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08/09/2010

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Top Doctor Tells Foreigners Not to Fear Smog

The country's top doctor implored foreigners not to be scared off by intense smog that has blanketed Moscow for the past three days, even as embassies evacuated staff and at least one closed altogether.

Medvedev Stands By Post-War Republics

President Dmitry Medvedev visited Abkhazia on Sunday to defend Moscow's recognition of the breakaway republic, two years after the war with Georgia. Moscow also promised to donate nearly $330 million to Abkhazia and South Ossetia next year.

Small Victory as Fires Put Out Near Nuclear Site

Combined Reports
Firefighters scored a small victory in their battle against wildfires Sunday, when they finally put out blazes that had threatened the Sarov nuclear research center. But the opposition said authorities were in denial about the nation's fires.

Defense Ministry Vague on War's Toll

Two years after a brief war with Georgia, the Defense Ministry still has not provided a final account of the casualties, while its reports of lost military hardware widely differ from estimates by experts.

Food Poisoning Case In Sakhalin ‘Criminal’

Gennady Onishchenko, the top public doctor, said he was seeking criminal charges against a firm providing food services at the ExxonMobil-led Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project after 70 people suffered mild to moderate food poisoning.

Police to Get New Name in Reform

President Dmitry Medvedev rolled out his much-anticipated bill to reform the Interior Ministry on Saturday. His first step will be to change the name of the notoriously corrupt police force from the Bolshevik-imposed "militia" to the tsarist-era "police."

RusAl Files Request for New Norilsk Meeting

Reuters
United Company RusAl said it wanted to hold board elections for Norilsk Nickel and tighten financial controls at the miner, in an ongoing power struggle for the world's largest nickel and palladium producer.

Russia Accuses U.S. of Loose Arms Control

Reuters
The Foreign Ministry accused the United States on Saturday of breaching its obligations over the nonproliferation of weapons, a sign of strained relations between the two powers.

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