Saturday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

Interfax: “Most Russians, in whose populated areas elections to local government bodies were held on March 13, are basically contented with their results, although many saw irregularities and do not think that the voting passed fairly, the sociological service Levada Center told Interfax on Friday based on the results of its nationwide poll.”

ITAR-TASS: “A 26-year-old local resident with three grenades and a homemade explosive device weighing 1.5 kilogrammes has been detained in the Chegem district in Kabardino-Balkaria, a source at the Investigative Committee’s department in the republic told Itar-Tass on Saturday.”

RIA Novosti: “The niece of Vladimir Lenin, father of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, died in Moscow on Friday at the age of 89, officials said.”

Газета.ru: “На Пушкинской площади в Москве проходит санкционированный пикет оппозиции, посвященный 11-й годовщине избрания Владимира Путина президентом России”.

Лента.ru: “В Чегемском районе Кабардино-Балкарии задержан местный житель, бросивший в силовиков гранату, сообщает ‘Интерфакс’ со ссылкой на источник в правоохранительных органах”. “Большинство россиян (63%) с радостью переведут в последний раз стрелки часов на час вперед в ночь на 27 марта, поскольку одобряют решение отменить переход на зимнее время”.

Friday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

BBC: “Russian shareholders of TNK-BP have blocked BP’s Arctic exploration deal with state-owned Rosneft.”

Bloomberg: “London luxury-home prices rose at the fastest rate in a year in the first quarter as overseas buyers vied for trophy properties in the city center and because of a rush to beat a property-tax increase […] ‘We had an incredibly strong start to the year at the top end and seen lots of activity from across the world, with Russian buyers dominating,’ said Jonathan Hewlett, head of the company’s London residential division.”

Interfax: “Russia could join NATO, however, so far the Russian leadership does not seem to be keen to make this step, said Robert Pszczel, Director of the NATO Information Bureau in Moscow.” RIA Novosti, however, reports that “Russia and NATO are planning to resume joint theatre missile defense drills in early 2012, the new head of the NATO Information Office in Moscow said on Friday.”

ITAR-TASS: “Russian Interior Troops’ serviceman has wounded an officer of the OMON-1 police special task force of the Dagestani Interior Ministry in the village of Gubden of the Karabudakhkent district of the republic.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russia says it has decided to increase tariffs for oil and oil products exported to Tajikistan, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports.”

Би-би-си: “В Западно-Байкальской межрайонной природоохранной прокуратуре получили материалы департамента Росприроднадзора по итогам проверки свалки, которую Байкальский целлюлозно-бумажный комбинат устроил на берегу озера”.

Коммерсантъ: “Пресненский суд Москвы 25 марта принял решение арестовать одного из подозреваемых в причастности к массовым беспорядкам на Манежной площади в центре Москвы 11 декабря 2010 года. Напомним, накануне в связи с беспорядками были задержаны двое активистов «Другой России»”.

Лента.ru: “В ходе весеннего призыва служить в российскую армию наберут около 270 тысяч срочников, сообщает ‘Интерфакс’ со ссылкой на источник в министерстве обороны”.

Thursday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

Bloomberg: “Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi may withstand military attacks by the U.S. and its allies for as long as four months, Russia’s former ambassador to the country said in an interview published today in Moskovsky Komsomolets.”

Interfax: “Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich gave an evasive answer to the question whether Moscow was maintaining contacts with the Libyan opposition. Interfax asked the question at the Thursday press briefing. Lukashevich recalled the Russian offer to mediate the settlement of the Libyan crisis ‘by request’.”

ITAR-TASS: “Radiation has not affected the main fishing zones – the Sea of Okhotsk – the catch area of Alaska pollack and herring. Radioactive clouds also will not reach the Russian waters of the Bering Sea.”

RBC: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas discussed the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on Wednesday in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry announced.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Opposition activist Magomed Khazbiyev was beaten and detained today in the volatile Russian republic of Ingushetia, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”

RIA Novosti: “Russia’s Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of state-controlled energy giant Gazprom, is considering developing the Caspian and Black sea offshore deposits but the Black Sea projects may pay off only if the oil giant is granted tax breaks, a Gazprom Neft official said on Thursday.”

Russia Today: “Two activists of the unregistered Other Russia party have been detained in Moscow on suspicion of involvement in the violent mass protests in Manezh Square last December, according to its executive committee member Aleksandr Averin.”

Би-би-си: “Министерство финансов России рассматривает возможность увеличения акцизов на спирт вчетверо, на табачные изделия – более чем вдвое, а также повышения налога на добавленную стоимость на газ”.

Газета.ru: “Чемпионат мира по фигурному катанию, который должен был состояться на этой неделе в Токио, пройдет в Москве с 25 апреля по 1 мая. Решение о проведении соревнований в столице России огласил в четверг совет Международного союза конькобежцев (ISU)”.

Лента.ru: “В Ингушетии задержан оппозиционер, координатор ингушского отделения партии ‘Народной свободы – за Россию без произвола и коррупции’ Магомед Хазбиев”. “В Госдуме блоггера Навального обвинили в надругательстве над российским гербом“.

Новая газета: “В среду в Назрани был разогнан стихийный митинг. Полиция вынуждена была даже стрелять для острастки. Последний раз такое случалось в Ингушетии в 2008 году — еще при Зязикове”.

Wednesday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

Interfax: “Young Guard of United Russia, a pro-Kremlin youth group, will picket a number of embassies of NATO countries involved in the military operation in Libya in Moscow on Wednesday.”

ITAR-TASS: “The State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament is alarmed at the ‘scale and forms’ of the military operation by the international coalition in Libya and intends to join the demands for full cease-fire, according to the State Duma’s draft resolution on the situation in Libya, which the lawmakers intend to consider on Wednesday.”

RBC: “Russia’s Gazprom will increase annual natural gas exports to Slovenia to 1.7bn cubic meters from 500m cubic meters, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told reporters late Tuesday.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said he and President Dmitry Medvedev have ‘very close views’ on the situation in Libya.”

RIA Novosti: “Microscopic radioactive particles from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant that may spread across the world within the next few weeks are ‘harmless,’ a Russian environmental monitoring official said on Wednesday.”

Russia Today: “Musician and conductor Yury Bashmet together with his Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra is set to give a one-of-a-kind concert in Rome as part of the Russia-Italy cross-culture program. The orchestra will perform with the help of priceless Stradivarius violins from Russia’s State Collection.”

Би-би-си: “Нижняя палата российского парламента приняла за основу своей резолюции, которая должна быть принята в течение дня, заявление по ситуации в Ливии, призывающее коалицию прекратить военные действия“.

Газета.ru: “В Ингушетии схватили оппозиционера, обвинив в организации беспорядков: «на митинге бросали камни»”.

Новая газета: “Несколько активистов Федерации автовладельцев России документируют в центре Москвы факты выезда VIP-автомобилей на встречную полосу“.