US President Barack Obama addressed the 68th UN General Assembly, defending America’s role in securing stability across the globe. He called on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution under which the Syrian government would face the consequences if it fails to adhere to a US-Russian plan to turn in its chemical weapons.
(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
Russia’s ruling United Russia party will hold its 14th party congress on October 3-5 – this could be the first time it is led solely by party chairman Dmitry Medvedev. President Vladimir Putin, whose new movement was registered by the Justice Ministry in September, said he does not plan to take part.
Russia’s Communist Party says it will propose a vote of no confidence in Dmitry Medvedev’s government during the planned vote on the 2014-2016 state budget in late October
METALS & MINING
Chengdong Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of China's sovereign wealth fund CIC, has acquired a 12.5 percent stake in Russian fertilizer giant Uralkali, becoming the company’s second largest shareholder after billionaire Suleiman Kerimov.
(Kommersant, Vedomosti, Izvestia)
OIL & GAS
Russian state oil giant Rosneft, which needs new projects to implement its ambitious gas strategy, bought a 19.6-percent stake in a Siberian gas venture Severenergia from Italy's Enel SpA for $1.8 billion.
Russia launched a gas-fueled power plant in Nyagan, a town in West Siberia’s Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, built by Finnish energy company Fortum.
TELECOMS & IT
Russian Internet users are not ready to pay for music and video downloads, according to a survey by the Public Opinion Foundation. Although more than half Russia’s netizens are not satisfied with the recent anti-piracy initiatives, copyright holders and lawmakers are convinced that Russians will gradually get used to buying legal content.
An internet inflation index, based on prices for most popular goods in online shops, has been launched in Russia.
In a bid to encourage official employment, unemployed Russians may be stripped of free medical assistance.
The Russian Investigative Committee launched a criminal case on piracy charges against Greenpeace activists who boarded Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya offshore platform.
(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
A State Duma committee said a proposed amnesty to suspects in the high-profile Bolotnaya riot case was fair and realistic. Experts also see no technical or legal obstacles to it, saying the matter depends only on the Russian leadership’s political will.
Moscow may spend 52.7 million rubles to create a single fingerprint database of patients in a bid to ease red tape in healthcare.
According to Russia’s health ministry, the number of abortions in Russia has dropped by nearly a quarter over the past five years.
The Megasport ice palace, Moscow’s main hockey arena, has closed and will not reopen until 2016. Officials say its closure is due to preparations for the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championships, but there were reports that some of the building’s supporting structures needed repairs.
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