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Starbucks heading to Russia after decade of delays

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Starbucks Corp, the world's largest coffee-shop chain, will open its first cafe in Russia next month after a decade of delays that included losing trademark rights.

The first shop will open next month in the Mega Mall north of Moscow, Starbucks spokeswoman Kate Bovey said on Friday by phone from Seattle.

Starbucks first registered its trademark in Russia in 1997. Five years later, it lost the right to the brand after a Moscow lawyer won the rights to its name. That ruling was overturned last year.

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