rosatom hopes the completion will help it secure contracts in other developing countries.

Colonel Cleared in Chubais Attack

A jury has acquitted a group of nationalists headed by a former colonel of trying to kill Anatoly Chubais, an architect of Russia's market reforms, in a retrial that cast rare light on anger in some military circles toward Vladimir Putin's rule.

Farmers Get Rain, But Still Not Enough

Sowing of winter grain crops in a number of regions has been delayed as the two-month drought and heat wave dried out the soil, the Russian Grain Union said. Rain that has fallen since Thursday hasn't significantly improved the situation.

Watchdog Opens Cases Against Bread Makers

The nation's competition watchdog has opened cases against six bread producers, accusing them of price gouging, as grain prices rise because of this summer's drought taking a toll on Russia's harvest.

Officials Waste $13.5Bln in 2009, Putin Says

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin singled out Volgograd City Hall in his criticism of corruption Friday, while blasting regional and local officials for some $13.5 billion in pointless spending last year.

3,000 Praise Forest, Assail Putin at Rally

More than 3,000 people crowded into Pushkin Square on Sunday evening to denounce the authorities' plan to cut down an ancient forest north of Moscow. The rally lasted three hours and ended peacefully, though police detained three prominent activists.

2 Pro-Kremlin Parties Square Off Over Popular Blogger

United Russia has accused a prominent humanitarian activist of secretly working for a rival pro-Kremlin party, raising suspicions that the ruling party is trying to shift attention away from the wildfires ahead of regional elections in October.

Putin Fires Top Forest Official After Fires

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday dismissed the head of the Federal Forestry Agency over criticism that he did little to combat deadly forest fires that were unleashed by a record heat wave and blanketed Moscow in smoke.

3,000 Rally in Kaliningrad for Putin's Ouster, Popular Vote

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About 3,000 people rallied in Kaliningrad on Saturday to demand Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's resignation and a return of direct gubernatorial elections. The gathering was considerably smaller than a protest of 10,000 people in the Baltic exclave in January.

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