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Putin Says Snowden in Airport, Shrugs Off 'Nonsense' U.S. Accusations

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday acknowledged the whereabouts of fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden but said "any accusations against Russia are nonsense and rubbish" and urged the fugitive to leave as quickly as possible.

Russia to Join the High-Speed Rail Club

International rail giants together with state and foreign investment banks are already eyeing the role they can play in one of the most expensive infrastructure projects in the world - the high-speed rail line to be built from Moscow to Kazan, 800 kilometers east of the capital.

NTV Yukos Film Fuels Campaign Against Khodorkovsky

The Moscow Times
The state controlled NTV channel has aired a documentary alleging that the Yukos founders, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky, were involved in the killing of the mayor of Nefteyugansk in western Siberia in 1998.

What the Papers Say, June 25, 2013

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

Valuev Dodges Illegal Hunting Charges

The Moscow Times
State Duma Deputy and former world heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev will not be charged with illegal hunting after he shot dead a bear, a beaver and a duck while on a hunting trip in Arkhangelsk, a news report said Tuesday.

LUKoil Sees Production Decline Looming

The Moscow Times
Without the large-scale application of new technologies, oil production in Russia will begin to decline in 2016-17, according to a report by LUKoil on the main trends in the development of global markets for oil and gas in the period until 2025.

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The Moscow Times

Novatek Ups Northgas Stake

The Moscow Times
Novatek has increased its stake in Northgas to 50 percent from 49 percent as a result of a share issue, Interfax reported.

Rostelecom Elects Board

The Moscow Times
The board of directors at Rostelecom has elected Vadim Semyonov, chief executive of the state telecom group Svyazinvest and university friend of Dmitry Medvedev, as its chairman.

New Rating Agency Launched

The Associated Press
Chinese credit rating company Dagong and its Russian and U.S. partners are launching a new venture to challenge the dominance of the major rating agencies that were blamed for contributing to the global financial crisis.

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