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Hollande and Putin Warm Relations

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hosted his French counterpart Francois Hollande for four-hour-long talks in the Kremlin, which diplomats said were direct and productive.

Van Cliburn, Pianist and Cold War Hero, Dies at 78

The Associated Press
For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 28, 2013

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

U.S. Lawmaker Says Russia Denied Him Visa

A senior U.S. lawmaker says he has been denied a Russian visa as a result of his vocal backing of the U.S. Magnitsky Act, which allows Washington to punish Russians implicated in human rights violations with a visa ban and asset freezes.

Rostelecom Gains on Malofeyev Stake Sale to Rotenberg

The shares in Rostelecom gained more than 2 percent at the beginning of Friday trading outperforming the benchmark MICEX index on the news that billionaire Arkady Rotenberg bought 10.7 percent of the state-controlled telecommunications firm.

Putin Submits Election Law Condemned by Opponents

While the bill is touted as bolstering democracy, opponents contend that it seeks to gain State Duma seats for the ruling party.

No Trucks Spotted on Special Lots Following Ban

The Moscow Times
The ban on heavy trucks on the Moscow Ring Road during the day has not prompted truck drivers to use the special parking lots set up by city authorities for them to wait at, a municipal official said Friday.

Court Extends Detention of 3 Bolotnaya Protesters

The Moscow Times
A Moscow court extended the pre-trial detention term for three activists detained at the infamous May 6 riots on Bolotnaya Ploshchad, with one of them to remain in detention until late May and the other two until early June, Interfax reported.

Magnitsky List to Be Published in March, U.S. Official Says

The Moscow Times
The blacklist of Russian officials to be punished under the U.S. Magnitsky Act will be published this month, a U.S. Embassy official was quoted as saying.

Russia Assumes UN Security Council Presidency

The Moscow Times
Russia took over as UN Security Council president for the month of March on Friday, and the top priority during its term will be resolving the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on its official website. 

2 Separate Rallies to Disrupt Moscow Traffic

The Moscow Times
Central Moscow will be partly shut down on Saturday for two separate rallies set to take place — both of which expect 5,000 people to attend. 

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