A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today
The fate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's bid to become mayor of Moscow could be decided Thursday evening, when a Moscow court decides whether his campaign broke the rules.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to meet on Thursday with Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel.
Colombian leftist rebel group FARC has made an important step toward signing a peace deal with the country’s government. For the first time since its conflict with the Colombian authorities began about 50 years ago, the rebels are ready to claim responsibility for acts of violence.
The Czech parliament has voted to dissolve itself. Early general elections are expected to take place on October 25 or 26, although the final date is yet to be set.
Thursday marks a year since Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to experts from Moody’s, only major retail companies have benefited from the deal. Farmers and consumer goods manufacturers have been the worst affected. In addition, about 100 trade restrictions are still in place for Russian companies.
(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Unless Russia's aerospace industry is weaned off state subsidies and becomes productive, it has no future, according to a new study by Strategy Partners Group published just days before the 2013 MAKS airshow near Moscow.
Russian companies have started secret preparations for a possible trade war with Kiev, after an aide to the Russian president, Sergei Glazyev, warned Ukraine that Russia might close its border to Ukrainian goods if Kiev signs a free trade agreement with the European Union.
The crossover and SUV segment of Russia’s car market is likely to grow from the current 35 percent to 50 percent, experts and manufacturers say.
The Ukrainian government and Russian oil producer LUKoil plan to resume production at the Karpatneftekhim petrochemical complex on September 10. Production was suspended nearly a year ago because of low profitability and taxation disputes.
A US court sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in jail Wednesday, after convicting him of the biggest breaches of classified data in US history by providing over 620,000 secret documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.
The Russian authorities have already started estimating losses from unprecedented floods in the Far East. The government allocated 3.2 billion rubles ($96 million) as a “first instalment” to help the affected regions. However, the cost of damage in only one of the three affected regions - the Amur Region - is estimated at 10 billion ($300 million) rubles. Meanwhile, authorities of one of the region’s biggest cities, Khabarovsk, said all of its 600,000 inhabitants will have to be evacuated if water levels rise by one more meter (three feet).
(Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets)
Former officials of the southern Russian city of Krymsk have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three and a half to six years for negligence over last year’s deadly flood in which 153 people died.
Russia’s communications watchdog Roscomnadzor instructed Russian internet service providers to block access to the first website under the new anti-piracy law.
(Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
United Russia lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov is set to introduce a bill banning regional officials from using budget money to buy vehicles at prices exceeding $1 million rubles ($30,000).
Russia's new Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu wants to merge the Emergencies Ministry - which he headed before moving to the military - with the Defense Ministry. That is likely to require a study of how the two ministries have worked in the recent flood disaster in the far east.
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