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Ecologists Link Far East Floods to Global Warming

When President Vladimir Putin flew to the Khabarovsk region on Thursday to survey the damage from the record flooding in the area, ecologists said he came face-to-face not only with the stubbornly rising waters, but with his own doubts about global warming.

Gay Expats Experience Hardships, and Joys, of Russia

John, a 31-year-old American lawyer, said that when his family and friends first found out he was coming to live in Russia, they immediately assumed that it would be scary as a gay man in such a conservative country.

Russia to Send Ships to Mediterranean

Russia announced  Thursday plans to increase its Navy presence in the Mediterranean as ships from the U.S., Britain and France stood by to await orders in case of a military strike on Syria.

What the Papers Say, Aug. 29, 2013

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

U.S. Opens Investigation Into Russian Helicopter Deals

The U.S. Defense Department has opened a criminal investigation into an Army aviation unit that awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts to Russian and U.S. firms for maintenance and overhaul of Russian-made helicopters, according to people familiar with the matter.

$54Bln to Be Invested in Moscow Region Infrastructure

An unprecedented 1.8 trillion rubles ($54 billion) will be invested in road and rail infrastructure in the Moscow region over the next five years, Konstantin Lyashkevich, the head of the regional road management agency, said Thursday.

Ukraine to Vote on EU/Customs Union Affiliation

RIA Novosti
Ukraine will decide through popular vote whether to sign a free-trade pact with the European Union or join the rival Russia-led Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday.

Belarus to Prosecute Uralkali Owner

The conflict around Uralkali's breakup with its Belarussian partner took another dramatic twist Thursday after Minsk announced their intention to open a criminal case into billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, the major owner of the potash giant.

Jefferies to Hire Bankers

RIA Novosti
New York-based investment bank Jefferies Group plans to hire up to four investment bankers for its first Moscow office, even as its international competitors are scaling back involvement in investment banking in Russia, the financial news website Bloomberg reported.

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