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08/26/2010

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Young Guard Reshuffles After Fake Video Flap

The leader of the United Russia party's youth wing is quitting amid criticism that his organization not only failed to shine during this summer's devastating wildfires but found themselves mired in scandal for making a fake video of members fighting blazes.

Police Reform Plan Faces Major Revamp

President Dmitry Medvedev's bill to reform the country's notoriously corrupt police force points in the right direction but faces major changes as it undergoes unprecedented public debate, lawmakers said Wednesday.

City Offers Grants for Self-Starters

City Hall said it hoped to help 200 unemployed Muscovites start businesses by the end of the year, offering 58,000 rubles ($1,900) in seed capital to create jobs.

Report: Bees Get More Than Smog Victims

The Moscow Times
Mayor Yury Luzhkov has assigned less money for treating vulnerable city residents than for bees, the popular Lifenews.ru tabloid reported Wednesday.

Rising Sales Drive Foreign Carmakers to Auto Show

Unlike last year's Interavto car show, which faced a lack of international brands amid the recession, this year's Moscow International Auto Salon offers a range of foreign carmakers — some of which found surprising ways to roll out new models Wednesday.

Violent Cop Caught on Tape Faces Charges

The Moscow Times
Investigators have opened a case against a police officer who was caught on camera beating a peaceful protester at a banned opposition rally in St. Petersburg on July 31.

Opposition Ignores Shutdown, Invites Gays

City Hall closed Triumfalnaya Ploshchad on Wednesday for the construction of a parking garage, depriving the opposition of a popular venue for rallies. But the opposition insisted that an Aug. 31 rally would go forward and invited the gay community to join.

Georgia Says Russia Put Missiles in South Ossetia

Reuters
Georgia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday accused Russia of deploying high-precision S-300 air-defense missiles in breakaway South Ossetia in an effort to fence off the strategic South Caucasus.

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