A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today
Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, welcomed a legal initiative by Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to toughen NGO regulations.
Egypt’s interim authorities have started forming a new government led by former Finance Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. The army leaders who toppled President Mohamed Morsi last week are eager to start a national reconciliation process as soon as possible. However, both the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement and liberal politicians are opposed to their efforts.
(Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
The United States was not convinced by a Russian report claiming that a chemical weapons attack in Syria was carried out by the opposition, not by government forces, as US experts had previously said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed preparations for the G20 summit in St. Petersburg and ways to attract investment for infrastructure projects in Russia.
(Izvestia, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with top members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Russia's big-business lobby..
METALS & MINING
Highland Gold hopes to earn at least $50 million by selling the Taseyev gold deposit in eastern Siberia.
OIL & GAS
The world will need less of OPEC's oil in 2014. Although demand continues to grow, the oil producers' group faces growing competition from shale-oil producers.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, maker of the Sukhoi Superjet, the latest hope for Russia’s civil aviation industry, is on the verge of a default. The company has debts of $2 billion.
TELECOMS & IT
Computer giant Apple was found guilty of conspiring with the major book publishers to raise e-book pricing.
The Federal Guard Service has announced a tender to buy 20 typewriters to print secret documents. After the leak of secret documents by US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the service fears that some of its secret documents are unsafe while in a digital format, a source told Izvestia.
Most Russians believe that the country still needs “a strong leader” who will get things right in the country through sometimes authoritarian measures. Russians are also inclined to support greater defense spending, even if it creates economic problems. However, the number of staunch supporters of such measures is now declining, according to a survey by independent pollster Levada Center.
Authorities in the town of Pugachyov in the Volga area are still searching for a solution to interethnic tensions, sparked by the killing of a young man last week. On Wednesday about 50 local residents tried to block rail traffic at the town’s main station, while about 200 residents gathered to sign a petition to the region’s governor. The town police chief was sacked in a bid to ease tensions.
(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Russia's presidential human rights council will suggest returning the bodies of terror suspects to their relatives. A law which prohibits such measures was criticized as “immoral” by the European Court of Human Rights a month ago.
Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a ban on wearing Islamic headscarves in schools, introduced in South Russia’s Stavropol Territory, was legal.
Russia's State Duma will create a working group of lawmakers from various factions to amend the bill to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences, recently approved in its second reading. The bill is due to get the final parliamentary approval this fall.
A member of the Russian parliament, Roman Khudyakov, was beaten up in an apparent "road rage" incident. Doctors say he is in serious, but stable condition. Those suspected of attacking him have been detained near Volgograd in southern Russia.
(Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Moskovsky Komsomolets)
A bill to punish passengers who behave violently aboard aircraft may soon be introduced to the Russian State Duma. The bill will also introduce a blacklist of troublemakers, and airlines will be entitled to bar them from their flights.
Russian-born Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not-guilty to charges including using weapons of mass destruction, at a court appearance in the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev may soon visit Kazan, the host city of the 2013 World University Games.
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