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02/19/2013

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Latest Orphan Death Sparks Official Furor

With striking unanimity and furor, senior officials and lawmakers on Tuesday condemned the latest death of an adopted Russian child in the United States, saying the incident vindicates the government's controversial decision to ban U.S. adoptions.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 19, 2013

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

Meteor Raises Security Concerns

The unexpected meteor strike near Chelyabinsk has made worried citizens and pundits think about the country's defense capabilities.

Child Welfare Bill Sparks Fears Among Parents

A bill redefining the conditions under which children can be seized from so-called "socially vulnerable families" has provoked fear among critics that more minors could be taken into state care due to petty infractions.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 18, 2013

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

Medvedev to See Glonass, Not Carnival, in Brazil

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev missed Brazil's world-famous Carnival, but he'll tout Russia's answer to the U.S. GPS navigation system and discuss weapons and nuclear cooperation during a visit to the South American country this week.

Sobyanin Touted as Possible Putin Successor

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is among the few politicians capable of appeasing warring factions within the ruling elite and becoming President Vladimir Putin's successor, a report released Tuesday said.

Kerry Finally Reaches Lavrov by Phone

The Moscow Times
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry finally reached Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by phone over the weekend, after almost a week of trying to contact his Russian counterpart.

Medvedev Cuts Red Tape to Boost Investment in Regions

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the government to find ways to reduce bureaucratic obstacles to regional investment amid a drive to boost regional economies.

NSCP Management Vows Not to Be Distracted by Shareholder Dispute

The embattled management of Russia's largest Black Sea port has insisted that it will press ahead with ambitious growth plans despite calls for a change of leadership from one of the company's largest shareholders.

Moscow Gives Up Hopes for Visa-Free Olympics

An easing of visa requirements for Europeans is unlikely even for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, as officials from both Moscow and the EU insist on their positions.

Mobile Operators Look to Scartel for 4G Help

Established 4G wireless provider Scartel is talking with the big three mobile operators — MegaFon, VimpelCom and Mobile TeleSystems — about forming a company to develop and run 4G infrastructure on their behalf.

January Data Bolsters Monetary Easing Argument

Reuters
Russia unveiled a slew of disappointing economic data for January on Tuesday, adding to pressure on the Central Bank to soften monetary policy and aid growth as soon as inflation pressures abate.

Sanoma Independent Media Gets New CEO

The Moscow Times
Jean-Emmanuel de Witt has been appointed CEO of Sanoma Independent Media, the parent company of The Moscow Times, the publishing house said Tuesday.

Dvorkovich Denies Resignation Rumors

Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich got in the spotlight Tuesday amid rumors that he might have to resign in the wake of the recent scandals in the energy sector, which he oversees.

Putin Says Russia Won't Return Jewish Library

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia could not abide by a U.S. court decision ordering the return of historic books and documents to a New York-based Jewish group, saying it would open a "Pandora's box" of other claims on state property.

Armenian President Promises Security

Reuters
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan promised Tuesday to make the country secure and stable after cruising to victory in an election that international vote monitors said lacked real competition.

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