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Aug 17, 2010

Heat probably killed thousands in Moscow: scientist

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several thousand Muscovites are thought to have died in July alone from this year’s unprecedented heatwave and August could add more fatalities to the grim statistics, a Russian scientist said on Tuesday.

Moscow, a metropolis of over 10 million people, suffered from intense heat since late June, with day temperatures sometimes nearing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Aug 16, 2010

Kyrgyz forces aided attacks on Uzbeks: rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some Kyrgyz government troops took part in mob attacks against Uzbeks during an explosion of ethnic unrest in June, and a brutal official probe into the violence is making matters worse, a rights group said Monday.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said some men in uniform cleared away self-defense barricades with armored vehicles to unleash mobs of looters on Uzbek neighborhoods. Other men in uniform fired on civilians in the street.

Aug 13, 2010

Russia to partly lift chicken ban; US wants more

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Russia, the top
market for U.S. chicken, will lift a ban on U.S. poultry
imports starting Aug. 16, the Interfax news agency quoted
Russian Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Oleg Aksyonov as
saying on Friday.

Russia, where U.S. poultry has been banned since January,
will allow poultry imports from 68 U.S. plants out of a total
of 87 proposed by the U.S. side, Aksyonov said.

Aug 11, 2010

Russia deploys missiles to protect Georgia rebels

MOSCOW, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it had
deployed high-precision air defence missiles in the breakaway
Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to
Tbilisi and the West two years after a war with Georgia.

The S-300 missile system bolstered Moscow’s military
presence in the disputed territory and drew an angry response
from Georgia.

Aug 11, 2010

Russia deploys air defenses to protect Georgia rebels

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said Wednesday it had deployed high-precision air defense missiles in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to Tblisi and the West two years after a war with Georgia.

The formidable S-300 missile system bolstered Moscow’s military presence in the disputed territory and drew an angry response from Georgia.

Aug 2, 2010

Analysis – No respite for Moscow as Chechen rebel chief bows out

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The decision by Russia’s most wanted rebel to step down as leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus is unlikely to give Moscow a breather in its efforts to pacify its volatile southern flank.

Doku Umarov, who is also listed as a terrorist by the United States, announced on Sunday he had appointed Aslambek Vadalov as his successor to fight Moscow’s rule over the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

Aug 2, 2010

No respite for Moscow as Chechen rebel chief bows out

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The decision by Russia’s most wanted rebel to step down as leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus is unlikely to give Moscow a breather in its efforts to pacify its volatile southern flank.

Doku Umarov, who is also listed as a terrorist by the United States, announced on Sunday he had appointed Aslambek Vadalov as his successor to fight Moscow’s rule over the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

Aug 1, 2010

Russian Patriarch prays for rain as wildfires rage

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill asked Russians to pray for rain on Sunday as wildfires raged across the European parts of the vast country, sweltering since June in an unprecedented heatwave.

The hottest weather since records began 130 years ago has withered crops and pushed thousands of farmers to the verge of bankruptcy.

Jul 29, 2010

Russia clamps down on Internet, Google frowns

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court in Russia’s far east has ordered an Internet provider to block five sites which it said disseminated extreme views, prompting U.S. Internet giant Google to say on Thursday the move restricted access to information.

Russian Internet provider Rosnet appealed on Wednesday to overturn the ruling by a district court in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, which is the only place the order applies, and which ordered Rosnet to limit access to the five sites that include the YouTube video service owned by Google.

Jul 29, 2010

Sweltering heat breaks new record in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The summer heat set a new all-time temperature record in Moscow Thursday, a leading forecaster said, adding that the unprecedentedly long heatwave could be interrupted already Friday.

Temperatures in the Russian capital hit 37.7 degrees Celsius (99.86 Fahrenheit), beating the previous record set on July 26, said the Fobos forecasting center which provides weather data for the country’s top media outlets.