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02/25/2013

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Jewish Library Not the Only Thing Russia Isn't Giving Back

President Vladimir Putin said last week that returning a Jewish book collection confiscated after the Bolshevik Revolution was impossible because it would open a “Pandora’s box” of claims on such property.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 25, 2013

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

Kremlin Writes Off Most of Cuba's $30Bln Debt

The deal foresees Cuba getting several Russian-made passenger jets worth $650 million for its Cubana airline.

Kremlin in Talks on LNG Exports to China

Russia is negotiating to supply liquefied natural gas to China, and the two countries expect to reach a long-coveted gas cooperation agreement within a few months, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Monday.

Prokhorov Sells Polyus Gold Stake for $3.6Bln

Reuters
Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has sold his stake in London-listed gold miner Polyus Gold to two Russian buyers for $3.6 billion after approval from British regulators.

Lavrov Lambastes EU Over Visa Fairness

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused the European Union of employing a double standard when it agreed to allow nondiplomatic Ukrainian officials to enter member states without a visa. “A Ukrainian bureaucrat is no different from a Russian one,” he told students at Moscow’s Diplomatic Academy.

McFaul Slams 'Sensational Exploitation' of Orphan's Death

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul has condemned "sensational exploitations" of the recent death of a Russian toddler in the United States and said he is "troubled" by portrayals of the U.S. legal system, government and the American people in the Russian press.

Depardieu 'Inspired' by Kadyrov's Leadership (Video)

French actor Gerard Depardieu said he was inspired by the leadership of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and accepted a five-room apartment from him during a visit to Grozny.

No Breakthrough for Russian Arms Makers in Abu Dhabi

The IDEX arms exhibition, the biggest weapons trade show in the Middle East, attracted hundreds of visitors to the stands of numerous Russian arms producers but did not see any major breakthrough for the country's defense industry.

Truck Traffic Restrictions to Bring Questions and Costs

A plan to ban heavy trucks from the Moscow Ring Road during daylight hours could cause massive traffic jams in the Moscow region, increase the cost of goods for city residents and turn out to be a nightmare for logistics firms.

Largest Commercial Estate Deal Inked

The domestic commercial property market received a massive cash injection with the sale of one of Moscow's largest shopping centers, Metropolis, to Morgan Stanley's real estate investment unit for a record $1.2 billion.

Lawmaker Wants Funded Part of Pensions Scrapped

The Moscow Times
The funded part of pension contributions should either be maintained at 6 percent or scrapped entirely, a senior United Russia Duma deputy said, Vedomosti reported Monday.

Syria Says Ready to Talk With Armed Opposition

Reuters
Syria is ready for talks with its armed opponents, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem said in Moscow on Monday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

EU Tells Ukraine That Reforms Are Necessary for Trade Pact

The Associated Press
Leaders of the European Union had a blunt message Monday for the president of Ukraine: Choose between a customs union with Russia and a free-trade agreement with us. You can't have both.

State Plans to Curb Gazprom's Domestic Gas Tariffs

Reuters
Gazprom's gas prices for Russian industrial users will fall 3 percent in the second quarter, the first drop in years as analysts say the government tries to curb the company's overblown spending.

Blind Lawmaker Praises New Law Requiring Firms to Hire the Disabled

Oleg Smolin, a State Duma deputy with the Communist Party, praised a law that entered into force Monday and requires companies to hire disabled people or face fines of up to 10,000 rubles ($330).

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