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08/22/2008

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Finding a Remedy for Health Care

When anesthesiologist Dmitry Sedykh was called to treat an 8-month-old suffering from heart failure this May, he found no equipment to resuscitate the baby boy.

Moscow Says Some Troops to Stay Put

Staff Writers
Russian soldiers were at work digging positions outside Georgia’s main Black Sea port city of Poti on Thursday at the same time Moscow maintained that its soldiers were on schedule to pull out of the country proper by Friday.

Khodorkovsky Offers to Stay Out of Business

Jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky told his parole hearing Thursday that if freed he would quit the oil business for good, and devote his life instead to humanitarian work and his family.

Syria Expected to Reach Arms Deals

Reuters
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad backed Russia’s military action against Georgia at talks with President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday that were expected to cover purchases of Russian arms.

Kudrin Uneasy Over Oil Price Downturn

Falling oil prices might mean that Russia will begin to spend its financial cushion, the Reserve Fund, in 2015, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Thursday.

Reserves Plummet $16.4Bln in a Week

Russia’s international reserves fell $16.4 billion in the week from Aug. 8, as the Central Bank moved to prop up the ruble amid concerns over the conflict with Georgia and the euro weakening against the dollar.

Russia Values Oil More Than War

One counterintuitive feature of the five-day war between Russia and Georgia is its minimal impact on the energy flows from the Caspian to world markets.

When Leaving Is Not Quite Leaving

Every year as August approaches, I cross my fingers and hope that this month, so cursed for Russia, will pass peacefully without military, economic, social or political disasters. For a few years, August wasn't too bad. But this year, the curse is back.

News in Brief

French Ambassador HeldTymoshenko InvestigatedMoldova Seeks EU Help

Births Jump 8% as State Provides Aid

Bloomberg
Births rose 7.8 percent in the first half of the year after the government introduced monetary incentives for families in an effort to stop the decline in the population.

Sergei Ivanov Calls on Zenit to Let Arshavin Go

The Moscow Times
Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has weighed in on the professional future of footballer Andrei Arshavin, saying the Russian star's club should relent on his transfer fee so that he can play abroad.

No Day for Homeless

The Moscow Times
Homeless people will be removed from city streets ahead of City Day celebrations set for the first weekend of September, a senior city official said Thursday

Business in Brief

iPhone, MTS Deal SeenGazprom Investments Up?ONGC Talk Boosts ImperialNorilsk Gets Political ExecRussia Is Attractive for RetailRail Ticket Prices Up

Russia Asked to Clear Bombs

Reuters
A leading human rights group urged Russia on Thursday to clear unexploded Russian bombs it said were littering some areas of the Georgian countryside and endangering the population.

Russia Warns of Corpse Provocation

Bloomberg
Georgian authorities are preparing a ""mass provocation"" as early as Thursday, using corpses to create an impression of deaths among civilians, the military said Thursday in a statement distributed by the Kremlin.

Red Cross Will Visit Detainees

Reuters
Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, who have reached South Ossetia, will focus on visiting detainees and helping families trace missing loved ones, an ICRC spokesman said on Thursday.

U.S. Expects to Rebuild Georgian Army

Reuters
The United States expects to help Georgia rebuild its military, a top U.S. general said Thursday.

AiRUnion Agrees to Pay Debts

Combined Reports
AiRUnion on Thursday pledged to resume flights from Moscow after reaching an accord on paying debts for jet fuel. The deal came after AiRUnion companies delayed flights at Domodedovo and Krasnoyarsk over fuel debts.

Economic Growth Seen Slowing Down

Bloomberg
Russia’s economy will grow at a slower rate in the second half of the year because of higher borrowing rates in the wake of the conflict with Georgia and a slowdown in the construction industry, Alfa Bank said Thursday.
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