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01/30/2013

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Kerry Seen as Best Choice for Putin

Moscow pundits gave a warm welcome to John Kerry on Tuesday, as U.S. senators were expected to confirm their veteran colleague as secretary of state.

At Least 20 Killed in Kazakhstan Plane Crash

Combined Reports
A passenger jet carrying at least 20 people crashed Tuesday in heavy fog near Kazakhstan's principal city, Almaty, killing all on board, the airline and officials said.

Passenger Plane Crashes in Almaty

The Moscow Times
A Kazakh-owned passenger airline carrying at least 20 people crashed while landing in bad weather in Almaty on Tuesday, killing everyone on board, the airline said.

What the Papers Say, Jan. 29, 2013

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

Teacher Says He Was Fired for Taking Part in Gay Protest

A Moscow schoolteacher said he was fired for participating in a gay rights protest outside the State Duma on Friday, highlighting the sensitive nature of the gay rights debate in the country as national anti-gay restrictions loom.

Sechin to Visit Venezuela Amid Speculation About Chavez's Health

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin is expected to visit Venezuela on Wednesday in a mission that might be used to secure the company's oil contracts in the country, with Sechin being one of Russia's most powerful officials and a leading advocate of economic ties with Venezuela.

Regional Development Ministry Poised to Expand Control

Regional Development Minister Igor Slyunyayev unveiled plans Tuesday to reform his ministry, which might become a locomotive for long-promised government plans to decentralize federal power.

Gazprom Sees South Stream Costing $39Bln

Reuters
Gazprom said it will have to spend 510 billion rubles ($16.9 billion) upgrading its domestic gas pipeline system for the planned South Stream undersea link to Europe, increasing the project's cost.

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