Russia 101118 Basic Political Developments



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Medvedev signs law changing rules of shaping upper house of parliament


http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=202858

MOSCOW. Nov 18 (Interfax) - President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law amending the rules of confirming nominations for the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament.

"A federal law has been signed, which amends Article 2 of the law introducing changes in individual regulatory acts, connected with a new procedure of shaping the Federal Assembly's Federation Council," the Kremlin press service announced.

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Personnel changes in the Armed Forces

http://kremlin.ru/acts/9538



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November 18, 2010, 10:00
Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on appointment, dismissal and dismissal from military service, members of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. "

Full text of the Decree:


1. Appoint Major-General Ivan Aleksandrovich Buvaltsev Assistant Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to manage the troops, freeing him from the post of chief of staff - first deputy commander of the Leningrad military district.


2. Dismissed:

Anistratenko Colonel Alexander Nikolaevich, Chief of Staff of weapons - first deputy chief of armaments of the Moscow Military District;
Arzimanov Colonel Alexander, the chief weapons - Deputy Commander of 58 Army's armament;
Colonel Eremin Gleb Vladimirovich, Head-Defense Forces of the Moscow Military District;
Colonel Oleg Knyazev, Chief of Staff, Rear - first deputy chief of the rear of the Moscow Military District;
Colonel Alexander N. Nesterenko, chief engineer troops of the Siberian military district;
Col. Boris A. Ovsyannikov, head of the rocket and artillery of the Moscow Military District;
Colonel Paul Polikarpovich Ovchinnikov, head of logistics - deputy commander of airborne troops in the rear.

3. Release from his post and dismissed from military service:


Major-General Vadim Odrinsko, deputy commander of the North Caucasus Military District;
Major-General TamahinViktor Nikolaevich, Chief of the troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection of the Volga-Urals Military District.

4. To dismiss from military service, Lt. Gen. Antonov Sergei Ivanovich.


November 18, 2010, 10:00

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Communists call for banning relatives from working in govt

http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=15691439&PageNum=0

18.11.2010, 01.25

MOSCOW, November 18 (Itar-Tass) - The Communists at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament have brought forward a bill banning relatives from working in the government.

"The Russian government is in the forefront of combating corruption. It should not be formed upon the principle of kinship, nepotism, personal loyalty or belonging to same home area," the author of the initiative, deputy chairman of the committee on constitutional legislation Viktor Ilyukhin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

In his opinion, professionalism, honesty and impartiality must be the main criteria for Cabinet ministers.

Ilyukhin called the proposed measure "pre-emptive." The bill is foremost aimed at ensuring unbiased decisions on the issues of the state," he said.

Russia $4.5 Bln World Cup Bid Is Most Expensive, Kommersant Says


http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ag5JCiXIboYo

By Maria Kolesnikova

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Russia’s bid for soccer’s 2018 World Cup championship is the most expensive, with estimated costs of $4.5 billion, Kommersant reported, citing the Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Russia is competing to host the tournament with the U.K. and joint bids from Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maria Kolesnikova at mkolesnikova@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brad Cook at bcook7@bloomberg.net



Last Updated: November 18, 2010 00:52 EST

1 billion RUB misused in SMEs subsidies


http://barentsnova.com/node/680
Nov 18 2010

Federal Service on Financial Control registered violations in subsidizing SMEs for 918 million RUB.


 
The total amount of 18,696 bln RUB allocated for SMEs support in Russia in 2009 did not reach businesses to its full extent. 918 million RUB were used inefficiently, reports the Federal Service (Rosfinnadzor). So far, 96,8% of all the subsidies have been checked.

The top violator of the funds distribution is Moscow (648 mln RUB); then goes Krasnodarsky Kray (120 mln RUB), and Rostov region (150 mln RUB). Murmansk would not be on the list of violators but for some minor mistakes in its financial reports that were corrected later.

Still, further investigations of Rosfinnadzor did not keep Murmansk untouched. Murmansk is found on another list that registers violations in distribution of funds aimed to help financially-vulnerable people. The funds were supposed to partially cover expenditures for communal services (rent, water, electricity, etc). The results of the investigation put Murmansk on top three of the regions that failed to use the funds properly. The region misused 51,4% of the funds received in 2009.


Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, November 18, 2010


http://en.rian.ru/papers/20101118/161386216.html

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POLITICS

NATO will adopt a new doctrine at a summit in Lisbon on November 19-20. Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin gives a quick perspective on the future of Russia-NATO relations. (Izvestia)

Russian-U.S. strategic arms reduction treaty will most likely not be ratified by the U.S. this year after an influential Republican senator expressed on Wednesday sharp criticism of the document. The reset of Russian-U.S. relations could be at stake. (Kommersant, Vremya Novostei)

ECONOMY


Russia and Slovenia agreed on Wednesday to increase bilateral trade, to continue partnership in South Stream gas project and speed up dialogue with the European Union on free travel for Russian citizens within the EU. (Izvestia)

The Russian government has adopted an unprecedented privatization program until 2013. The state will sell its share in a number of Russian companies. Some offers could be very attractive for investors. (Izvestia, Vedomosti)

Russia hopes to construct up to 140 million sq. meters of housing annually by 2020. (Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

COMPANIES

Aeroflot will not move its hub from Sheremetyevo to Domodedovo airport due to high financial costs of the transfer - about $2 billion. (Vedomosti)

Russian energy giant Gazprom could lose up to $4.5 billion in profits during 2010-2012 due to concessions to European clients. (Vedomosti)

ENVIRONMENT

Russian Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev unexpectedly supported ecology activists by saying that the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill should be closed because its operation destroys the environment around Lake Baikal (Vremya Novostei)

SOCIETY

A rare pink diamond has been sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for a record $46.2 million. (Izvestia)



DEFENSE

Ukraine has stopped financing of a contract with Russia on joint development and production of the An-70 transport plane. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

CRIME

Russian prosecutors suffered a painful defeat on Wednesday when a jury panel acquitted all defendants in Russia’s mobile phone retail Euroset trial. (Kommersant)



Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who remains in hospital after being severely beaten by unidentified assailants, gave a thorough description of one of the attackers in his first evidence account to investigators on Wednesday.(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

SPORTS


FIFA said on Wednesday that Russia pledged to spend $4.5 billion on preparing and hosting the World Soccer Cup in 2018. Russia promises to build 13 new stadiums and improve the infrastructure in 12 cities in its bid. (Kommersant)

Uninspired attack and faulty defense put Russia behind Belgium 0-2 in a football friendly on Wednesday. (Vremya Novostei)


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