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    MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow court on Monday rejected a claim by the environmental watchdog to suspend the activities of the Ochakovo brewery, citing insufficient evidence.

    The regulator said earlier the brewery had contaminated a river in the west of Moscow, and submitted a lawsuit to the court.

    The court said the Ochakovo case would be returned to the environmental regulator to formalize the case materials.

    "The materials will be returned to Rosprirodnadzor [the Federal Service for the Oversight of Natural Resources] due to the incorrect form of a protocol on administrative offence, and insufficient information," a judge said.

    The regulator demanded the suspension of Ochakovo's operations for 90 days, saying the company had discharged untreated waste into a tributary of the Moscow River, a key source of the capital's water supply, in early July, causing environmental damage that would cost 2.75 million rubles (about $108,000) to rectify.

    However, Ochakovo, a leading producer of beer and soft drinks, rejected the claims.

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