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08/15/2012

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Popular Actor Tapped to Revive Right Cause

A charismatic priest-turned-actor known for his eclectic political views was nominated to head the supreme council of the centrist Right Cause party in an attempt to boost its falling popularity.

Russia Reaches Out to Foreigners – With a Logo

Eager to boost tourism, Russia has unveiled its first logo: a simple piece of artwork with the words "My Russia" portrayed in the white, blue and red colors of the national flag.

Why a Gay Muscovite Sought, and Won, U.S. Asylum

Last year, Alexander Kargaltsev became one of a handful of gay Russians granted political asylum in the United States.

Teddy Bear Team Snubs Belarus

The Associated Press
A Swedish advertising agency that air-dropped hundreds of teddy bears with pro-human-rights messages over Belarus has rejected a summons for questioning by the former Soviet republic's KGB security agency.

Opposition Eyes Popularity Vote as Catalyst for Unity

Reuters
Russia's fragmented opposition is to hold a nationwide Internet vote to identify its most popular leaders and elect a coordinating council ahead of planned mass anti-Kremlin protests later this year.

Foreign Ministry Denies Diplomat Said Assad Ready to Step Down

Reuters
The Foreign Ministry denied a Saudi Arabian newspaper report on Tuesday that cited Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying Syrian President Bashar Assad was ready to step down.

Grain Exports at 1.8 Million Tons in July

Bloomberg
Russia, the world's third-biggest wheat exporter last season, sold 1.8 million metric tons of the grain abroad in July, more than double the prior month's shipments.

Foreign Investors Cautious as Mongolia Forms Government

Reuters
While Norov Altanhuyag of the Mongolian Democratic Party takes over as prime minister in a transfer of power that began this month, the key risk for mining firms — the engines of economic growth for the country — remains the influence of resource-nationalist lawmakers.

Pipe Maker TMK to Bring Suit Against EC

Reuters
TMK, the country's largest maker of steel pipes for the energy sector, said it would sue to block a European Commission decision to extend import tariffs on seamless pipes through 2017.

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