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Friday Russian News Items

Posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

IN ENGLISH
Interfax: “According to a document on Russia’s obligations for market access through its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) the country will practically zero import duties for beer by 2018 after reducing them on annual basis over a six-year period. This document has been seen by Interfax.” RBC, meanwhile, reports that “Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) would not alter export regulations for the Russian oil industry, Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko told reporters.”

RIA Novosti: “Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili described a European parliament resolution on Georgia that dubs Russia an illegal military occupant as ‘historical.'”

ПО-РУССКИ
Газета.ru: “Санэпиднадзор Таджикистана не согласен с недавним заявлением главного санитарного врача России Геннадия Онищенко, по мнению которого таджикским мигрантам нужно запретить въезд в Россию, так как они часто болеют туберкулезом и ВИЧ”.

Лента.ru: “Более 600 пассажиров поезда ‘Невский экспресс’ эвакуированы из-за угрозы взрыва. Об этом 18 ноября сообщает РИА Новости со ссылкой на источник в правоохранительных органах Санкт-Петербурга”.

Thursday Russian News Items

Posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

IN ENGLISH
Interfax: “Fifty-seven citizens of Tajikistan were deported from Russia on November 11-16, Tajik Migration Service’s migration control department Deputy Head Safarbek Tokhirov said on Thursday.”

ITAR-TASS: “Russia’s Central Elections Commission allowed on Thursday to organise early voting for Russians in over 60 countries worldwide.”

RIA Novosti: “Tickets for performances at Moscow’s Bolshoi theater will have purchasers’ passport numbers printed on them, theater head Anatoly Iksanov said at a news conference on Thursday.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “Владимир Путин ‘превращает избирательный процесс в подобие фарса’, заявила в среду бывшая госсекретарь США Кондолиза Райс, назвав участие российского премьер-министра в президентских выборах 2012 года ‘неудачной идеей'”.

Лента.ru: “Генпрокурор Таджикистана Шерхон Салимзода пообещал, что приговор пилотам Владимиру Садовничему и Алексею Руденко будет смягчен. Об этом сообщает ‘Интерфакс'”.

Полит.ru: “Власти Москвы приступили к разработке закона против пропаганды гомосексуализма несовершеннолетним. Об этом сообщает «Газета.Ru» со слов депутатов столичной думы”.

Wednesday Russian News Items

Posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

IN ENGLISH
BBC: “Organisers of the Confucius Peace Prize – China’s alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize – say they are determined to give the award to Vladimir Putin, despite opposition from Beijing.”

Interfax: “About 20 people were detained on Triumfalnaya Square in central Moscow on Tuesday, the Moscow Police’s press service told Interfax.”

Reuters India: “Three astronauts in Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft safely docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday, to the relief of agencies who had feared they might have to leave the orbiting base empty for the first time in a decade.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “A Chechen poet with antiseparatist views was gunned down in Moscow in what Russian investigators say was a contract killing.”

RIA Novosti: “A Tajik court on Wednesday accepted for consideration an appeal filed by defense lawyers for a Russian and Estonian pilot convicted in Tajikistan. Russian pilot Vladimir Sadovnichy and his Estonian colleague Alexei Rudenko were sentenced to eight and a half years in jail last Tuesday for smuggling and violation of Tajikistan’s airspace.”

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Лента.ru: “В Чечне обнаружили тайник с 300 килограммами вещества, по цвету и составу похожего на тротил, сообщается на сайте МВД по республике”.

NEWSru.com: “Мосгорсуд в надзорном постановлении по жалобе адвокатов экс-главы ЮКОСа Михаила Ходорковского и бывшего руководителя МФО ‘Менатеп’ Платона Лебедева отказался признать политическую мотивированность второго дела ЮКОСа и назвал второй приговор ‘обоснованным и объективным’, сообщает ‘Интерфакс'”.

Радио Свобода: “Москве убит чеченский поэт Руслан Ахтаханов. Его застрелили во дворе жилого дома на Беговой улице позним вечером 15 ноября”.

Tuesday Russian News Items

Posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

IN ENGLISH
Bloomberg: “President Dmitry Medvedev today opened a link connecting natural resources rich Yakutsk to Russia’s main railway lines. The link connecting Yakutsk to Baikalo-Amurskaya railway will allow transport of over 12 million tons of cargo by 2015 and 20 million tons by 2030, Vladimir Yakunin, chief executive officer of OAO Russian Railways, told reporters.”

ITAR-TASS: “Former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov is at the investigation department of the Interior Ministry for questioning. He was summoned as a witness in the case over theft of money at the Bank of Moscow.”

RBC: “Russia’s Central Election Commission has requested the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Foreign Ministry to investigate the activities of five observers from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), that recently visited Russia, the commission’s Chairman Vladimir Churov said at a meeting of the Committee for Fair Elections.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “An assistant to the imam of a local mosque has been shot dead in western Daghestan near the border with Chechnya, RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service reports.”

RIA Novosti: “Russia has deported at least 300 Tajik migrant workers following the jailing of a Russian pilot in the Central Asian republic, a migrant movement leader said on Tuesday.”

Russia Today: “The Russian real estate market is about to change with the introduction of a new price-monitoring system open to everyone.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “Бывший мэр Москвы Юрий Лужков покинул здание следственного департамента МВД России после допроса, в котором он участвовал в качестве свидетеля по делу о хищении крупных средств из Банка Москвы. Допрос Лужкова продолжался более четырех часов”.

Газета.ru: “Владимир Чуров обратился в Генпрокуратуру и МИД с просьбой проверить, не нарушила ли делегация ПАСЕ, раскритиковавшая работу ЦИК по итогам визита в Россию, выборное законодательство“.

Коммерсантъ: “Региональное отделение «Правого дела» в Волгограде расторгло соглашение с «Единой Россией», обвинив ее в давлении на оппозиционные партии и введении политической цензуры”.

Monday Russian News Items

Posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

IN ENGLISH
Bloomberg: “Russia’s economic growth probably accelerated in the third quarter for the first time since last year as companies stepped up investment and bank lending buoyed”

Interfax: “Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov will confer on missile defense with American experts in Brussels on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said on its website on Monday.”

ITAR-TASS: “Around 21,000 ethnic Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija have applied to the Russian State Duma, asking to help them be granted Russian citizenship, diplomat of the Russian embassy Oleg Buldakov told Itar-Tass on Monday.”

Reuters India: “Three astronauts blasted off on Monday to return a full crew to the International Space Station (ISS) as Russia seeks to restore confidence in its space programme after the crash of a cargo spaceship and several botched launches.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Officials in Georgia’s breakaway province of South Ossetia say an election to pick a new leader there will go to a runoff between a Kremlin-backed candidate and a former senior education official.” ITAR-TASS notes that the “North-Atlantic pact does not recognize the results of the presidential election that was held in South Ossetia on Sunday, November 13, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.”

RIA Novosti: “The head of a south Siberian branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is appealing a ruling that labelled his activities ‘extremist,’ a court spokesperson said on Monday.”

RIA Novosti: “Tropical flamingos were found at a frozen pond in the Tomsk Region in western Siberia where temperatures were far below zero over the past two weeks, an official from the local natural resources department said on Monday.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “Российский космический корабль “Союз” с двумя российскими космонавтами и американским астронавтом на борту вышел на околоземную орбиту после успешного старта с космодрома ‘Байконур'”.

Ведомости: “Россия вышла на первое место по числу пользователей интернета, следует из данных исследовательской компании Comscore”.

Лента.ru: “В дагестанском городе Каспийск силовые структуры ликвидировали двух боевиков в ходе спецоперации. Ее активная часть завершена, сообщает РИА Новости”.

Полит.ru: “Первый в этом сезоне крупный снегопад с метелью ожидается в Москве в ночь на вторник, 15 ноября – высота снежного покрова составит около пяти сантиметров, сообщает «РИА Новости»”.