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'Dirty Poppy Invasion' Triggers Rise in Narcotics

Russia's top narcotics official on Wednesday expressed alarm over a "serious poppy invasion" of the country causing a major increase in illegal drugs.

Ukraine to Seek Free Trade With EU Despite Russian Pressure

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Wednesday signaled that his country would not back out of its push toward free trade with the European Union despite Russian pressure.

Russia Says Too Early for U.N. Resolution on Syria Attack

The U.N. Security Council should wait for inspectors to present their report on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria before considering a response, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

What the Papers Say, Aug. 28, 2013

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

Aircraft Firms Ink Technology Deals

The second day of the MAKS 2013 air show in the city of Zhukovsky revealed a recent trend for domestic aircraft makers to import technology first and sell planes later.

Roizman Faces Inquiry Into Alleged Gang Links

The Moscow Times
Prosecutors in the Sverdlovsk region said Wednesday that they planned to investigate Yekaterinburg mayoral candidate Yevgeny Roizman, a prominent ally of billionaire politician Mikhail Prokhorov, on suspicion of links to criminal gangs.

Following Delay, United Plane Takes Off

The Moscow Times
A United Airlines flight that stranded more than 200 passengers in Domodedovo Airport on Tuesday after an emergency landing took off Wednesday for its final destination in the United States.

UEFA Warns Kazakh Club Over Sheep Slaughter Ritual

The Associated Press
UEFA says it has warned Champions League participant Shakhter Karagandy that it could face disciplinary action if it continues the ritual slaughter of animals before matches.

160 Quarantined After Plague Death in Kyrgyzstan

The Associated Press
Four people have been hospitalized and 160 quarantined after a 15-year-old boy who ate marmot meat died of the bubonic plague last week, the Kyrgyz Health Ministry said Wednesday.

Shot Putter Given 2-Year Suspension for Doping

The Associated Press
The Russian Athletics Federation said shot putter Anna Avdeyeva has been suspended for two years for doping.

Minors Held in Killing of 5-Year-Old

RIA Novosti
Police in the central Kurgan region have detained two boys aged nine and 10 on suspicion of murdering a five-year-old, investigators said in a statement Wednesday.

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