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Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, April 23, 2012

Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, April 23, 2012
08:14 23/04/2012
Tags: human rights, elections, Russian Central Bank, EU Council, UN Security Council, Mikhail Prokhorov, Kofi Annan, Francois Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy, Bahrain, Belarus, Russia, Syria, France

POLITICS

The first round of presidential elections was held in France on Friday. There was little doubt that incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Francois Hollande will have to face each other in the runoff

(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

The UN Security Council unanimously voted for resolution 2043, increasing the number of international observers in Syria tenfold, from 30 to 300. Four Russians will be included in the 90-day mission to oversee the implementation of special envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point plan

(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti)

The 2012 Russian presidential elections candidate Mikhail Prokhorov may establish a public movement instead of a political party

(Kommersant, Izvestia)

The EU Council will debate the human rights situation in Belarus. The discussions are likely to focus on economic sanctions against Minsk, apparently in retaliation for President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision not to free political prisoners. The Belarusian leader, who recently pardoned two opposition leaders, vowed no more concessions to the EU

(Kommersant)

Large-scale rallies by the Shia opposition were held in Bahrain on Sunday, on the day of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix

(Kommersant)

ECONOMY

G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank chiefs agreed to increase the International Monetary Fund’s reserves by $430 billion. The largest contributions will be made by the Eurozone states and Japan

(Moskovskie Novosti, The Moscow Times)

TELECOMS & IT

MegaFon, one of Russia’s top three mobile operators, will become the second company to offer 4G services in Russia, after WiMAX operator Scartel. The company will start selling 4G modems in Novosibirsk on Monday and in Moscow on May 14.

(Kommersant, Vedomosti)

CONSUMER

Russian milk industry lobbyists are set to continue the “milk wars” with manufacturers of so-called “milk drinks.” They are to put forward a proposal to the Russian agriculture ministry to make violation of production standards for milk products a criminal offense and restrict the import of tropical oils widely used to make reconstituted milk products

(Kommersant)

DEFENCE

STX France has allowed Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation to build hulls for Mistral helicopter carriers at the Baltic Plant. Analysts say this is the only production facility in Russia capable of fulfilling the task

(Kommersant)

Testing on the first Russian attack drone will not take place at the end of this year as previously planned but in 2014, a top defense official said

(The Moscow Times)

SOCIETY

Following a series of scandalous incidents in Russian churches, a series of events directed against “anti-church forces” was held in Moscow over the weekend, including a rally by Members of Russia’s Night Wolves bikers movement and a mass prayer near the Christ the Savior Cathedral

(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

Firefighters are trying to extinguish wildfires in Russia’s Far East and Siberia. The Amur Region saw its biggest wildfire in decade, which destroyed 83 houses, left two people dead and 350 homeless. Meanwhile, Russian deputy premier Viktor Zubkov said people who burn dry grass should face a criminal penalty

(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

SPORT

Russia’s national development bank Vnesheconombank froze its 107-billion-ruble investment in the construction of Olympic facilities in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi

(Kommersant)

ENVIRONMENT

The Russian natural resources ministry plans to announce an Arctic cleanup tender in early May

(Izvestia)

For more details on all the news in Russia today, visit our website at www.en.rian.ru

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