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12/04/2012

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Norilsk Feud Over as Abramovich Rides to the Rescue

Majority owners of Norilsk Nickel said Tuesday that they had agreed to settle a four-year feud over control of the nickel giant, with billionaire Roman Abramovich stepping in by acquiring 7.3 percent of the company.

What the Papers Say, Dec. 4, 2012

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

In Istanbul, Putin Slams Missile Plan

President Vladimir Putin used his first known trip in almost two months to boost economic ties with Turkey and slam a NATO plan to place surface-to-air missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Lavrov Yields to NATO Missile Plan in Turkey

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signaled on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to improve cooperation with NATO by offering a slightly softened stance on Syria.

G20 Agenda Includes Revising Voting Rules

A decision on reforming the International Monetary Fund's distribution of voting quotas among member states is likely to be made next year, as it's one of the key issues on the agenda of the G20 summit to be hosted by Russia, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Monday.

Opposition Council Seeks Purpose

"Who is in favor of fair courts? Seems like no one wants fair courts. How about early elections? Don't you want early elections?" former chess champion Garry Kasparov asked the opposition Coordination Council regarding the main slogan to be used for a Dec. 15 protest march.

Lavrov to Meet With NATO Foreign Ministers

The Moscow Times
NATO wants to re-energize its ties with Moscow during a meeting of the Western alliance's foreign ministers with their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday.

St. Petersburg VIP Island Could Get Protected Status

Senior officials and millionaires from St. Petersburg could be symbolically equated to endangered species if the local government pushes ahead with its proposal to designate their elite residential area on a centrally located island a nature reserve.

Construction to Take Place in Expanded Moscow, Not Center

The mayor's office has called off hundreds of contracts with developers 
for fear that their projects will overwhelm a city that is already in the 
middle of a "transportation collapse," Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said at the 
opening of the second Moscow Urban Forum.

Big Traffic Jam Has Officials Pointing Fingers

A 70-kilometer traffic jam that crippled a major highway over the weekend leads to top officials playing the blame game.

Year After First Protest, Future of Movement Uncertain

One year ago Wednesday, tens of thousands of protesters filled Chistiye Prudy, a leafy park in downtown Moscow, in a spontaneous protest against State Duma elections that they said were rigged.

Jail Revolt Prompts Call for Punishment

Staff at Kopeisk's Penal Colony No. 6, where hundreds of prisoners revolted for two days last month over inhumane treatment and extortion, should be "punished" for "gross legal violations," the region's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

Ship With Ukrainian Crew and Rescue Boat Sink Off Istanbul

The Associated Press
A cargo ship sank in a severe storm Tuesday in the Black Sea and a rescue boat searching for its missing crew of Ukrainians and a Russia hit nearby rocks and also went down. At least three people were killed and 10 others were missing in the two sinkings, officials said.

Obama Urges Russia to Work With U.S. to Extend Arms Pact

Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia on Tuesday to work with the United States to "update" a decades-old agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemicals weapons that is set to expire in mid-2013.

International Energy Agency Attention on the Increase

Maria van der Hoeven is raising the International Energy Agency's relations with Russia to a new level, showing what looks like more personal attention to the major energy producer.

Yekaterinburg Bids to Host 2020 World Expo

The Moscow Times
Russia has applied to host the Expo world exhibition in Yekaterinburg in 2020.

Kremlin: Defense Contract Officials Need to Get Along

The Moscow Tiimes
Officials working with defense contracts need to stop bickering and start working together, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday.

Top Prisons Official Criticizes Penal Reform

The Moscow Times
The deputy head of the Federal Prison Service said Tuesday that a large-scale prison reform carried out by his body was a failure and called for a new task force to be created to study problems in Russian penitentiaries.

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