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12/13/2012

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Putin Targets Transparency of Offshore Companies

President Vladimir Putin expanded Russian vocabulary Wednesday, as he called for “deoffshorization” of the country's economy — a measure that he said would help repatriate capital channeled to offshore jurisdictions.

What the Papers Say, Dec. 12, 2012

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

Plea Bargain Upheld in Politkovskaya Case

A Moscow judge upheld a controversial plea bargain that could complicate efforts to determine who ordered the killing of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006.

Skolkovo Technology University Partners With Energy Firms

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology signed an agreement with four energy companies Wednesday, a move that could help speed up the modernization of Russia's power network and boost electricity exports to China.

Mexican Mennonites Mull Migration to Tatarstan

Reuters
More than a century after Mennonite farmers left Russia for North America in search of new lands and religious freedom, hundreds of their descendants in Mexico are thinking about completing the circle.

Human Rights NGO Receives $80,000 in Donations

The Moscow Times
The Moscow Helsinki Group, one of Russia's oldest human rights organizations, said Wednesday that it had received 2.5 million rubles ($81,300) in donations since launching an appeal for financial support late last month.

Putin Offers Little Political Reform

The government will continue to bolster the country's economic and military prowess as well as dole out benefits to citizens, but political change can only be incremental, President Vladimir Putin said in his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday.

Navalny Denies Plan for Communal Services Project With City

A high-ranking federal official said Wednesday that Moscow City Hall would cooperate with opposition leader Alexei Navalny's communal services project RosZhKKh, even while Navalny dismissed the announcement as "nonsense."

Azarov Faces Vote From Rowdy Ukrainian Parliament

Reuters
Protests by a re-energized opposition and procedural wrangling at the opening of a new parliament threatened to push back Wednesday's scheduled vote to endorse Mykola Azarov for a new term as Ukrainian prime minister.

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