Monday News Items

Posted on 12/07 by bruceholl



News items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

IN ENGLISH
BBC: "Two men who organised a controversial art exhibition in Moscow in 2007 have been found guilty by a Russian court of inciting hatred. Andrei Yerofeyev and Yuri Samodurov had set up the Forbidden Art exhibition at the Sakharov Museum in Moscow."

Bloomberg: "Russia???s gross domestic product may increase 3 percent this quarter from the same period last year as government spending bolsters industial output, Renaissance Capital said."

Interfax: "A motorized infantry battalion formed on June 13-14 to cope with interethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan was disbanded in Osh on Saturday. The battalion consisted of 300 Afghan War veterans who lived in the Osh and Batken region as reserves for mobilization by the interim government." Meanwhile, Russia Today reports that "The mass ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June left at least 893 people dead, a government official has said. The real number may be much higher, since some of the victims were buried without registration."

ITAR-TASS: "Russia???s government has bought out from the country???s diamond monopoly Alrosa $1 billion worth of diamonds to support the company and the diamond market amid the global economic crisis, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told the 34th World Diamond Congress that opened on Monday."

Reuters India: "Russia plans to radically renovate its crumbling Black Sea Fleet with 15 new vessels after a landmark deal with Ukraine to extend the lease on the fleet's main base, a Russian military think tank said in a report."

RFE/Radio Liberty: "Daghestan's Interior Ministry says one policeman was killed and two people were injured in a drive-by shooting in the republic's capital Makhachkala on July 12."

RIA Novosti: "The abnormal hot and dry weather in Russia will not cause a grain deficit and bread price growth in the central regions of the country as the harvest will ensure all domestic and export needs, Russia's Grain Union president said on Monday."

Voice of America: "Moscow has one of the most extensive metro systems in the world, and arguably one of the best. But, a new stop dubbed, 'The Station of Suicides,' has many critics up in arms. The station is dedicated to 19th century Russian Novelist, Fyodor Dostoevsky."

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