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10/29/2013

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Police Raid Giant Sadovod Market, Detain 1,000 Migrants

Police on Monday raided the sprawling Sadovod street market on the southeastern outskirts of Moscow, detaining about 1,000 migrants from former Soviet countries and an unknown amount of suspected counterfeit merchandise.

Urban Comfort Ranking Puts Krasnodar in the Lead

The Moscow Times
Krasnodar defended its title as Russia's most comfortable city in 2012, according to a recent rating compiled by the Urbanika Institute and the Russian Union of Architects, Vedomosti reported.

Saakashvili Opponent Leads Georgian Presidential Race With 80% of Votes Counted

The Moscow Times
The leader of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, Georgy Margvelashvili, has a strong lead in the race to succeed Mikheil Saakashvili as Georgia's president following Sunday's elections.

What the Papers Say, Oct. 28, 2013

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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With Saakashvili Out, Russia-Georgia Ties Set to Improve, but Slowly

Despite a complete change of leadership in Georgia sealed in Sunday's presidential election, Russia and its southern neighbor remain on track only to crawl toward a strained reconciliation, due largely to the legacy of the bitter five-day war the countries fought in 2008.

20-Point Plan Stokes French-Russian Cooperation

Twenty areas for improving political and economic cooperation between Russia and France were unveiled Monday ahead of a French prime ministerial visit this week that may indicate a warming in the relationship between the two countries.

Russians See Greenpeace Protest as a Foreign Plot

State pollster VTsIOM released survey results Monday regarding last month's Greenpeace protest in the Arctic that indicate more than a third of Russians believe the protest was a foreign plot and more than two-thirds disagree with the group's message of needing to protect the environment from oil drilling.

Putin Says Gay People Welcome at Sochi Olympics

Reuters
President Vladimir Putin, seeking to defuse criticism over his treatment of Russia's gay community, said all people will be welcome in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Observers Praise Georgian Presidential Vote

Reuters
European observers Monday gave Georgia's presidential election a clean bill of health, saying it was "positive and transparent" and confirmed that democracy was strengthening in the former Soviet republic.

Lavrov Warns Ukraine Over EU Deal

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Russian trade with Ukraine would not be severed if Ukraine signs an agreement next month with the European Union.

Lavrov Says Genes and Exercise Help Him Stay Robust

The Moscow Times
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confessed Monday that his way of life is far from healthy but said that good genes and regular exercise help keep him fit and trim.

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