Today in Russian Business – Aug 18, 2010

President Dmitry Medvedev held a special meeting in Sochi earlier this week to address the problem of customs officials, after a recent report showed entrepreneurs naming customs oversights as the main obstacle to innovation in big business.  16 years on, Soyuzmultfilm has not given up efforts to regain the rights to its Soviet cartoons from a California-based company.  On ‘cash-for-clunkers‘ and this year’s strong growth for the car industry.  Vladimir Putin has expressed dissatisfaction over the slow construction of regional prenatal centers. ‘So far, I have an impression that the construction of prenatal centers is just a declaration for certain governors,‘ he said.  The Russian grain export ban is drawing attention to Egypt and the importance of the Egyptian government’s subsidized bread.  On the improved performance of Carlsberg in Russia.