A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today
Mohammed Morsi, elected as Egyptian president in a direct popular vote, held the post for one year and three days. On Thursday, Adli Mansour, the top judge of Egypt's constitutional court, was sworn in as interim president after Morsi was overthrown in a military coup. Mansour will hold the post until a snap election is held.
(Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov resigned on Thursday in a bid for re-election. The new leader will be elected by the republic’s parliament out of three candidates proposed by the president.
In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama vowed to give explanations about alleged surveillance of European diplomats by the US special services. The spy scandal is unlikely to affect the economic ties between the US and its European allies - the EU still sees a free-trade zone agreement with Washington as its priority
The Russian government has approved the main parameters of the 2014-2016 budget.
For the first time ever, the World Bank included Russia on its list of countries with “high” GDP per capita (over $12,616). Russia previously fell into the “above average” category with GDP per capita of $4,086-$12,615.
OIL & GAS
Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft is seeking involvement in new projects in Russia’s territorial waters.
Sales of railway tickets dropped by 20 percent in May and June, although the vacation season has begun. This year, Russians prefer air travel.
According to experts, about 10 lawmakers bought real estate worth more than declared incomes earned by their families in three years. The lawmakers claim the experts made mistakes in their evaluations.
TELECOMS & IT
Since November 1, 2012, when Russia introduced a “blacklist” of websites, Russia’s communications watchdog Roscomnadzor received some 52,500 requests to ban web pages allegedly offering illegal content.
BANKING & FINANCE
President Vladimir Putin several leading bankers to a three-hour wait for a meeting with him on Thursday, at which he lectured them for their monopolization of the sector, greed, and holding back the economy. Among those on the receiving end of Putin's tirade were German Gref of Sberbank, Pyotr Aven of Alfa Group and VTB's Andrei Kostin.
(Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)
Alexei Plyakin was appointed the head of Moscow’s Department of the Russian Central Bank.
Russia’s state corporation Rostekhnologii (Rostech) said its export profit grew by 17 percent last year, for the first time surpassing the profit received from contracts under the state defense procurement program.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the ministry would “headhunt” students who are about to complete their studies in IT-related disciplines. The graduates will be invited to do their military service in so-called “scientific units.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would allocate 1.5 billion rubles to support non-governmental organizations - 500 million rubles this year and 1 billion rubles in 2014. The money will be allocated by an independent fund headed by former politician Ella Pamfilova.
(Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
The lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, will on Friday hear in the second reading a much-debated bill to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences. Russian academics have already hired lawyers to appeal the bill in the Constitutional Court.
(Izvestia, Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vedomosti)
The Moscow Region Court sentenced to six years in prison Andrei Chernyshev, accused of organizing an attack on environmental activist Konstantin Fetisov, a prominent campaigner for the conservation of the Khimki Forest. In total, five suspects were detained in connection with the case.
The European Court of Human Rights advised Russia to allow inmates to vote, saying that the current ban violates human rights.
Another coup in Egypt led to a sharp drop in sales of tours to Egypt in Russia, which, according to various sources, fell 20-25 percent in just one week.
Magomed Bilalov, an eyewitness in a possible embezzlement while he was head of a Russian state-run company, may soon be officially declared a suspect in the case. He was publicly criticized by President Vladimir Putin in February over alleged mismanagement of the building of the Olympic ski jump in Sochi.
The 2013 Summer Universiade will officially begin in Kazan on Saturday
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