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03/13/2014

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Western Aid to Ukraine Could Wind Up in Russian Coffers

The $40 billion discount on Russian gas purchases the Yanukovych government agreed with Moscow is likely to vaporize if Crimea secedes from Ukraine, leaving Kiev with the urgent need to pay its bill using internationally provided funds or face an industrial collapse.

Lenta.ru Editor Replaced After 'Extremism' Warning

The longtime editor-in-chief of news agency Lenta.ru has been replaced by the former editor of a Kremlin-friendly online publication, prompting an uproar among many journalists who say the move is just the latest nail in the coffin of Russia's independent media.

Investors Call For City Hall To Share Financial Risks In Metro Cars Tender

A 500 billion ruble ($13.7 billion) tender to supply and service 2,800 metro cars will be announced in the coming months, authorities said Wednesday, though possible participants have expressed concerns about the risks of the lengthy, ruble-based project.

Navalny Defies House Arrest Terms in Online Condemnation of Russia's Actions in Ukraine

The Moscow Times
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is barred from using the Internet under the terms of his house arrest, has used his blog to condemn Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

Paralympians a Reminder of Foreign Adoptions Issue

The Sochi Paralympic Games have highlighted ongoing spats between Russia and the U.S. over the crisis in Ukraine, but they have also thrust international adoptions into the spotlight as another bone of contention between the two former Cold War powers.

Zhirinovsky Proposes U.S. Removal From G8, Takes Swipe at Russian Alphabet

The Moscow Times
Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Wednesday that the U.S. should be kicked out of the G8 and described Western sanctions imposed on Russia as unacceptable.

Railways Chief Proposes Linking Pacific to Atlantic with Infrastructure Corridor

The Moscow Times
Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed building a multi-trillion ruble transport corridor extending from the country's Pacific east coast to Europe's Atlantic coast, a news report said.

What the Papers Say, March 12, 2014

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.

UN Appeals to Russia, U.S. to Salvage Syria Peace Talks

Reuters
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia and the U.S. on Wednesday to help revive stalled peace talks aimed at ending Syria's three-year-old civil war, saying it was time to put an end to the bloodshed that has torn Syria apart.

As Sanctions Loom, U.S. 'Mistake' Vulnerable to Russian Attack

The U.S. and European Union moved closer to imposing sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, as a discrepancy in a U.S. interpretation of President Vladimir Putin's rhetoric about the Ukrainian crisis opened itself up to Russian attacks.

Culture Ministry Proposes Animal Protection Bill

RIA Novosti
The Culture Ministry has proposed a bill to regulate the use of animals in entertainment, according to the government's official website for pending legislation.

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