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08/31/2010

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War Veteran Kills 9 in Suicide Blaze

A World War II veteran set fire to himself in a nursing home in a Tver regional town early Monday, creating a blaze that killed him and at least eight other residents in the understaffed facility. The man had lived in various homes in recent years.

Thugs Clobber Rock Fans at Festival

A rock festival near the city of Miass in the Chelyabinsk region was transformed into a battlefield this weekend as dozens of thugs assaulted the audience with bats and batons. Local authorities said it was a restaurant dispute gone seriously wrong.

Car Import Tariff Hikes Planned

Combined Reports
The government will raise import duties on foreign cars to stimulate investment in local manufacturing plants and boost domestic players, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told a state news channel Monday.

Activists Rally for 'Volkonsky' House

Architectural preservationists gathered early Monday to prevent the demolition of an old house adjacent to an estate where Leo Tolstoy found inspiration for one of his most famous characters.

Ex-Yevroset Deputy Admits Vigilantism

The Moscow Times
Yevroset's former deputy head Boris Levin pleaded guilty to vigilantism charges at the opening of the trial of nine ex-Yevroset employees accused of kidnapping a former worker.

Medvedev Backs Title Changes

The Moscow Times
President Dmitry Medvedev said he backs an initiative by Chechnya's president to abolish regional presidential titles but won't insist on uniform titles for the nation's regional leaders.

State May Cut Stake In VTB To 50%

The government may sell more than 35 percent of VTB to bring its stake in the bank to just over 50 percent, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said in comments released Monday, a move that may force the lender toward greater transparency.

Putin Belittles Political Opposition

Combined Reports
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin disparaged Russian dissidents in crude street language in an interview Monday and said they would keep getting beaten if they kept holding unauthorized rallies.

Berlin Prods Kiev Over Free Media

The Associated Press
Germany's chancellor urged Ukraine's president on Monday to strengthen media freedoms in Ukraine, while stressing the potential for further cooperation between the two nations on energy.

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