MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev seemingly completed their job swap Tuesday when Putin announced that he would hand over control of his United Russia party to Medvedev after both trade their government positions in May.
(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)
In his speech to the advisory State Council in a grand Kremlin hall, outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev, who is set to become the next prime minister, presented his vision of the country's policies after his likely confirmation as prime minister by the State Duma on May 8. He spoke of relations between the state, business and society, new regional policies and his vision of freedom
(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)
The State Duma approved in the second crucial reading a bill on governor’s elections on Tuesday. It is to be approved in the third, final reading on Thursday
(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, The Moscow Times)
After going 40 days without food, former Astrakhan mayoral candidate Oleg Shein has stopped his hunger strike by drinking a glass of juice
(The Moscow Times, Moskovskie Novosti)
Proposed U.S. legislation to punish Russian officials involved in human rights abuses could have "a significant negative impact" on U.S.-Russian relations, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak said
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant)
Ukrainian opposition has completed the process of its formal unification
The Russian finance ministry published draft amendments to the 2012 budget, adding additional budget income of 90 billion rubles (about $3 billion)
(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti)
OIL & GAS
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the country’s national oil and gas company MOL will quit the Nabucco gas pipeline project, directed at reducing dependence on Russian gas
The Krasnodar Territory administration ordered the inspection of the seismic resistance of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant. Experts will assess the condition of soil in the 100-km zone around the station
TELECOMS & IT
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who tops the Russian Forbes Rich List, bought a controlling stake in Russia’s third largest mobile operator MegaFon
Russia’s largest mobile operator MTS launch a 4G LTE network in Moscow
The MICEX Index said Tuesday that technical problems were to blame for its sudden shutdown the night before, but that alterations to its equipment have now been made to prevent similar incidents in the future.
(Vedomosti, The Moscow Times)
Belarus is beginning to privatize Belavia, its national airline, with Aeroflot as a possible buyer
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti)
Russia will draft a long-term strategy of its defense industry development for 30-40 years ahead
A contract to supply air-to-air missiles to India, one of Ukraine’s biggest defense contracts in Ukrainian history, is in its final stages of approval
Alexander Yelin, the police chief of Siberia’s Kemerovo region, submitted his resignation in connection with office abuse investigations against his subordinates
A former high-ranking police official has been arrested on suspicion of taking a $900,000 bribe. Edward Sandrukyan, formerly the head of an investigative unit for transportation for the Central Federal District, was caught in a sting operation Sunday in Crocus City Mall in northwest Moscow taking $900,000 in cash, the Investigative Committee said in a statement
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant)
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