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Superjet 100 Makes Emergency Landing at Sheremetyevo

The Moscow Times
A Superjet 100 passenger plane completed an emergency landing on Thursday at Sheremetyevo Airport due to a problem with landing gear, a news report said.

Rosneft Buys Into Exxon's U.S. Offshore Assets

Expanding its global reach, Rosneft signed a deal to buy a 30 percent interest in 20 deepwater exploration blocks held by ExxonMobil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tolokonnikova Asks for Release on Parole

Jailed Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year term at a penal colony in Mordovia, has asked for an early release on parole, Kommersant reported Thursday.

Just Russia Deputy Faces Fraud Charges

The Moscow Times
Investigators have opened a criminal case against State Duma deputy Oleg Mikheyev on charges of attempted fraud and obstructing justice with the use of his official position, the Investigative Committee said in a statement on its official website Thursday.

Bilalov Brothers Leave Russia

The Moscow Times
Businessman and former Olympic Committee deputy president Akhmed Bilalov, whom President Vladimir Putin publicly criticized and sacked in February, has left the country.

VTB Insurance Wins $826M Contract With Interior Ministry

The Moscow Times
VTB Insurance has won a contract worth 24.8 billion rubles ($826 million) to provide compulsory health and life insurance to the Interior Ministry, including internal troops and other personnel, the subsidiary of the state lender said in a statement.

Government Approves Rules for Medical Care for Foreigners

The Moscow Times
The government has approved new rules for providing medical care to foreigners, including free emergency health care, a decree published Wednesday said.

Gorbachev Denounces Putin on Rights and Corruption

The Moscow Times
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the government of endangering citizens' rights and President Vladimir Putin's inner circle of being full of "thieves and corrupt officials."

Actor Andrei Panin Found Dead With Head Injury

The Moscow Times
Famous Russian actor Andrei Panin, aged 50, was found dead at his apartment on Thursday, a news report said.

Russia Drops 4 Rungs for Tourism Competitiveness

The Moscow Times
Russia is about as attractive to tourists as Saudi Arabia according to the results of a new report by the World Economic Forum released on Thursday.

Investigators Seize Vasilyeva's Real Estate in Oboronservis Case

The Moscow Times
Investigators working on the Oboronservis corruption case have seized the real estate of former Defense Ministry employee Yevgenia Vasilyeva, the Investigative Committee's official spokesman Vladimir Markin announced Thursday.

Rescuers Save 600-Kilogram Moose Trapped in Frozen Lake (Video)

The Moscow Times
Three helicopter pilots in Russia's Khanty-Mansi autonomous district came to the rescue of a moose trapped in a frozen lake by tugging the 600-kilogram animal out using ropes and pulleys.

Check Opened Into Meteor Repair Spending

The Moscow Times
Anti-corruption police in the Chelyabinsk region have opened a check into state spending to repair damage caused by the 10,000-ton meteor that spectacularly exploded over the region last month.

Bolshoi Acid Attack Cost $1.6K

The Moscow Times
The acid attack that sidelined the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director in January cost its suspected mastermind a mere 50,000 rubles ($1,600), a police spokesperson told Interfax on Thursday.

What the Papers Say, Mar. 7, 2013

BBC Monitoring
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