All personnel at the Russian Embassy in Libya have been evacuated to Tunisia following an armed attack believed to be revenge for the killing of a Libyan army officer and his mother.
(Argumenty I Fakti, Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the United Russia Party has succeeded in confirming its status as the country’s leading political force despite tough competition. Putin met with senior party officials at a countryside retreat on Thursday on the eve of a United Russia congress in Moscow. (Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiskaya Gazeta)
Russia marks the 20th anniversary of a constitutional crisis that brought the country to the brink of a civil war.
(Kommersant, Moskovskie Komsomolets)
The European Court of Human Rights has demanded that the Russian government should be more tolerant of unsanctioned meetings.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Russia’s Economic Development Ministry has evaluated the business climate in the country as lower than mediocre, by assigning it 4.2 out of 10 points in a study that uses new methodology to assess the effectiveness of government programs aimed at boosting economic development. (Kommersant)
The European Union is preparing to charge Gazprom in an anti-trust probe on concerns the Russian energy giant was hindering competition in central and eastern Europe.
As a result of a new business strategy, Russia’s potash fertilizer producer Uralkali has increased production by 5 percent while reducing the price for its products by 12 percent.
The United States is likely to overtake Russia in terms of total oil and gas output this year according to experts from America’s Wall Street Journal.
Russia’s Journalists’ Union and some prominent Russian media outlets, as well as international media freedom non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders have condemned the arrest and piracy charges against prominent Russian freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov, who was on an assignment to cover a Greenpeace protest action at a Gazprom oil rig in the Arctic.
The Russian government is considering amendments to Russia’s banking legislation that would allow victims of natural disasters to have a two-year break from payments for loans or other financial obligations.
The Russian authorities are planning to instil patriotism in younger generations with the help of domestically-developed computer and video games. At the same time, games developed abroad will be scrutinized for historical inconsistences and banned if they distort the image of Russia.
Moscow authorities will tighten security in the Russian capital when the Olympic torch arrives Sunday to begin a three-day journey around the city carried by 500 relay participants.
Russian teachers are facing tough times, with stricter controls on their work, low pay and a drain of younger staff from the profession.
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