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What the Papers Say, Mar. 13, 2013

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

Drivers Urged to Use Public Transportation as Snow Bombards Moscow

The Moscow Times
The snowstorm that paralyzed Europe days ago has made its way to Moscow, prompting the city's authorities to urge drivers to use public transportation to avoid accidents caused by black ice and low visibility.

Behind the Scenes at Pulkovo Airport

With St. Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport celebrating its 90th birthday this year, and talks underway about declaring the original terminal building a historic landmark, preparations for the opening of a new terminal at the end of this year continue apace.

Kremlin Rebuffs Report Questioning Duma Vote

Senior government officials on Wednesday rejected as pure fantasy a leaked report that cast doubt on the ruling United Russia party's victory in the 2011 State Duma elections, saying its author should seek psychiatric help.

Nabiullina Likely to Pursue Dovish Policy, Yield to Political Pressure

Asked to end speculation about the identity of the next chairman of Russia's Central Bank, President Vladimir Putin promised an "unexpected" candidate who would be well received.

'Crazy Abkhaz' Journalists Cover Syria Frontline

When a 57-year-old arbitration court judge from the Belgorod region was injured in Syria earlier this year, having been shot in the arm and face, observers asked the obvious question: What was he doing there?

Gudkovs Kicked Out of Just Russia

The Moscow Times
A Just Russia has kicked out Gennady Gudkov and his son Dmitry Gudkov from the party after both refused to quit their membership in the opposition's Coordination Council.

German Lawmakers Slam Would-Be EU Visa Accord

The Moscow Times
Two senior German lawmakers have lambasted Berlin's recent U-turn on a proposed European visa accord with Moscow.

Kickbacks Still 'Dwarf' Top Officials' Salaries, Despite Raises

The salaries of top state employees have doubled since December, but such remunerations remain minute compared with unlawful kickbacks to the echelons of power, an anti-corruption expert said Wednesday.

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