Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
BBC: “The ex-Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed to swap prisoners captured during fighting in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The deal was agreed at a meeting hosted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Astrakhan.”
Interfax: “Russia has test-fired an RS-12M Topol mobile intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk space center in the Arkhangelsk region, Col. Vadim Koval, a spokesman for the RVSN, told Interfax.”
ITAR-TASS: “A cross-country vehicle along with five people got lost in the Chukchi Peninsula: they left the city of Bilibino with spares for a weather station on October 18, but did not appear there.”
JTA: “The Russian census under way will show a Jewish decline of as much as 25 percent, a specialist on Russian Jewish demography predicts.”
RFE/Rado Liberty: “Environmentalists in the southeastern Russian city of Irkutsk plan to hold a demonstration on November 6 to support efforts to preserve the Khimki Forest near Moscow, the Utrish Forest on Russia’s Black Sea coast, and Lake Baikal, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”
RIA Novosti: “A guilty verdict for former Yukos oil major CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev in a second case may blemish the entire Russian judicial system, Khodorkovsky’s lawyer said on Thursday.”
Russia Today: “Russian football fans are bracing themselves in for a frantic finale to the Russian Premier League season. That’s after top of the table Zenit suffered their first defeat of the year away to Spartak Moscow.”
Би-би-си: “Московский ‘Спартак’ нанес ‘Зениту’ первое поражение в чемпионате России и сохранил интригу в борьбе за золото”.
Коммерсантъ: “Мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин 28 октября пообещал, что в 2011 году будут увеличены городские доплаты для ветеранов, семей с детьми и других категорий граждан“.
NEWSru.com: “Возникшие между организаторами акций ‘Стратегия-31’ разногласия привели к тому, что 31 октября на Триумфальной площади столицы состоятся два отдельных митинга в защиту 31-й статьи Конституции“.