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What the Papers Say, May 8, 2013

BBC Monitoring
Today's Russian-language newspapers look at President Putin's dressing down of the Cabinet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Moscow and a number of defense issues.

U.S. and Russia to Organize Syria Conference

The development, announced late Tuesday night, came as John Kerry made his first visit as U.S. secretary of state and declared the start of “a good, new relationship” with Russia

Tsarnaevs' Story Reveals Web of Ethnic Ties and Tensions in CIS

When the parents of "Misha," the enigmatic Ukrainian-Armenian convert to Islam who allegedly helped radicalize Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, moved to the United States in the 1990s, they likely could not have imagined that their son would eventually be accused of coaching a Muslim terrorist.

Putin Blasts Cabinet for Poor Performance

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday berated the Cabinet for poor execution of his landmark decrees where he sought to make good on his campaign promises.

Media Magnate Lebedev Goes on Trial

Media magnate Alexander Lebedev said as he went on trial on Tuesday that he expected to be jailed over a televised punch-up, which he says is a pretext to punish him for criticizing the Kremlin.

Investigative Committee, Surkov Trade Barbs Over Skolkovo

An investigation into the embezzlement of budget funds from state-owned innovation hub Skolkovo has led to a public spat between the agency conducting the investigation and the Cabinet of Ministers, whose head, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, created the institution in 2010.

Trade Allies Throw Lifeline to Iran's Steel Sector

China, Russia and Kazakhstan are among the few trade allies still providing a lifeline to Iran's vital steel and iron ore sector after most Western suppliers and buyers have cut ties due to growing sanctions pressure.

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