The Kremlin has most likely folded its most scandalous youth project as Nashi (Ours) youth group has reportedly closed its Moscow office and its former activists attempt to deny their ties with the movement.
The purge of lawmakers openly siding with opposition from the Russian parliament aims at keeping the other State Duma lawmakers “on a short leash,” experts believe.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Russia’s Central Bank and Finance Ministry are ready to increase the insured amount of individual savings accounts from 700,000 rubles ($22,400) to 1 mln rubles ($32,000). Russia’s major lending bank, Sberbank, opposes the increase.
Russia’s RusHydro hydropower generator will manage two privatized hydropower plants in Nigeria. The main task of the company as subcontractor in the projects is to bring the plants to full capacity.
French oil and gas giant Total believes offshore oil drilling in the Arctic is too dangerous to justify, becoming the first oil firm to endorse environmentalists’ warnings about the practice.
At least 95 percent of Russians must have broadband access to the internet by 2015. Russian long-distance operator Rostelecom will most likely take the technical and financial burden of implementing this formidable task.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has recently urged Arab countries to intervene in Syria to stop bloodshed in the country caught in the grip of a deep political crisis. Experts doubt that the task would be impossible to accomplish if the Arab countries face it alone – they would most certainly need support of the United States and Turkey.
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney invested in Gazprom and Yandex through his equity fund, triggering criticism from opponents for a presumed lack of patriotism and inconsistency between his rhetoric and his actions.
(The Moscow Times)
Russian-made fighter jets promised to Belarus are 18 Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter aircraft rejected by India and returned to Russia in 2003. The aircraft have been kept for a decade at an aircraft repair plant in Belarus.
Eighty actors and members of film crew, who took part in filming the anti-Islam movie Innocence of Muslims, became infamous and hated around the world in a split of a second. Who are they and why they agreed to take part in this scandalous project – an interview.
Over 80 percent of Russians support tougher punishment for insulting religious beliefs in public or vandalizing church property. The Russian parliament is considering draft legislation defining such actions as a crime rather than an administrative violation.
(Kommersant, Moscow News, Izvestia)
Russians on average prefer to buy second–hand cars and not only because they are cheaper.
Four British football clubs – Liverpool, Arsenal and two Manchester rivals - have joined the hunt for Zenit midfielder Igor Denisov, who will most likely end up in the English Premier League after a bitter spat over wages with his Russian club.