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Infill Construction Makes Inroads

Residents of two apartment buildings in a quiet neighborhood of northeastern Moscow are fighting to save their shared yard after authorities began bulldozing trees to make way for a kindergarten that locals say is unneeded.

Putin Welcomes Arab Cash in Sochi

Foreign investors lauded Russia's stability and openness at an economic forum headlined by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who oversaw the signing of deals to attract $800 million of investment from the United Arab Emirates.

High Court Bans 'Ruinous' Libel Suits

Courts should not award "ruinous" compensation in libel suits against media and politicians because it impedes freedom of speech, the Supreme Court said in a ruling published Monday in Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Luzhkov Growls and Takes a Vacation

Under the fire of a smear campaign, Mayor Yury Luzhkov lashed out at the federal authorities over migration laws, promised new metro stations and then announced that he was leaving for vacation in Austria.

Art Group Flips Police Cars

Several police cars were overturned in St. Petersburg in a stunt claimed on Monday by the same group of artists that painted a huge penis on a drawbridge in June.

Snubbed Nashi Calls Off Le Monde Case

Nashi, the pro-Kremlin youth group, said it had withdrawn a defamation lawsuit against French newspaper Le Monde. Nashi decided to drop the case because Le Monde had refused to participate in a dialogue with the group.

Sistema Could Get 49% Stake In Mapping Firm

Sergei Vasilyev, head of the Federal Service for Land Surveying and Cartography, told RIA-Novosti on Monday that Sistema could get a 49 percent stake in a future cartography corporation to be run jointly with the state.

Domain Name Hints at Putin 2012 Bid

A government agency registered the domain name Putin-2012.rf last week only to revoke its application two days later, stirring speculation in the media over the possible start of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential campaign.

Zakayev Briefly Held In Poland

The Associated Press
Former Chechen rebel envoy Akhmed Zakayev was briefly detained in Poland on Russian charges of murder, kidnapping and terrorism linked to Chechnya's separatist war of the 1990s.

Rival Builders Battle For Key Industry Job

Administrative procedures in the Russian construction industry could come closer to world practice, after a battle over leadership of a regulatory group culminates in a Sept. 30 election.

Inflatable Objects Beat Billboards, Rusbal Says

If you want to advertise, Viktor Talanov says there is only one way to get people's attention: Blow something up. No, Talanov is not referring to explosives.

Army Considers Inflatable Tanks and Planes

As world military powers look to develop the biggest, baddest weapons, Russia's armed forces are toying with an alternative: inflatable missiles, tanks and planes.

Oniani Denies Ordering Hit

The Moscow Times
Reputed thief-in-law Tariel Oniani has denied ordering a hit on rival underworld boss Aslan Usoyan, better known as Grandpa Khasan, Oniani's lawyer said Monday, Interfax reported.

Orthodox Church Sidesteps Mosque Ban

The Moscow Times
The Moscow Patriarchate on Monday stopped short of supporting an appeal by Muscovites seeking to stop construction of a mosque in their district, but the church criticized local authorities for not allowing an Orthodox Christian church on the same site.
Presidents Medvedev and Yanukovych standing by their vintage cars on the Ukrainian-Russian border during the St. Petersburg-Kiev motor rally Friday.

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Presidents Medvedev and Yanukovych standing by their vintage cars on the Ukrainian-Russian border during the St. Petersburg-Kiev motor rally Friday.

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