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    A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

    POLITICS

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) slammed Russia for its poor human rights record and crackdown on political freedoms, but the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed this criticism.

    (Vedomosti, Kommersant)

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took the floor in the Kremlin on Thursday to outline a wide range of goals for his Cabinet, in a move seen as a show of unwavering support for him from President Vladimir Putin.

    (The Moscow Times)

    US President Barack Obama is unlikely to come to Moscow before the G20 summit hosted by Russia this year.

    (Kommersant)

    ECONOMY & BUSINESS

    Russia's largest airline, Aeroflot, has been forced to cancel the first commercial flights by its new Boeing 777-300ER airliners scheduled for Friday due to a certification issue.

    (Kommersant)

    The Russian government must turn the country’s enormous investment potential into a real flow of foreign capital, President Vladimir Putin said.

    (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    RusHydro, Russia's largest hydropower company, wants to take over management of the country's water and wastewater services.

    (Kommersant)

    DEFENSE

    The United States may propose to Russia that both countries further reduce their nuclear weapons potential.

    (Vedomosti)

    Russia will pay special attention to the development of aircraft construction and shipbuilding, as well as the radio-electronic, space and nuclear industries in the next few years, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

    (Vedomosti)

    WORLD

    At least 14 people were killed and 80 injured in Mexico City after an explosion rocked a skyscraper complex housing the headquarters of the country’s oil monopoly Pemex.

    (Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    Syrian state TV reported that two people were killed and five injured in an Israeli airstrike on the Jamraya military research center northwest of the capital Damascus.

    (Kommersant)

    SOCIETY

    Russian lawmakers may consider giving traffic policemen powers to test pedestrians for sobriety.

    (Vedomosti)

    Amid the rising number of strikes nationwide, workers at metro-railcar producer Vagonmash appealed to the St. Petersburg human rights ombudsman to demand millions of rubles in back wages.

    (The Moscow Times)

    IT

    The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service intends to monitor social websites to determine the number of paid and free-of-charge users.

    (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    CULTURE

    Ballet may be high art onstage, but last month's acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet chief Sergei Filin has drawn attention to the fact that it's a dirty business behind the scenes.

    (The Moscow Times)

     

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    Boeing 777-300ER, G20, explosion, Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS), Human Rights Watch, RusHydro, Aeroflot, Sergei Filin, Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, Mexico City, Vladimir Putin
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