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Smoking Ban Met With Skepticism

The new anti-smoking law that came into force last week and is seen by the government as a measure to fight population decline has been met more with skepticism than strict implementation.

Arrest of Makhachkala Mayor Seen as Sign of Changing Tide

As the fallout from the arrest of the leader of Dagestan's capital continued on Monday, experts agreed that the event would likely send tremors throughout all of Russia.

Bill Restricting Employee Leasing to Hit Businesses Hard

Amendments to the Labor Code restricting employee leasing might hit hard Russian companies and Western firms working in the country and deprive the budget of billions of rubles.

Russia-EU Values Gap on Display at Summit

Despite declarations of strategic partnership and cooperation at Tuesday's Russia-EU summit in Yekaterinburg, leaders of the two sides demonstrated an apparently growing rift on a wide array of issues, including civil liberties and ways to resolve the bloody civil war in Syria.

Bankers Prefer Women Customers

When it comes to banking, women are more responsible and better customers than men, finance executives said.

Soviet Era Hotels Awaiting Capitalist Saviors

Hulking, bleakly grey and occasionally claustrophobia-inducing, Soviet-era hotels are ready to be spruced up - if investors will have them.

What the Papers Say, June 3, 2013

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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Zarubezhneft Gives Up Drilling Effort Off Cuba's Coast

Russian state-owned oil company Zarubezhneft said it was giving up for now on a problem-plagued exploration well off Cuba's north-central coast, which brings to an end the communist-led island's only active project in its search for offshore oil fields.

Sobyanin Calls for Early Mayoral Vote

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin will ask President Vladimir Putin to declare early mayoral elections, the first in Moscow since 2003, in a move analysts said would help ensure Sobyanin's election in September amid a worsening political climate for the mayor.

Defense Budget Cut by $203M

The Moscow Times
The 2013 military budget will be reduced by 6.5 billion rubles ($203 million), according to amendments passed by the Federation Council, and the funds will be used in a future year to upgrade existing military ships, the head of the parliamentary defense committee said Tuesday, Interfax reported.

Stepashin Warns U.K. on Borodin

The Moscow Times
Audit Chamber Head Sergei Stepashin has sent to British Comptroller and Auditor General Amyas Morse a letter containing information about  alleged financial violations committed by former Bank of Moscow CEO Andrei Borodin, a news report said Tuesday.

260 Tour Operators Barred from Foreign Market

The Moscow Times
Two hundred and sixty tour operators have been excluded from the Federal Tourism Agency's register and barred from the foreign travel market for failing to join a trade association, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing the agency's website.

Gazprom to Further Cut Gas Prices for Europe

Gazprom will cut pipeline gas prices for European buyers this year in response to competition, its top export official said Tuesday.

Sanofi Moves to Local Full Cycle Insulin Production

French drug maker Sanofi on Tuesday moved to a new stage of producing insulin here at a plant that has enough capacity to meet the full demand on the local market.

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