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08/22/2013

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Navalny's Campaign Relies on Innovation

Widely considered the one contender adding intrigue to the mayoral race, the activist's campaign does things a bit differently.

Campaign Against Migrants Gains Momentum as Elections Loom

All illegal street markets will be closed in the Moscow region by the end of this year, acting Moscow region governor Andrei Vorobyov said Wednesday as the campaign against illegal immigrants amid two key mayoral races was gaining momentum.

Kremlin Aide Threatens End of Free Trade With Ukraine

Russia could annul a free trade regime with Ukraine and scrap joint projects in a number of industries if Kiev signs an association agreement with the European Union, Kremlin advisor Sergei Glazyev was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Russia Requests Extradition of Kazakh Tycoon Banker

Reuters
Russia has asked France to extradite Kazakh oligarch banker Mukhtar Ablyazov, accused of embezzling up to $6 billion from his former bank BTA, Russia's deputy prosecutor general was reported as saying Wednesday.

Businesses Urge Mayoral Hopefuls to Pursue Laissez-Faire Policy

Small business representatives called for equality before the law and less interference from the government, sharing their concerns with Moscow mayoral candidate teams at a round-table discussion organized by the For an Honest Market movement Wednesday.

High Costs, Red Tape Blamed for Slump in Primorye Region's Timber Industry

The Moscow Times
Producers of raw timber in the Primorye region in the Far East have lost about 1 billion rubles in revenue this year as exports to China slid to 25.7 million cubic meters because of high transportation costs and red tape at the border.

Investigators and FSB Raid Customs Service

The Moscow Times
Investigators and security service agents on Wednesday raided the Moscow offices of the Federal Customs Service over what investigators said was a case of suspected bribery by a customs official.

Battery Recycling Project Launched

Waste recycling moved one step ahead in Moscow as the Krasnoselsky district launched a pilot project for the systematic collection of used batteries on Wednesday.

LUKoil Affiliate to Buy Bulgarian Wind Farms

The Moscow Times
A joint venture of the Italian energy company ERG and LUKoil, Lukerg Renew, has received approval to buy four wind energy companies in northeastern Bulgaria and beef up its clean energy profile in Europe.

Bering Strait Shipping Route to Slash Voyage Times Between Asia and Europe

The Moscow Times
Traders that have been looking for the quickest route from Asia to Europe since the days of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot may have finally found it, though the way may be colder than expected and the cargo will probably consist of less silk and spices.

Russia Criticizes Britain on Human Rights After Pressure on Guardian

Reuters
Russia accused Britain on Wednesday of failing to live up to its own declarations on human rights by forcing the Guardian newspaper to destroy materials leaked by fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Runup to MAKS Air Show Littered With Broken Deals

The Moscow Times
A legal uproar around the VIP version of Sukhoi's SuperJet 100 and major military aviation contracts, both concluded and collapsed, line the way to Russia's premiere air show MAKS, set to begin on Aug. 27.

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