Russian News From Russia: September 4th, 2009!

Over $300 mln needed to repair Siberian dam after accident:
Russia’s energy ministry has requested $9.6 billion rubles ($303 million) from the 2010 budget to repair a South Siberian hydropower plant hit by a deadly accident on August 17.

Over 80 children hospitalized with food poisoning in Ukraine:
The number of children hospitalized with food poisoning in Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea has risen to 83.

Armed men attempt to seize offices of Ukrainian brandy factory:
A group of unknown assailants have attempted to seized the office of Ukraine’s largest brandy producer.

Many dead after NATO air-strike hits fuel tankers in Afghanistan:
Up to 90 people died in north Afghanistan when two fuel tankers exploded after they were hit by a NATO air-strike,the governor of the Kunduz province said on Friday.

Richard Sakwa: The main challenge is to find an appropriate model of ‘the international’ in Russian domestic politics:
RIA Novosti interview with Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

Body parts of missing Siberian dam accident victims found:
Body parts believed to belong to the last two missing victims of August’s deadly accident at a South Siberian hydro-power plant have been found, a source at a local medical center said on Friday.

North Korea enters ‘final phase of uranium enrichment’:
North Korea has begun the final stage of uranium enrichment, a method of producing nuclear weapons.

Sharapova advances to 3rd round of U.S. Open:
Russia’s Maria Sharapova has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York after defeating on Thursday Christina McHale of the United States.

Russian cab driver admits spying for Georgia:
A Russian cab driver admitted spying for Georgia during his trial at a Supreme Court in Russia’s southern republic of North Ossetia, a source in the court said on Thursday.

Lack of threat from Russia stumps NATO:
The lack of a genuine threat from Russia makes it far harder for NATO to decide on its polices than during the Cold War, a Moscow-based analyst said on Thursday.

British court issues arrest warrant for fugitive Russian tycoon:
A British court has issued an arrest warrant for businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, wanted in Russia on kidnapping and extortion charges, a spokeswoman for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said on Thursday.

Body found in collapsed Moscow car park:
Rescuers have found a body among the debris of an underground multi-story car park in Moscow, which collapsed during construction work on Thursday morning, an investigator said.

Russian researchers to hunt for tsarist gold in Lake Baikal:
Russian researchers are planning to hunt for missing tsarist gold, lost in the winter of 1919-1920 during the Russian Civil War, as part of their final dive of East Siberia’s Lake Baikal on Thursday.

Russian international reserves up $6.6 bln in week:
Russia’s gold and foreign currency reserves increased by $6.6 billion, to $404.9 billion, in the week of August 21 – August 28, the Central Bank of Russia said.