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Environmental Rescue: Civic Groups Ride to Cities’ Rescue – on Bikes

Though some cities no longer suffer as they did in Soviet times from pollution caused by centrally located heavy industry, urban environments are still deteriorating thanks to vehicle exhaust, garbage and dwindling green spaces —while civic groups are emerging as the primary force battling such problems.

Black Caviar Devoured by Muscovites in Ritzy Competition

The Moscow Times
The first speed-eating world championship for black caviar was held over the weekend in Moscow, with contestants gorging themselves on kilograms of the luxurious delicacy costing tens of thousands of dollars. (Video Link)

Italian Eni Gas Company Enters Arctic

Blown by a chilly wind, snowflakes attacked Eni chief Paolo Scaroni on Friday, landing on his bare head and beating softly against his glasses, as he took to an open-air stage here, several kilometers above the Arctic Circle, to announce something the Italian company had never done before.

Elections Chief Admits Astrakhan Violations

Elections chief Vladimir Churov raised opposition hopes of overturning Astrakhan's mayoral election by announcing widespread procedural violations, a claim made by candidate Oleg Shein and his supporters.

TNK-BP Defends Its Green Record

TNK-BP hit back at political criticism of its environmental record Friday as analysts warned that questions raised by ministers about the oil company's focus on a high-dividend policy could push its share price lower.

Thousands Attend Mass Prayer to 'Defend Faith'

More than 65,000 people gathered at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday for a mass prayer service and procession that was large enough to even rival the mass opposition protests this winter.

Moscow Red Cross Chief Ousted After Scandal

The chief of the Moscow Red Cross has been dismissed after a drawn-out battle with members who accused him of misusing Red Cross property and using threats to try to silence them.

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