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Moscow's Smog Worsens as Wildfires Rage

Associated Press
A suffocating smog from wildfires hung over Moscow, raising the concentration of dangerous pollutants to a new high as exasperated residents donned face masks. The thick haze engulfed Moscow for a second straight Saturday.

Grain Export Ban Ordered by Putin

Russia, the world's fourth-largest grain exporter, will ban outbound shipments later this month in an effort to contain domestic prices as a severe drought continues to scorch farmlands, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

Putin Gives Inflamed Blogger a Bell

Taking a new tact in fighting wildfires, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin granted a fire bell to a blogger who accused the government of incompetence. But the story resembled a publicity stunt aimed at younger voters, an analyst said.

6 Countries Join Russian Firefighters

Firefighters battling intense blazes across Russia got a welcome boost when aircraft, firetrucks and personnel arrived from Italy and five former Soviet republics. France, Germany, Poland and Bulgaria also offered help.

Wendy's to Enter Russia Next Year

By Maria Rozhkova / Vedomosti
Wendy's, the world's third-largest fast-food chain, is planning to enter the Russian market in 2011. Mikhail Zelman's Food Service Capital is in talks with the U.S. company about purchasing franchising rights, Vedomosti reported.

Veteran Football Coach Shot Dead in Moscow

A veteran football coach who recently defended his boss in a major embezzlement trial was gunned down in central Moscow, investigators said. The 66-year-old died in the hospital after the attack, which involved a gun with a silencer.

Polyus May Halt KazakhGold

Polyus Gold may halt operations at its KazakhGold subsidiary next week if its Kazakh bank accounts remain frozen, a senior executive at Polyus said Thursday. Authorities in Kazakhstan froze the accounts as part of a criminal investigation related to KazakhGold shareholders

Medvedev, Zuma Oversee Dealmaking

President Dmitry Medvedev met with his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, in Moscow, where they oversaw deals in the metals and nuclear industries. Russia hopes eventually to control 45 percent of South Africa's low-enriched uranium market, Rosatom's chief said.

Khimki Environmental Leader Fined $77

The Moscow Times
Yevgenia Chirikova, leader of a campaign against the destruction of the Khimki forest in the Moscow region, was fined 2,300 rubles ($77) on Thursday by a Khimki court, Interfax reported.

Parasailing Donkey to Fly No More

The female donkey Anapka arrived in Moscow on Wednesday after her brays of terror over an Azov Sea beach last month prompted a British newspaper to step in and buy her.

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