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    Russian Press at a Glance, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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    A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today


    Russian President Vladimir Putin will this year avoid a live call-in show that has been held annually for the past 10 years, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The president may hold a large-scale press conference instead in late November.


    The Georgian parliament will establish a special commission to investigate “the crimes of the previous regime.” The leaders of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition that won the recent parliamentary elections in the country are forming an investigative commission. President Mikheil Saakashvili and his entourage may be defendants.



    Just two days before a Moscow-imposed ultimatum, some European airlines do not have Russian visas for their crews, while those who obtained them complained that the procedure is cumbersome and expensive.

    (The Moscow Times)

    Logistics companies say imports of fashion goods and electronics from Asia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad are on the rise as the route becomes more alluring. One reason is the eastward expansion of the country's major retail chains over the past few years, an executive for Finnish company Itella Logistics said.

    (The Moscow Times)


    A deputy from the ruling United Russia party has asked the CEO of Channel One to fire anchor Vladimir Pozner after the latter compared the actions of the Russian Investigative Committee regarding opposition figure Leonid Razvozzhayev with KGB methods.


    President Vladimir Putin has fired four generals from the Interior Ministry’s central staff and reshuffled a number of others in the ministry.


    More than 500 people gathered on downtown Moscow's New Pushkin Square on the official Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions to protest what presenters dubbed the continuation of political repression in the country.

    (The Moscow Times)

    The Health Ministry extends its modernization programs into 2013. The healthcare system reform initially slated for 2011-2012, worth 630 billion rubles ($20.1 billion), will continue next year. The ministry needs more time to introduce new standards and technology, raise doctors' wages and repair hospitals. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova has asked for an additional 50 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) for 2013.



    Moscow’s authorities propose that cellular communications operators build third and fourth generation networks in the subway. Officials say the operators may get discounts for underground infrastructure in exchange for free WiFi for the metro and its passengers.


    Internet giant Mail.Ru announced it is ramping up its overseas business, a move that comes as it tries to keep pace with competitors. The company, which already has offices in Russia, Latvia, Germany and Israel, is now pushing farther afield in what it called a logical expansion after conquering the domestic market.

    (The Moscow Times, Vedomosti)

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