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What the Papers Say, Feb. 20, 2013

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

Putin Calls for Universal History Textbooks

The Moscow Times
United Russia has prepared suggestions for a single history textbook for secondary schools in response to President Vladimir Putin's call for more consistency in textbooks, the party said Wednesday.

Putin Asked to Pardon Millions of Illegal Immigrants

The Moscow Times
The head of the Federation of Immigrants in Russia, Muhammad Amin Madzhumder, has requested that President Vladimir Putin grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants working in the country's shadow economy, Izvestia reported Wednesday.

United Russia Deputy Surrenders Seat Amid Scandal

The Moscow Times
A United Russia heavyweight accused of having undeclared property assets in the United States has voluntarily given up his seat in the State Duma.

Just Russia Lawmaker Stripped of Parliamentary Immunity

The Moscow Times
The State Duma on Tuesday voted in favor of depriving A Just Russia Deputy Oleg Mikheyev of his parliamentary immunity over accusations of large-scale fraud.

Photo Essay: The Pole of Cold

The Moscow Times
The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in the Sakha republic's Oimyakon valley, making it a candidate for the Northern Pole of Cold, or the place where the lowest air temperature has been registered north of the equator. According to the United Kingdom Met Office, a temperature of minus 67.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in the valley in 1993, the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank and even an airport runway, albeit one open only in the summer.

Armenia Looks to Russia for Support

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, re-elected in a landslide victory Monday, is expected to keep the promotion of Russian ties a priority during his second five-year term, as his country moves closer to clinching an Association Agreement with the European Union.
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