Russia 110908 Basic Political Developments

Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, September 8, 2011
08:41 08/09/2011

A Yak-42 plane crash, in which the first team of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club was killed, was on the front pages of Russian newspapers today. The crash also sealed Russia's position as the most dangerous place to travel by plane in 2011, with the country surpassing even the Democratic Republic of Congo in the number of aircraft-related fatalities.

A State Duma lawmaker, Robert Shlegel, wrote on Twitter that Russia's hockey federation head Vladislav Tretyak told him after the crash, with tears in his eyes, “Our national team also flies a Yak-42.” Tretyak said hours later that the team would stop using Yak-42s
(The Moscow Times)

The ill-fated plane was made in 1993 and was to re-apply for an air safety certificate in October. The plane spent only 6,233 hours in flight, almost three times less than the norm for such aircraft.


August and early September are prone to air accidents in Russia. The tendency has a logical explanation - during this period a peak in all transportation usually coincides with vacations for most experienced and best-prepared crews. Flights are often performed by reserve crews.

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

The arena of the international political forum in Yaroslavl, the Arena-2000 Lokomotiv - became the place of mourning for thousands of hockey fans. When forum events ended on Wednesday, mourners began to bring flowers and candles to the stadium’s walls

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


An international political forum opened on Wednesday in Yaroslavl. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is to visit the event on Thursday, and participants and the media expect the president to reveal his presidential election plans at the forum. Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, already confirmed his plans to leave his post and make a political comeback
(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an Islamist group which aims to unite ex-Soviet Central Asian republics into a single Islamic state, has recently stepped up its activity in the region. For the first time, the movement included Kazakhstan in its “agenda”

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

When Vladimir Putin carved the country into seven districts just after becoming president in May 2000, most commentators saw this as a necessary move to tighten the Kremlin's control over the regions. Eleven years later, the federal districts and the presidential envoys who head them are widely seen as powerless rubber-stamp institutions.

(The Moscow Times)


Russia showed the worst competitiveness results among the BRICS states, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual report. Though macroeconomic stability in the country is improving, there have been numerous setbacks in the country’s labor market, competitiveness and innovation potential.
(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia will have no budget deficit this year

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

Germany’s Constitutional Court rejected a lawsuit to pronounce illegal Germany’s aid to crisis-hit Eurozone countries

(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


RusAL begins talks on selling its stake in Norilsk Nickel
(Kommersant, Vedomosti)


Ukraine, seeking to renegotiate the terms of a 2009 natural gas supply deal with Moscow, plans to cut Russian fuel imports by two-thirds in the next three years, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Boyko said.
(The Moscow Times)

The Federal Antimonopoly Service announced plans to ban oil companies from controlling more than 35% of fueling stations in one region

(Kommersant, Vedomosti)


The string of failed spacecraft launches in recent months may be due to misuse of funds at the Federal Space Agency, a check by the Audit Chamber showed. The inquiry exposed "serious financial violations," the chamber's head, Sergei Stepashin, said
(The Moscow Times)


In late August, Samsung replaced Nokia as leader of Russia’s Smartphone market, with 38% and 34%, respectively.


Sberbank will be ready for a 7.6% stake sale by the end of the week, but the final decision depends on market conditions, three banking sources said.
(The Moscow Times)


The Russian Expo Arms (REA-2011) exhibition of arms, ammunition and military equipment will open in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil
(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


Chastened by the Kremlin and the international community after the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, the Justice Ministry has ordered prison doctors to check the health of prisoners being held in solitary confinement.
(The Moscow Times)

Moscow’s Tverskoi Court started hearings into last year’s clashes between police and a 6,000-strong crowd of nationalists and football hooligans following the death of Spartak Moscow supporter Yegor Sviridov.

(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti)

Journalist and blogger reporter Oleg Kashin, who was beaten up outside his Moscow home last year, has been awarded the same German press award that Anna Politkovskaya won in 2005, a year before her murder.

(The Moscow Times)

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 Court in Sardinia seals luxury villa of Russian tycoon Abramovich
06:05 08/09/2011
ROME, September 8 (RIA Novosti)

A court in Sardinia has issued an order to seal a luxury villa, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, in one of most the prestigious tourist areas Porto Cervo, local media said on Thursday.

The L'Unione Sarda newspaper said a court order was attached to the gates of the Cala di Volpe villa, saying that the building was sealed off due to an ongoing probe into possible construction violations.

"The order was signed by judge Marco Contu on a request from prosecutor Elisa Calligaris," L'Unione Sarda said.

The height of the building allegedly does not comply with national and local construction standards.

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