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Russian shares down after Malaysian airliner crash

MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) - Moscow shares fell on Friday morning, extending losses from the previous session following the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner in eastern Ukraine.

The rouble-traded MICEX dropped 1.9 percent in the first minute after trading began and was down 1.6 percent at 1,417 points at 0603 GMT. The dollar-denominated RTS fell 2.4 percent to 1,267 points.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt, Editing by Timothy Heritage)