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08/27/2012

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Vandals Take Chainsaws to Orthodox Crosses

The Russian Orthodox Church is calling for the punishment of vandals who used chainsaws to topple at least four wooden crosses in two regions over the weekend, prompting widespread outrage that some fear might lead to religious unrest.

Double-Decker Tourist Buses Hit the Streets

Three red double-decker buses hit the streets around the Kremlin on Saturday, navigating potholes and curious traffic police, as Moscow became the last European capital to introduce the tourist vehicles that are a familiar sight for holidaymakers across the world.

Dagestani Leader Urges Anti-Racism Fight After Football Brawl

Combined Reports
Dagestan’s leader has appealed to Russians to fight nationalism and racism after Anzhi Makhachkala supporters were attacked following a Europa League match marred by crowd trouble.

Gazprom Says No Disruption After Greenpeace Raid

A team of Greenpeace International activists abandoned an occupation of Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya oil platform after complaining of being bombarded by ice-cold water and metal objects.

Kyrgyz Government Collapses

Reuters
Kyrgyz politicians will attempt to form a new government within two weeks after its ruling coalition collapsed under the strain of a deepening economic crisis and corruption allegations against the prime minister.

Putin Warns of Nationalist Threat

Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said Russia must counter a serious threat from nationalists who he said were taking advantage of democratic freedoms to gain influence in a country with a fragile mix of ethnic groups.

Putin Links Nuclear Cuts to U.S. Shield

Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said he was open to the idea of new nuclear arms cuts on a reciprocal basis if the United States addresses his concerns about a U.S.-led missile defense system in Europe.

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