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Today in Russian Business – Aug 15, 2011

A Moscow court has ruled that former grain trader Rosinteragroservice must pay $20 million to its creditor, BNP Paribas.  RFE/RL reports on some of the difficulties faced by those who rely on free medical care.  Pepsi’s long-term efforts to build a platform in Russia may differentiate it from other foreign groups that have faced obstacles on the Russian market, says the FT.  The board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, set up to help midsized businesses expand, has a self-appointed head: Vladimir Putin.  A diplomat and a businessman from Russia, taken hostage in Hangzhou, China over a terminated partnership with a bathroom fixture company, have been freed.  Forbes magazine has filed a complaint against a Dagestani firm for using its trademark on the cover of an unlicensed special issue.  Multinational companies should get involved in emerging markets, writes Stefan Wagstyl, anticipating that the Bric economies will contribute $12,000 billion to the world economy over the next decade.  An anonymous Russian buyer has paid £140 million for an estate in Henley, UK.  Could Russia lose as much as $3.8 billion of revenues from Syrian arms contracts?