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    Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, August 11, 2011

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    A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

    POLITICS

    The Russian government on Wednesday offered the first glimpse of a retaliatory blacklist compiled in response to Washington's decision to slap travel restrictions on Russian officials implicated in the 2009 prison death of Hermitage lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that it has drawn up a list of U.S. officials who might be banned, but stressed that no final decision has been made
    (The Moscow Times)

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych in Sochi. Sources in Kiev said ahead of the meeting that the ongoing trial of the country’s ex-prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will be on the agenda
    (The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti)

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree which obliges several ministries and departments to provide internet users with regular information about their activities, including anti-corruption measures and tax declarations of top officials and their family members
    (Kommersant, Vedomosti, Izvestia)

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin traveled to the Taman Peninsula on Wednesday to visit an archeological field camp near the submerged part of the ancient Greek city of Phanagoria
    (Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

    Shelling was again reported on the border between North and South Korea
    (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

    OIL & GAS

    LUKoil's Bulgarian refinery can continue operating until a final ruling is given on a tax dispute with the customs office, a top Bulgarian court ruled
    (The Moscow Times)

    TELECOMS & IT

    Glonass has secured Nokia’s backing for its satellite navigation system in a major step toward securing the second spot behind the U.S.-backed GPS in global positioning technology.
    (The Moscow Times)

    Apple Inc. has officially become the world's most valuable company, replacing Exxon-Mobil, which had held that title for the past five years
    (Vedomosti, Izvestia)

    BANKING & FINANCE

    Russia’s largest savings bank, Sberbank, hopes to increase the 31.8% market share of its overall credit portfolio by using its online banking service to offer preapproved loans to its regular clients starting in September, the lender said.
    (The Moscow Times)

    The gap between the black market and official rates for the Belarusian ruble has doubled this month, pointing to further price and economic headaches for President Alexander Lukashenko.
    (The Moscow Times)

    DEFENSE

    As Russia prepares to mark 11 years since the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine, deputy general director of Russia's nuclear corporation Rosatom Ivan Kamenskikh, said Russia must decide by 2013 what to do with other sunken nuclear subs in order to avoid potential radioactive pollution of the area
    (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    China's first aircraft carrier, a refurbished former Soviet vessel, made its maiden voyage on Wednesday, raising concerns about the country's growing military strength
    (The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    SOCIETY

    Debris from a 48-year-old cargo plane that disappeared from radar screens in the Magadan region has been found strewn across five kilometers of hilly taiga in the area, emergency officials said
    (The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti)

    The president of a prestigious medical school in Moscow was sacked and may face criminal charges after his school enrolled hundreds of "ghost applicants" instead of real students this year.
    (The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Izvestia)

    A Moscow prosecutor was hospitalized along with five other people after he drove his BMW 525 sedan through a trolleybus stop and into a row of parked cars in the city center early Wednesday, the Investigative Committee said
    (The Moscow Times, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

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