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Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, October 19, 2012

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A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today


President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for holding a spring congress of his People's Front movement to create a non-partisan national public organization with broad public support, rather than a political party

(Vedomosti, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, whom investigators suspect of plotting mass riots across Russia, rallied supporters Thursday as a Moscow court authorized his aide's arrest

(The Moscow Times)



The Russian Finance Ministry spoke against generous tax preferences in the country’s Far East


Participants of the European Union summit agreed on the gradual formation of a banking union in 2013

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has begun inspection in Belarus

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta)



A possible deal by state-controlled oil giant Rosneft to buy half or all of the TNK-BP joint venture between British oil giant BP and four Russian billionaire shareholders poses no threat to market competition




The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team, Lt. Col. Valery Morozov, has been fired from the Air Force for taking bribes




Moscow prepares for the use of helicopters to transport high-ranking state officials in order to relieve the situation with permanent traffic jams in the Russian capital

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

At midnight, the halls of the independent Dozhd television station at the former Red October chocolate factory were dark and empty, with only the "on air" sign lit up in red indicating that the channel still had something left to broadcast

(The Moscow Times)

The Cabinet of Ministers’ unanimous approval Thursday of a controversial anti-smoking bill was the latest salvo in the debate over how to tackle Russia’s tobacco addiction.

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

While some Russians express patriotism by screaming in the stands at Luzhniki Stadium, Russian clothing designers, who are increasingly adopting domestic manufacturing, find that the sound of high heels clicking down a runway is better proof of their love for the motherland

(The Moscow Times)



A district court in Moscow authorized the arrest of an aide to prominent opposition figure Sergei Udaltsov on accusations of planning an anti-Kremlin coup


Moscow authorities have questioned Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh on suspicion of misappropriating more than $3.5 million from a now-defunct opposition party and giving the money to a company founded by protest leader Alexei Navalny

(The Moscow Times)

Yekaterina Samutsevich, a member of the anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot, has lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights




Russia must take action to improve the environment in polluted areas, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting



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