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Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, December 13, 2012

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A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today




Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first state-of-the-nation address after returning to the Kremlin earlier this year, delivered Wednesday, outlined a broad strategy for domestic development, offering no major policy changes and avoiding foreign policy issues almost entirely.

(Vedomosti, Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)


Russian lawmakers intend to draft and submit for the presidential signature a law in response to the US Magnitsky Act by the end of the year.





Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the government to introduce measures tightening control over spending by public officials and heads of public companies.



The Renault-Nissan alliance and Russian Technologies state corporation have signed a deal creating a joint venture to manage their holdings in Russia’s largest car maker AvtoVAZ.

(Vedomosti, Kommersant)


The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology signed an agreement with four energy companies on Wednesday, a move that could help speed up the modernization of Russia's power network and boost electricity exports to China.

(The Moscow Times)




The United States has decided formally to recognize the Syrian opposition rebel coalition that is fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.



More than a century after Mennonite farmers left Russia for North America in search of new lands and religious freedom, hundreds of their descendants in Mexico are thinking about completing the circle.

(The Moscow Times)




The Moscow Helsinki Group, one of Russia's oldest human rights organizations, said Wednesday that it had received 2.5 million rubles ($81,300) in donations since launching an appeal for financial support late last month.

(The Moscow Times)




The Russian Investigative Committee has evidence that Georgian politician Givi Targamadze was controlling Russian opposition leaders during mass protests in Moscow earlier in the year, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the committee, said.



Prosecutors on Wednesday requested a 12-year prison term for former police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov over his suspected role in the 2006 killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.



Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said crime level dropped by 5.6 percent in the first nine months of 2012 comparing with the same period last year.

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)




Tributes poured in Wednesday following the death in California of Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, who died in San Diego at the age of 92.



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