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02/14/2013

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Even Russians Need a Visa for Sochi

If you're the lucky owner of tickets for the most popular competitions at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, then you must be a holder of a Visa card and have reflexes quick enough to have snagged one of the coveted seats in the stands.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 13, 2013

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

Russia Fights to Put Wrestling Back on the Olympic Mat

Hours after the International Olympic Committee's Tuesday decision to remove wrestling from the Summer Games after 2016, Russia threw its full weight behind a campaign to bring the sport back.

U.S. Begins Push for New Arms Cuts

President Barack Obama's pledge to pursue new cuts to the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals appeared to be under way Wednesday, with the State Department's arms control chief in Moscow amid talk of a visit later this month by another high-level official.

Russian Arms Sales Double as Sales to Syria Continue

Russia sold twice as many weapons abroad in 2012 as in the previous year. It now has a portfolio of $37 billion in foreign orders and continues to sell anti-aircraft systems to Syria, a senior arms trade executive told reporters Wednesday.

Aeroexpress to Buy Double-Decker Trains From Swiss Manufacturer

The Moscow Times
Aeroexpress announced Tuesday that it chose Swiss manufacturer Stadler as the supplier of double-decker electric trains to operate on its rail routes connecting Moscow's main train stations with the city's airports.

Tverskaya to Get Lime Trees and Benches

The Moscow Times
Moscow's main thoroughfare will be beautified with lime trees and benches in a return to its glorious Soviet past.

Moscow Times Band Takes on Belfast

An up-and-coming band with impeccable taste in a name, Moscow Times is rocking the pubs of Northern Ireland.

ExxonMobil to Get Shelf Access

Reuters
Rosneft will move its new licenses into its tie-up with North American major ExxonMobil to tap into the country's vast Arctic resources, a source close to the Russian company said.

Kiev and Ashgabat Reach Gas Agreement

The Associated Press
Ukraine reached a tentative agreement with Turkmenistan on Wednesday to resume imports of natural gas from the energy-rich Central Asian nation.

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