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08/07/2012

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British Lawmaker Defends Pussy Riot at Trial

A British lawmaker attended the Pussy Riot trial on Monday "to give a bit of extra attention" to the three punk rockers who face up to seven years in prison for a performance in which they denounced President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill.

Altai Struggles for Foreign Tourists' Awareness

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov loves rafting in this Siberian area, which borders Mongolia and China, a vacation that he reportedly takes every year.

St. Petersburg Building Plans Upset Local Greeks

A new five-story business center and hotel complex due to appear next to the Oktyabrsky concert hall is causing consternation among the city’s Greek community as well as preservationists.

What the Papers Say, Aug. 6, 2012

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

Country Childhood Benefits Fyodorov

Bloomberg
Nikolai Fyodorov learned as a boy selling radishes in a street market in the former Soviet Union that when rivals showed up he had to cut prices. Now, as Russia's agriculture minister, he has to instill competition in the nation's 17.8 million farmers while weaning them off subsidies.

City Hall to Promote Agriculture in Greater Moscow

Vedomosti
The city of Moscow will promote agribusinesses in the recently annexed territories known as Greater Moscow.

Duma Deputy Gudkov in More Hot Water

Investigators on Monday took a step toward charging opposition-minded State Duma Deputy Gennady Gudkov with breaking the law by actively managing business interests and collecting profits from them.

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