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07/20/2012

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In a First, Muslim Leaders Attacked in Tatarstan

In the first major attack against religious leaders outside the North Caucasus, Tatarstan's top Muslim leader miraculously survived three bomb blasts that destroyed his car in Kazan on Thursday just minutes after gunmen killed his former aide.

4 Suspects Detained in Attacks on Muslim Leaders

The Moscow Times
Law enforcement officials announced that the motive for the crime appeared to be related to business interests of at least one of the attacked leaders, Chief Mufti Ildus Faizov, as well as "ideological disagreements."

Wedding Professionals Come to Aid of Chaotic Families

Tamada, the Georgian term for a toastmaster at a feast, has become a common part of the Russian lexicon and social life.

Alternative to Bank Privatizations Found

The Central Bank is looking at additional share issues that would dilute state control in Russia's two biggest banks and offer an alternative to the equity sales formerly expected.

Russia Vetoes Syria Resolution

Reuters
Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN Security Council resolution Thursday that threatened Syrian authorities with sanctions if they did not stop using heavy weapons against an uprising and withdraw troops from towns and cities.

Q&A: Alexeyeva Lives Golden Years and the Golden Rule

Moscow Helsinki Group head Lyudmila Alexeyeva shares why she got involved in human rights — and why she stays active at 85.

What the Papers Say, July 19, 2012

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers

Dubai Halts Search for Delimkhanov

The Moscow Times
Dubai prosecutors have halted their pursuit of State Duma Deputy Adam Delimkhanov, formerly on an international wanted list on suspicion of masterminding the 2009 killing of Chechen commander Sulim Yamadayev.

Electricity Exports to Mongolia, China Up Sharply

The Moscow Times
Eastern Energy Co. increased electricity exports to Mongolia by 89 percent year on year to 166 million kilowatt-hours in the first half of 2012.

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