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Why Navalny Will Most Likely Be Convicted

The odds are stacked against Navalny no matter whether the case is politically motivated. The fact is only 0.01 percent of defendants are acquitted.

Dvorkovich Upbeat on His, and Russia's, Future

In an attempt to squash media reports and assure investors, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Tuesday that he had no plans to leave government and intended to help guide the country's economic course at least until the next presidential election in 2018.

Booted U.S. Lawyer Backed Magnitsky

The lack of an official explanation for the abrupt expulsion from Russia of U.S. lawyer and former Justice Department official Thomas Firestone earlier this month has led to a flurry of speculation about what may have prompted it.

What the Papers Say, May 22, 2013

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

Students Favor State Firms as Employers

When it comes to Russian college students' career aspirations, Gazprom's gas fields might as well be described as the fields of dreams, according to an annual ranking released Thursday by the Universum consulting firm.

Amnesty Report Slams 'Repressive Legislation'

Amnesty International said Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin was marked by large-scale attacks on freedom of assembly and of expression, resulting in a large number of politically motivated criminal cases and repressive legislation.

McDonald's Will Fuel Gold Medals in Sochi

Despite his best efforts, McDonald's Russia founder George Cohon did not manage to have his golden arches planted on Russian soil in time for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, but his company will get a triumphant welcome in Sochi as the event's official restaurant.

Rogozin Says Defense Ministry Won't Be Stripped of Pricing Function

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday that the Defense Ministry would bear responsibility for the pricing of military equipment, despite Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's earlier plans to get rid of the function.

Gutseriyev Pays $20M for Krasnaya Polyana Stake

The Moscow Times
Russneft CEO Mikhail Gutseriyev paid $20 million for 41 percent of Krasnaya Polyana, which is building a ski resort in Sochi, he said in an interview with the Dozhd television channel, Vedomosti reported Wednesday.

Browder Refused Safe Passage to Germany for Magnitsky Event

The Moscow Times
The European Magnitsky Law event has been canceled after German authorities refused to grant safe passage to William Browder, the head of Hermitage Capital, who was due to speak at the event in Berlin on May 27.

Talks Over VimpelCom's Djezzy at Delicate Stage

VimpelCom's talks to sell a controlling stake in its Algerian mobile business Djezzy to Algeria are at a delicate stage but have not failed, a source with knowledge of the discussions said on Wednesday.

Putin Strengthening Power Vertical, Report Says

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin is building a system of increasingly centralized control, in which he directly manages the government, influential research group Minchenko Consulting said in a report published Wednesday.

Tele2 Says Moscow Needs More Mobile Competition

The poor quality of mobile telephony in Moscow is caused by a lack of competition, said Jere Calmes, head of Tele2 Russia, during the Telecom 2013 conference organized by Vedomosti on Wednesday.

European Rights Watchdog to Expand in Russia

The Council of Europe, the continent's oldest human rights organization, has announced an agreement to upgrade its Russian office, a sign that Russia takes the 47-member group seriously, a spokesman said, at a time when the Kremlin routinely rejects outside criticism of its rights record.

Moscow Could Get Hub for Low-Cost Airlines by End of 2014

The Moscow Times
UTair airlines has announced ambitious plans to turn a Kaluga region airport located less than 100 kilometers from Moscow into a hub for low-cost airlines.

Uzbek Mobile Operators Accused of Collusion

The Moscow Times
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has opened a case against mobile phone operators Rubicon Wireless Communication and Uzmobile, accusing them of violating anti-trust legislation and forming a cartel.

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