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12/05/2013

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Lavrov Slams NATO Response to Ukraine

At a meeting with NATO counterparts on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed NATO's response to recent protests in Ukraine and said last month's deal on Iran's nuclear program renders the need for missile defense in Europe obsolete.

Golden Gun Interrupts State Duma Fistfight

A disagreement about a statue in a State Duma deputy's native republic of Chechnya led to two lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party getting involved in a fistfight that ended when a golden gun reportedly fell from from Chechen lawmaker Adam Delimkhanov.

Navalny Says His Lawyer Status Has Been Scrubbed

The Moscow Times
Opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been stripped of the right to practice law due to his criminal conviction earlier this year, a post on his LiveJournal blog said.

LGBT Activist Fined for Breaking 'Gay Propaganda' Law

A court in Arkhangelsk has found two LGBT activists guilty of promoting "non-traditional" relationships to minors and fined each of them 4,000 rubles ($120).

What the Papers Say, Dec. 4, 2013

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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Yota Launches Double-Sided Russian Smartphone Across Europe

Russian technology firm Yota Devices launched the world's first dual-screen mobile phone on Wednesday, breathing fresh air into the fast-growing and competitive smartphone market.

Ukraine PM Warns Protesters as Delegation Seeks Financial Help in Moscow

Reuters
Ukraine's prime minister warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings on Wednesday that they would be punished for any "illegal acts," as officials went to Moscow seeking aid to avoid a financial meltdown.

Putin Agrees on Amnesty in Honor of Constitution Anniversary

RIA Novosti
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed his support for granting amnesty to perhaps tens of thousands of Russian prisoners in honor of the 20th anniversary of the country's constitution.

Greenpeace Activists Seeking Exit Visas

RIA Novosti
Environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Wednesday it was seeking to obtain documents allowing its foreign activists being prosecuted by the Russian authorities to return home to their families for Christmas.

Aeroflot Tees Up Privatization With 10% Shares Float in 2014

The Moscow Times
State airline Aeroflot plans to sell up to 10 percent of its stock next year to boost liquidity and establish a value ahead of a future privatization, the company's director said.

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