Stands-in were appointed for Alexei Kudrin, who was dismissed as finance minister earlier this week over criticism of President Dmitry Medvedev. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov will oversee financial issues in the Russian cabinet while Anton Siluanov will become acting finance minister. Meanwhile, the former minister said his resignation was directly linked to the weekend announcement by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev that they would swap jobs next year.
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Vedomosti, Izvestia)
The UN Security Council will vote on Palestinian Authority’s UN membership, and the U.S. is likely to use its right to veto. However, the Palestinian bid is likely to be approved by the UN General Assembly.
(Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti)
Supporters of Libya’s Transitional National Council have launched a new offensive on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte. Kommersant analyzes reasons why after seizing control over the capital, Libyan rebels still fail to crush pro-Gaddafi forces completely.
The European Parliament approved a resolution calling on member states to simplify visa regime for citizens of BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China). The document may give political support to the ongoing talks between Moscow and Brussels on the issue
The trial of Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko resumed after a two-week pause
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
OIL & GAS
European Commission officials have searched the offices of gas companies in ten European states, including subsidiaries of Russian gas giant Gazprom
BP presented its own gas pipeline project, a rival both to EU’s Nabucco and Russia’s South Stream
An ambitious ten-year airport development plan with a third runway, hotels and upgraded rail and road links could see the rise of a de facto new city on Moscow’s southern outskirts, Domodedovo Group managers said
(The Moscow Times, Moskovskie Novosti, Izvestia)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who visited the Chebarkul training ground in the Urals, reiterated that Russia had no plans to cut its military spending
(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
The Defense Ministry said that it has suspended purchases of the legendary Kalashnikov AK-74 rifle and is expecting the manufacturer, Izhevsk machinery plant, to present it with a new model of the weapon.
(The Moscow Times, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova reported a record birthrate figure last month. She said women gave birth to 173,200 babies in August, or more than in any other month since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991
(The Moscow Times)
A large-scale check of cars with flashing blue lights, which are often used by businessmen and officials to bypass traffic rules, was held in Moscow on Tuesday. It showed that the signals were installed illegally on most cars. The authorities admit the abuse of blue lights poses a serious threat to road safety. The “Blue Buckets” movement, whose members attach blue buckets to the roofs of their cars in imitation of the lights, said the effect of the raid is unlikely to last even for two weeks.
(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
UEFA President Michel Platini expressed confidence that Ukraine will be ready to host next year's European Championship, and that only "some little problems" remain to be sorted out.
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant)
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