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11/21/2012

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What the Papers Say, Nov. 21, 2012

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

Foreign Trade Offices Get New Impetus

Identifying a British Embassy vehicle in Moscow is an easy task for those who love history: They all have license plates with the number 001, signifying that Britain was the first foreign country to establish diplomatic relations with Soviet Russia.

Samutsevich Threatens Past Pussy Riot Lawyers

Yekaterina Samutsevich, the Pussy Riot rocker released from jail last month, is thinking about requesting that three of the band's former lawyers be stripped of their licenses.

NGOs Face 'Foreign Agent' Harassment

On the day that a much-criticized "foreign agent" law came into force, at least four nongovernmental organizations that spearheaded the opposition against it were harassed with graffiti and pickets Wednesday.

Rostelecom President's House Searched

Officers from the Interior Ministry’s investigative department searched the suburban home of Rostelecom’s president Alexander Provotorov and the residence of Marshall Capital founder Konstantin Malofeyev on Tuesday.

Ambitious Wind Farm Plan Unveiled

A scheme to build massive wind farms in Russia's Arctic northwest and sell the resulting electricity to Europe could kick-start the country's renewable energy industry.

Report: Aeroflot Costs Unsuitable for Budget Carrier

The Moscow Times
Aeroflot's cost structures are not suitable for creating a budget airline, according to a recent analysis by McKinsey & Company consulting company, Vedomosti reported.

FBI Releases Stalin's Daughter Files

The Associated Press
Newly declassified documents show the FBI kept close tabs on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's only daughter after her high-profile defection to the United States in 1967, gathering details from informants about how her arrival was affecting international relations.

Russia's Miss Earth Contestant Speaks Her Mind

Russia's delegate to the Miss Earth beauty pageant this week made international waves with an essay eviscerating her home country as a "beggar" and a "sinking ship" being bled dry by the greed of a "chosen few."

YouTube Pages 'Mistakenly' Put on Blacklist

In an incident that led to confusion and anger on the Russian-speaking Internet, a handful of YouTube webpages appeared on the government's Internet blacklist on Wednesday — only for officials to say YouTube as a whole wouldn't be affected and the webpages had been listed partly by mistake.

NGOs Preparing Bills to Address Domestic Violence

A package of bills that would protect women, children and the elderly from domestic violence is being drafted, activists said at a news conference Wednesday.

Investigators: Razvozzhayev Stole 500 Fur Hats

Opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, jailed after a national television show accused him of plotting to destabilize Russia, was charged on Wednesday with robbing a Siberian fur trader of 500 hats and a videocamera 15 years ago.

What the U.S. Oil Revolution Means for Russia

One reason investors are wary of Russia is rosy oil price predictions. Historically, long-term oil predictions have almost always been wrong.

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