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Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, February 4, 2013

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A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today



US Vice President Joe Biden told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday that Washington and Moscow should continue cooperation in various spheres despite their differences on some issues.

(Vedomosti, Kommersant)


Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan gave Kommersant an interview about his country's foreign policy priorities.



The new leadership of the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan should be well balanced in its ethnic makeup, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

(Rossiskaya Gazeta)


The Italian Embassy held a ceremony Friday to recognize Vladimir Region Governor Nikolai Vinogradov for his contributions to the development of Russian-Italian ties and Italian investment projects in the region.

(The Moscow Times)




Russian owners of premium-class plastic bank cards may be at risk of owing the government 13 percent tax on services and goods.



The country's aviation watchdog revoked the license of Red Wings Airlines, controlled by billionaire Alexander Lebedev, weeks after one of its Russian-made jets crashed.

(The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Kommersant)




January’s stable prices on car fuel in Russia might see a hike in February.





Brazil’s Defense Ministry intends to discuss purchasing air defense systems from Russia during talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later this month.

(Vedomosti, Kommersant)




Egypt's key opposition bloc has backed calls for President Mohamed Morsi to resign amid continuing protests across the country after Friday’s clashes in the capital Cairo left one person dead and dozens injured.





Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Volgograd on Saturday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 200-day battle of Stalingrad.



Members of the Kremlin's human rights council believe that police, not activists, instigated violence at a May opposition protest, a council member said.

(The Moscow Times)




Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Saturday lamented the high volume of anti-church activity online and said that the Russian Orthodox Church should maintain a presence in social networks to ensure people have access to the truth.



Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that, though he supported a secular state in Russia, society should avoid a “vulgar and primitive interpretation” of secularism.

(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)




A Zenit-3SL rocket carrying an Intelsat-27 (IS-27) telecoms satellite crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after launch on Friday, following emergency engine shutdown.

(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)




One year before they kick off, the Sochi Winter Olympics have already bagged a world record: they will go down as the most expensive games in history.

(The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant)


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