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Saturday Russian News Items

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

IN ENGLISH
Bloomberg: “Russia, once the world’s third- biggest wheat exporter, extended a ban on overseas sales of grain until July 1 to ensure domestic supply after drought damaged crops, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.”

Interfax: “Opposition and human rights activists have said that they will hold the rally in the Triumfalnaya Square on October 31 despite another ban by the Moscow city hall.”

ITAR-TASS: “Two members of illegal armed groups were killed in a special operation in the village of Komsomolskoye in Dagestan’s Kizilyurt district. Two policemen were slightly wounded.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian prosecutors have demanded that jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev should be imprisoned for an additional six years if convicted in their second trial.”

RIA Novosti: “Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has adopted changes to the law on protests and rallies, in a move that many activists say is another step towards restricting freedom of assembly, Ekho Moskvy radio station said on Saturday.”

Russia Today: “As Sochi powers forward to bring it’s 2014 Olympics on track, the massive construction work throughout the city is also uncovering Russia’s ancient past and it is archaeologists, not athletes, who are racing ahead.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “Правительство РФ продлила запрет на экспорт зерна, введенный в начале августа в связи с засухой, до 1 июля 2011 года”.

Газета.ru: “В субботу днем трое активистов движения «Левый фронт» были задержаны милицией на Пушкинской площади в Москве”.

Лента.ru: “В Кизилюртовском районе Дагестана ликвидированы двое боевиков, сообщает 23 октября РИА Новости”.

Friday Russian News Items

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

IN ENGLISH
RFE/Radio Liberty: “The defamation trial of a Russian journalist whose savage beating left him permanently crippled has been postponed after he failed to appear in court, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”

Russia Info-Centre: “On October, 22nd from 4 to 7 pm Russian environmental organizations will be holding an eco rally in defense of Lake Baikal, Utrish Nature Reserve and Khimki Forest.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “В Москве на Болотной площади в пятницу пройдет митинг под лозунгом ‘За Химкинский лес – Байкал – Утриш’. Подобные акции экологи и правозащитники готовятся провести по всей России”.

Thursday Russian News Items

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

IN ENGLISH
RFE/Radio Liberty: “The Russian government has agreed a five-year privatization drive worth $60 billion that will see it sell stakes in firms such as the oil giant Rosneft.”

RIA Novosti: “The Moscow City Duma voted on Thursday to appoint Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s nominee Sergei Sobyanin as the new Moscow mayor. Thirty-two lawmakers, who are members of the the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, voted for Sobyanin. Two deputies voted against Sobyanin’s candidacy, and one was absent from the session.” Russia Today notes that “Prior to the secret ballot, Sobyanin addressed the legislators with a speech and answered their questions.”

Russia Today: “Ice Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has been reportedly in talks to become coach of SKA St. Petersburg of KHL.”

Russia Today: “A small church near the Moscow Kremlin features an icon depicting Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. A similar image was at the center of a major scandal back in 2008.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “Европейский суд по правам человека признал незаконным запрет гей-парадов в Москве. Лидер российского гей-движения Николай Алексеев назвал решение историческим”.

Газета.ru: “Сергей Собянин утвержден столичным парламентом мэром Москвы. За него в полном составе проголосовали единороссы — 32 человека, против высказались только два представителя КПРФ”.

Лента.ru: “Журналисты ‘Московского комсомольца’ обнаружили в одной из столичных церквей икону с изображением Иосифа Сталина. Об этом газета пишет в номере за 21 октября”.

Wednesday Russian News Items

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

IN ENGLISH
BBC: “Three militants who shook Chechnya by attacking its parliament on Tuesday arrived by taxi, Russian media report.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “President Barack Obama’s economic adviser says Washington is very encouraged by progress in talks on Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

RIA Novosti: “Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has demanded the extradition of ex-mixed martial arts pugilist Vyacheslav Datsik, who was arrested in Norway after escaping from a psychiatric ward in St. Petersburg.”

Russia Today: “Russian international Yury Zhirkov has scored Chelsea’s winning goal against his countrymen from Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Газета.ru: “В Кизилюртовском районе Дагестана сотрудники силовых ведомств ведут бой с боевиками, сообщил представитель пресс-службы управления МВД по Северо-Кавказскому федеральному округу”.

Лента.ru: “Боевики, прорвавшиеся 19 октября к зданию парламента Чечни, подъехали к КПП на такси. Этот факт, как сообщает ‘Коммерсант’, установили сотрудники Следственного комитета России”.

Эхо Москвы: “Массовый расстрел польских офицеров в Катыни стал одним из крупнейших политических мифов ХХ века. Об этом говорится в обращении КПРФ в адрес президента”.

Tuesday Russian News Items

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

IN ENGLISH
Bloomberg: “Unidentified gunmen killed at least three people during an attack on the Chechen capital Grozny, as rebels in the southern Russian region step up pressure against local authorities loyal to the Kremlin.”

ПО-РУССКИ
Би-би-си: “По меньшей мере три человека – двое милиционеров и завхоз – погибли в результате нападения боевиков на чеченский парламент в Грозном”.