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Duma Deputies Try for Foreign Property Ban

A group of deputies on Wednesday sent a bill to the State Duma that would ban officials from owning properties and opening bank accounts abroad in a measure to increase transparency among officials.

Tourism No Gentler on Baikal Than Industry

There are many ways to describe Lake Baikal: the world's oldest and deepest freshwater lake, the Pearl of Siberia, and a perennial headache for Russia's environmentalists.

Investigators Open New Inquiry Into Opposition-Minded Lawmaker

The Investigative Committee found itself in an awkward situation Wednesday when the man whose testimony it used to open an investigation into an opposition-minded State Duma deputy was himself jailed for embezzlement.

What the Papers Say, Aug. 1, 2012

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

Rosneft Announces $247M Q2 Loss

Rosneft reported an unexpected second-quarter net loss of 8 billion rubles ($247 million), blaming volatile oil and ruble markets and a high tax bill for a result that lagged behind analyst expectations for a 26.6-billion ruble profit.

Yandex Net Profit Up 64% in Q2

Internet search engine Yandex beat forecasts with a 64 percent rise in second-quarter adjusted net profit, boosted by higher online advertising revenues and lower costs.

New Rules Revolutionize Banking Sector

While European and U.S. financial institutions are grappling with the intricacies of implementing the Basel III global banking accords, a select group of Russian banks are on track to comply with the previous stage, Basel II, by 2014.

Putin Criticizes NATO Withdrawal From Afghanistan

NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan until they have finished their job to ensure stability, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, criticizing the planned withdrawal of most combat troops by 2014.

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