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08/03/2010

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Grain Union Slashes Export Forecast

The Russian Grain Union said Monday that grain exports could fall by as much as half this year, as drought and wildfires continue to destroy crops. The union's director urged the government to begin its intervention program as soon as possible.

Police Detain 50 at Khimki Forest Protest

Police detained Yabloko party leader Sergei Mitrokhin and about 50 other people holding an unsanctioned rally Monday in the Khimki forest against efforts to clear it for an $8 billion highway.

Top Chechen Rebel Steps Down

The leader of the North Caucasus Islamist insurgents, Doku Umarov, has stepped down for health reasons and named an obscure mid-ranking Chechen rebel as his successor.

Rights Council Seeks Youth Leader's Ouster

The Kremlin's human rights council has appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev to fire the head of the Federal Youth Agency over an exhibit at the Lake Seliger youth camp that mocked prominent human rights and opposition leaders.

Starbucks Delays Arrival in St. Pete Till 2012

The opening of the first Starbucks coffee shop in St. Petersburg has been postponed by two years, while its fellow popular U.S. cafe chain Cinnabon is due to open two outlets in the city this fall.

Plane Crash in Northern Siberia Leaves at Least 7 Dead

Associated Press
A twin-engine passenger plane crashed near a northern Siberian town, killing at least seven of the 15 people on board, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Environmentalists Blame Fires on Policies

As the death toll from wildfires rose to 40, environmentalists accused the government of shortsighted policies that have hindered efforts to fight the fires. Meanwhile, some people hoping for quick money may have let their homes go up in flames.

87 Pensioners Win $870,000 in Strasbourg

The Moscow Times
The European Court of Human Rights has awarded about $870,000 to a group of 87 military veterans from a town in the Rostov region who were denied pensions and other compensations, Vremya Novostei reported.

Don-Stroi Agrees to Shorten High-Rise

The Moscow Times
Don-Stroi will reduce the height of one of its high-rise building complexes by 21 meters to comply with Moscow authorities, the developer said Monday.

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