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    Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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    A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

    POLITICS

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the modernization commission that state corporations must substantially increase investment in scientific research and development projects

    (Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed General Director of the Sukhoi and MiG aircraft companies Mikhail Pogosyan as head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)

    (Kommersant)

    The country's top traffic police officer was promoted to oversee transportation security nationwide after last week's Domodedovo bombing. He will be in charge of transportation security and must draft a detailed plan of reforms within the next few weeks

    (The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

    Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov urged Western countries to detain terrorist ringleaders hiding out in Europe instead of their little known relatives. His call came in the wake of Monday's dramatic announcement that Ruslan Umarov, a brother of Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov, is in an Italian detention center for illegal immigrants in the city of Gradisca

    (Kommersant, The Moscow Times)

    ECONOMY & BUSINESS

    Buying steel is like shopping for food, said Igor Chepenko, chief executive of rolled steel trader Brok-Invest-Service. You make your selection, take it home and hopefully make something nice out of it. It's just that your shopping bag is an eight-ton truck

    (The Moscow Times)

    Energy companies LUKoil and Novatek are flying their employees out of strife-torn Egypt, but say the evacuations won't affect operations in the country and that "all work will continue."

    (The Moscow Times)

    According to preliminary estimates from the Russian State Statistics Committee, the economy in Russia grew by four percent in 2010, year-on-year

    (Vedomosti)

    WORLD

    Kazakhstan will hold presidential elections earlier than scheduled, the country's long-serving president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, said

    (Kommersant, the Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

    Yevgeny Primakov, head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), speaks in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta about the current situation in Egypt

    (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    SOCIETY

    Galvanized by popular uprisings against authoritarian leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, hundreds of liberal opposition activists chanted for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ouster at a sanctioned rally that ended peacefully Monday

    (The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

    MOSCOW

    Judging by his words, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has not failed to impress during his first 100 days in office, promising to solve the city's traffic problems and transform the chaotic megalopolis into a modern financial center

    (The Moscow Times)

    SPORTS

    Sergei Gaplikov has been appointed the head of the state corporation Olympstroy replacing Teimuraz Bolloyev

    (Kommersant)

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