TODAY: Fewer Moscow fires but other regions still suffering, pollution spreads to Nizhny Novgorod, extreme weather hits Leningrad; Ponomaryov hospitalized after arrest; Kremlin-appointed Luzhkov; Kadyrov calls for regional heads to have common titles; Lukashenko row; ‘stateless’ ethnic Russians, MC Noize.
Human rights veteran Lev Ponomaryov was taken to hospital
with high blood pressure after being arrested at an anti-Yury Luzhkov rally last week. The Moscow Times
on Luzhov’s handling of the early days of Moscow’s heatwave: ‘If Luzhkov knew that he would soon be facing re-election — his term expires in October 2011 — would he have allowed himself a vacation while Moscow was being ravaged by heat and toxic smog? Of course not. But neither Luzhkov nor whoever may replace him must worry about voter approval since the Kremlin appoints governors.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s idea that Russia’s regional leaders should share the same title
has ‘rapidly gained steam
‘ since last week. President Alexander Lukashenko’s row with Moscow
continues – he is accusing Russian authorities of putting pressure on him ahead of the next Belarussian elections. The New York Times
‘ ethnic Russians.
On the latest anti-establishment track
from Noize MC, apparently inspired by his 10-day imprisonment. A ‘new history
‘ by a professor at the University of California reevaluates
the Soviet role in the end of World War II.
PHOTO: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev looks at a Walther pneumatic pistol presented to him by the members of the national shooting team in the Rus sanatorium near Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, Friday, Aug 13, 2010, with an unidentified teammate at right. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)