Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, November 18, 2010

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A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

POLITICS

NATO will adopt a new doctrine at a summit in Lisbon on November 19-20. Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin gives a quick perspective on the future of Russia-NATO relations. (Izvestia)

Russian-U.S. strategic arms reduction treaty will most likely not be ratified by the U.S. this year after an influential Republican senator expressed on Wednesday sharp criticism of the document. The reset of Russian-U.S. relations could be at stake. (Kommersant, Vremya Novostei)

 

ECONOMY

Russia and Slovenia agreed on Wednesday to increase bilateral trade, to continue partnership in South Stream gas project and speed up dialogue with the European Union on free travel for Russian citizens within the EU. (Izvestia)

The Russian government has adopted an unprecedented privatization program until 2013. The state will sell its share in a number of Russian companies. Some offers could be very attractive for investors. (Izvestia, Vedomosti)

Russia hopes to construct up to 140 million sq. meters of housing annually by 2020. (Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

COMPANIES

Aeroflot will not move its hub from Sheremetyevo to Domodedovo airport due to high financial costs of the transfer - about $2 billion. (Vedomosti)

Russian energy giant Gazprom could lose up to $4.5 billion in profits during 2010-2012 due to concessions to European clients. (Vedomosti)

ENVIRONMENT

Russian Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev unexpectedly supported ecology activists by saying that the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill should be closed because its operation destroys the environment around Lake Baikal (Vremya Novostei)

SOCIETY

A rare pink diamond has been sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for a record $46.2 million. (Izvestia)

DEFENSE

Ukraine has stopped financing of a contract with Russia on joint development and production of the An-70 transport plane. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

CRIME

Russian prosecutors suffered a painful defeat on Wednesday when a jury panel acquitted all defendants in Russia’s mobile phone retail Euroset trial. (Kommersant)

Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who remains in hospital after being severely beaten by unidentified assailants, gave a thorough description of one of the attackers in his first evidence account to investigators on Wednesday.(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

SPORTS

FIFA said on Wednesday that Russia pledged to spend $4.5 billion on preparing and hosting the World Soccer Cup in 2018. Russia promises to build 13 new stadiums and improve the infrastructure in 12 cities in its bid. (Kommersant)

Uninspired attack and faulty defense put Russia behind Belgium 0-2 in a football friendly on Wednesday. (Vremya Novostei)

 

For more details on all the news in Russia today, visit our website at www.rian.ru.

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