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02/15/2013

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Meteor Strike Causes Panic, Injuries in Urals

A meteor with an explosive force of several kilotons crashed to Earth in the Chelyabinsk region on Friday, authorities said, causing a shockwave that shattered windows, shook the ground and injured close to a thousand people.

Ethics Chief Asks for Timeout After 'Exposure'

State Duma Deputy Vladimir Pekhtin asked to be temporarily relieved of his duties as chairman of the Duma's Credentials and Ethics Commission until the conclusion of a probe into allegations that he failed to declare more than $2 million in property holdings in the U.S. state of Florida.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 14, 2013

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

Putin Warns Against Foreign 'Interference' at FSB Meeting

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called on security service officers to shield Russians from an array of threats, including extremist groups, foreign-funded organizations and cyberattacks.

Britain OKs First Russian Extradition in Decade

British authorities have agreed for the first time in more than a decade to extradite a Russian citizen seeking asylum. The 32-year-old former St. Petersburg resident, accused of beating a man to death, is scheduled to be transferred into Russian custody next week.

Komi Mine Blast Not Result of Natural Causes, Investigator Says

The Moscow Times
The explosion that killed 19 miners at a coal mine in the Komi republic city of Vorkuta on Monday was not the result of natural causes, investigators said Friday.

Lavrov and Kerry Meeting Possible in March

The Moscow Times
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may meet in March, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax in an interview published Friday.

Moscow Zoo to Hold Snake Beauty Pageant

The Moscow Times
The Moscow Zoo plans to hold a "beauty pageant" for snakes from March to May to mark the year of the snake.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 15, 2013

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

Cosmodrome Could Be Jointly Managed

The Associated Press
Russia may suspend its lease for some facilities at the Baikonur space complex in Kazakhstan, opening the way for its joint administration by the two countries, a senior Russian space official said.

Russia Battling Investor Skepticism

Reuters
A $2 trillion economy, a seat at the table with top world powers and a stock market that trades at valuations cheaper than Pakistan, yet G20 host Russia is still struggling to gain the trust of international capital.

Rosneft Gets Access to Alaska

The Associated Press
ExxonMobil and Rosneft signed an agreement that will give the U.S. company exploration access to an additional 606,000 square kilometers in the Russian Arctic.

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