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What the Papers Say, Nov. 14, 2012

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers

Internet Censorship Faces Obstacles

As the number of websites banned or blocked under the new Internet law grows, the country’s media watchdog backpedaled Tuesday by acknowledging that censoring content was technically and legally difficult, and it promised to remove popular sites from the blacklist.

What the Papers Say, Nov. 13, 2012

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers

Physicist Convicted of Espionage Gets Parole

Valentin Danilov, a Siberian physicist jailed on charges of espionage and treason amid a spying frenzy that swept the country in President Vladimir Putin's first term, was granted parole Tuesday and could be freed next week.

Russian Railways Fined Over Freight Services

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has hit Russian Railways with a 2.2 billion ruble ($69 million) fine following complaints from businesses reliant on cargo services that the state monopoly created an artificial shortage of freight cars.

Kremlin Silent as Magnitsky Bill Heads to House

The Kremlin remained silent Wednesday after U.S. lawmakers moved to advance a bill to punish Russian officials for human rights violations.

Putin Backs Plan to Cut Pension Savings

President Vladimir Putin backed a plan Wednesday to reduce employers' payments into retirement savings and free up cash for the strained budget, a step that economists and fund managers warn will crimp capital markets.

Merkel Faces Balancing Act in Kremlin

Angela Merkel faces a seemingly impossible task in Moscow this Friday.

Putin Misses Business Group's Forum

At Wednesday's congress of a major business lobbying group, the president of the country pulled a no-show, the first deputy prime minister told the group to avoid politics and a State Duma deputy personally fielded business complaints.

Sberbank Eyes $800M Medical Investment

Sberbank might invest up to $800 million to build a medical center in Moscow as part of a $1.5 billion hub presented Wednesday to upgrade the country's health care sector.

Pilot Sentenced for Crashing Accident-Prone Plane

A Far Eastern court on Wednesday sentenced a former IrAero airline pilot to 1 1/2 years of travel restrictions for violating air safety rules when crash-landing a Soviet-made An-24 plane last year.

Treason Law Expanded Despite Putin's Pledge

Amendments expanding the legal definition of treason came into effect Wednesday despite a presidential pledge two days before that the clause would be reconsidered.

After Tying Up Family, Attackers Kill FSB Officer

The Moscow Times
A Federal Security Service officer was brutally slain in his home in Dagestan as his wife and children waited helplessly, tied up, in another room, local police said Wednesday.

City Sponsors Multilingual Business Magazine

Starting a small or medium-sized business in Russia is not for the faint of heart, but the Moscow government is funding a publication designed to provide information and share best practices with entrepreneurs considering taking the plunge.

Georgia Eyes Payback From Russia for WTO Deal

Georgia's new government wants Russia to rebuild trade ties and expects Moscow to reward Tbilisi for a deal that allowed its neighbor to join the World Trade Organization.

German Companies in Russia Fared Well in 2012, Survey Says

The Moscow Times
More than half of German firms in Russia saw income and profits rise "significantly" in the first six months of 2012, according to the results of a survey by the Russo-German Chamber of Commerce.

Three Die in Chlorine Spill at Metals Plant

The Moscow Times
Three people have died and nine have been hospitalized with poisoning after a chlorine spill at a metals plant in the Perm region.

Gorbachev: U.S. Needs Perestroika

The Moscow Times
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who spearheaded liberal reforms in the late 1980s, believes that the United States should follow his example.

Doctors Detained for Helping Conscripts Avoid Service

The Moscow Times
A group of doctors has been detained in the Kirov region on suspicion of running an under-the-counter business of issuing false medical notes that allowed young men to avoid military conscription, regional police said Wednesday.

Far East Construction Chief Fired Over Summit

The Moscow Times
Primorye region Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky on Wednesday fired the official in charge of construction ahead of September's APEC summit, citing delays and poor "financial discipline."

United Russia Deputy Apologizes Again

The Moscow Times
United Russia Deputy Ilya Kostunov said in an interview that "the dumbest [State Duma] deputy is smarter than the average citizen." He later apologized on Twitter, though.
A man feeding birds on Manezh Square on Tuesday morning. Rainy weather is forecast for the rest of the week.

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A man feeding birds on Manezh Square on Tuesday morning. Rainy weather is forecast for the rest of the week.

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