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    Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, July 15, 2011

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    A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

    POLITICS

    Russian opposition party Parnas will appeal the Justice Ministry's refusal to register it.

    (Kommersant)

    Two fatal plane crashes within weeks have prompted President Dmitry Medvedev to call for the grounding of the Soviet-made aircraft involved in the accidents.

    (Vedomosti)

    ECONOMY & BUSINESS

    The White House's attempts to raise the U.S. state debt limit have led to a serious conflict between President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress. Obama demanded that an agreement be reached by Friday.

    (Kommersant)

    Bank of Moscow stock soared 11% on MICEX after a long decline. Market participants say the increase was due to insider information.

    (Kommersant)

    Russian energy giant Gazprom has signed a memorandum with Germany's key energy market player RWE. They will start consultations on a joint venture, the companies said.

    (Vedomosti)

    Transportation Ministry experts and officials proposed making motorists pay all expenditures on road construction and maintenance by increasing gasoline prices.

    (Vedomosti)

    SOCIETY

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Kazan on the cruise ship tragedy that claimed 113 lives. New laws are expected to widen the powers of transport supervisory bodies.

    (Kommersant)

    The Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered that a criminal case be reopened into last year's road accident involving LUKoil vice president Anatoly Barkov that resulted in two deaths.

    (Kommersant, Moskovskiye Novosti)

    Moscow's horrendous traffic jams can largely be blamed on illegally blocked roads, a lack of connecting routes and failure to make use of potential connecting routes under bridges and across other unused land, according to a report released Thursday.

    (Moscow Times)

    Belarusian police beat up and arrested dozens of anti-government protesters during a banned Minsk rally calling for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko.

    (Moscow Times)

    A police patrol detained a Russian Wahhabi on Thursday, who threw a grenade at police officers.

    (Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovskiye Novosti)

    IT

    A South Korean legal expert received $1,000 from Apple as compensation for iPhone's spying functions. He is preparing a collective lawsuit against the company.

    (Vedomosti)

    For more details on all the news in Russia today, visit our website at http://en.rian.ru.

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