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Geography and Humility to Fuel Open Innovation Forum

Russia's straddling of Europe and Asia and its unpretentious approach to embracing all who strive to capitalize on new technology will make the Open Innovations Forum that starts Thursday in Moscow a success, the event's chief executive said.

Sochi Landfill Waste Threatens Drinking Water

The Associated Press
Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets, and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess.

What the Papers Say, Oct. 30, 2013

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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Corruption Checks Result in 200 Firings

Some 200 officials, including eight unidentified senior officials, have been fired for "loss of confidence" over information in their income declarations for 2012, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov told a meeting of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-corruption council Wednesday.

Skolkovo Warned Over Potential $4Bln in Misspending

Fraudulent schemes used during the creation of state-owned innovation hub Skolkovo have created the potential for misspending almost $4 billion in state funds, the Prosecutor General's Office said Wednesday.

Victims of Soviet Repressions Remembered

The Moscow Times
Events were held around the country Wednesday to commemorate the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, which is devoted to those affected by political persecution in the Soviet Union.

Moscow Paid Parking Cut Traffic by 25%, says Deputy Mayor

The number of cars entering the center has fallen by a quarter since paid parking was introduced four months ago within the Garden Ring, Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov said Wednesday.

Rosneft Asks to Buy State's 20% Stake in Port

Rosneft, the world's largest listed oil company by output, has asked President Vladimir Putin to sell it the state's 20 percent stake in Novorossiisk Commercial Sea Port, or NCSP, Reuters reported.

Kiev Sending Representatives to Moscow to Talk Gas Payments

Ukraine's energy minister acknowledged Wednesday that the country might have fallen behind in payments for monthly supplies of Russian gas but said he expected the matter to be settled with Moscow very soon.

Opposition Politician Leaves A Just Russia

Prominent opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov said Wednesday that he was quitting his political party, A Just Russia, but hoped to remain in the State Duma as an independent deputy.

Forbes Names Putin World's Most Powerful Person

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin sits atop the list of the world's most influential people according to the American business magazine Forbes.

Olympics President Says Toughest Stretch Ahead for Sochi

The Associated Press
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says Russian organizers of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi should brace themselves for the toughest preparation period ahead.

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