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What the Russian papers say

Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, April 22, 2013

Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, April 22, 2013
10:08 22/04/2013
Tags: Day of Municipal Government, media freedom, Boston Marathon, Yamal-Europe-2 project, Moscow Ring Road, liquefied natural gas (LNG), banking, Civil Code, investigation, economy, NGO, Luzhniki stadium, Internet, Baikonur space center, alcohol, elections, Europol Gaz, Interros, Amazon, US State Department, Renault, FIFA World Cup 2018, FIFA, Alrosa, Russian parliament, Gazprom, State Duma, Kremlin, Kairat Kelimbetov, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Mikolaj Budzanowski, Giorgio Napolitano, Elvira Nabiullina, Nicolas Sarkozy, Vladimir Potanin, Muammar Gaddafi, Igor Shuvalov, Sweden, Cyprus, North Caucasus, Poland, Italy, Serbia, Kosovo, United States, Libya, France, Ingushetia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sochi

POLITICS

The people’s congress of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia recommended the region’s parliament reject direct popular elections for the region’s leader. The parliament will vote on the issue on Wednesday, April 24.

(Kommersant, Izvestia)

In its annual reports on human rights worldwide, the US Department of State listed Russia among the countries where human rights cause serious concern. Among the main issues, the report names the recent NGO inspections, the lack of media freedom and violations committed during the 2012 presidential polls.

(Kommersant)

Serbia and Kosovo have signed a treaty to normalize relations, already praised by media and experts as a “historic” document. In the treaty Serbia makes a serious step toward recognizing the sovereignty of Kosovo in exchange for autonomy for Kosovo's Serbs.

(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

France has launched an investigation into possible financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential campaign by the late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

(Kommersant)

The Italian parliament re-elected 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano to a second presidential term on Saturday, the first reelection ever of a head of state in the Italian Republic’s 67-year-long history.

(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

On April 21, Russia marked a new holiday for the first time - the Day of Municipal Government.

(Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

ECONOMY

Officials from the Kremlin, the government and economic experts will hold an urgent meeting in Sochi on Monday to look at ways to spur economic growth in Russia.

(Kommersant)

The State Duma approved in the second reading on Friday another package of amendments to Russia’s Civil Code as part of a wider reform.

(Kommersant, Vedomosti)

METALS & MINING

Vladimir Potanin’s Interros may buy up to 14 percent of shares of Russian diamond miner Alrosa, estimated at approximately $1 billion, during an IPO to take place this fall.

(Kommersant, Vedomosti)

OIL & GAS

Two weeks after Gazprom and its Polish subsidiary Europol Gaz signed a memorandum of understanding on the construction of the Yamal-Europe-2 gas pipeline, a major political scandal broke out in Poland. Polish Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski, who is in charge of the country’s oil and gas sector, has already lost his post, and more dismissals of high-ranking oil and gas officials are likely to follow.

(Kommersant, Vedomosti)

A draft document depriving Gazprom of its status as Russia’s monopolist liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter has already been approved by the government and sent to the presidential administration for approval.

(Izvestia)

AEROSPACE

The Russian contract to lease the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan will not be cancelled but will be reviewed, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Kazakhstan's vice premier Kairat Kelimbetov announced following a meeting in late March. Kommersant looks at what the agreement means for the future of the space center.

(Kommersant)

VEHICLES & ENGINEERING

Renault will invest up to 21 billion rubles (over $660 million) in car production in Russia.

(Vedomosti)

REAL ESTATE

As more and more Russian companies choose to relocate their offices from the city center to areas beyond the Moscow ring-road, about 3.2 million square meters of offices are being built to satisfy demand there, according to the Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) consulting company.

(Vedomosti)

TELECOMS & IT

The number of bills concerning Internet regulation has been growing in Russia. In just the first three months of 2013, 16 bills on the issue were submitted to the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. According to observers, the trend is directly linked to the growing number of internet users, that has already reached 76 million people.

(Moskovskie Novosti)

BANKING & FINANCE

Commenting on the recent banking crisis in Cyprus, Russian presidential aide Elvira Nabiullina said Russian and Swiss banks are the world’s safest.

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

CONSUMER

The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, will begin work in Russia.

(Vedomosti)

SOCIETY

The detention of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspected of organizing the Boston Marathon blast on April 14, was shown live on US TV. The operation to catch the two brothers has already been labeled as one of the biggest investigations in US history.

(Kommersant, Moskovskie Novosti, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

Russia is among the countries with the lowest business activity, according to various surveys.

(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

SPORT

Moscow's Luzhniki stadium has hosted its last large-scale football match. The demolishment of the stadium will begin this fall, to clear the way for the construction of a new arena for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

(Vedomosti)

FIFA may get the right to sell and advertise alcohol during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

(Izvestia)

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

 

 

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