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77,500 Tons of Shells Blow Up in Fire at Urals Arms Depot

A fire, possibly sparked by a discarded cigarette, engulfed a Urals arms depot over the weekend, injuring at least 95 people and prompting 2,000 others to seek psychological help, officials said.

Duma Approves Increase in Fines for Ticket Dodgers

The Moscow Times
The City Duma has authorized a tenfold increase of fines for ticket dodgers on Moscow buses, trolleybuses, trams and the metro, with the rules set to come into force at an unspecified date this month, RIA-Novosti reported.

Homeless Jaywalker Struck by Kudrin's Car Flees Scene

The Moscow Times
The car of Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has struck a homeless jaywalker, who rushed away fearing retaliation before he could receive first aid, news reports said.

Belarus Bailout Starting With $3Bln

Belarus made a first step toward overcoming a deep currency crisis Saturday, securing a $3 billion loan from a Russian-led bailout fund, but said it still needed funding of up to $8 billion from the IMF.

Court Sanctions Arrest of Top Military Doctor

A Moscow military court has sanctioned the arrest of the country's chief military doctor on corruption charges, as well as a subordinate who fought riot police officers during his arrest.

No Cherries but Plenty of Challenges for Railways Chief

Vladimir Yakunin seemed irked. "No cherries, no tea?" he said. "Honestly, I can't work like this." But Yakunin, head of Russian Railways, wasn't really upset. It had just been a long day, he said, sending an aide to find tea before our interview.

Ban on Vegetable Imports Threatens to Derail EU Summit

Fueled by harsh words from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Moscow's decision to ban all European vegetable imports because of a deadly E. coli outbreak is now threatening to derail relations with Brussels just days before a summit with EU leaders.

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