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02/08/2013

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Jets Scramble on Japan's Northern Territories Day

Japan scrambled four fighter jets to intercept two Russian fighters it said invaded Japanese airspace near Russia's Kuril Islands for about 11 seconds on Thursday, as Japan celebrated a national day of commemoration calling for the disputed archipelago seized in World War II to return to the Japanese.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 7, 2013

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

Sochi Is a Hard Nut to Crack for PR Gurus

One year before the Winter Olympics are to kick off, it looks like Sochi 2014 is getting mired in controversy.

In Show of Force, Putin Sacks Olympics Official

The countrywide celebrations marking the one-year countdown to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi were overshadowed Thursday by a high-profile dismissal at the Russian Olympic Committee.

Navalny Ally's Apartment Raided

Investigators on Thursday raided the apartment of Vladimir Ashurkov, director of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption and an anti-Kremlin activist, in connection with a criminal case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Foreign Agent Law Complaint Sent to Strasbourg

Eleven prominent rights groups have sent a complaint against Russia’s so-called foreign agent law, which targets NGOs engaged in political activities, to the European Court of Human Rights.

Lovers Abroad Boost Local Flower Sales

The country's florists are readying to cash in on the approaching Valentine's Day celebration, while foreign romantics are frantically searching for ways to purchase bouquets and have them delivered locally.

Investigators Seek House Arrest for Udaltsov

The Moscow Times
Investigators said Friday that they would seek a court order imposing house arrest on Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov after the opposition leader violated restrictions imposed on him for allegedly orchestrating anti-government riots.

Luzhkov Hints at Political Return

The Moscow Times
Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov hinted at returning to politics as an adviser to billionaire politician Mikhail Prokhorov ahead of Moscow City Duma elections scheduled for next year.

Putin and Coca-Cola CEO Meet to Discuss Olympics Preparations

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin met with Coca-Cola CEO Mukhtar Kent on Thursday to discuss preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, a statement on the president's official website said.

Minister: New Information System to Increase Transparency In Communal Services

The Moscow Times
The introduction of the "ZhKKh" state-run information system will improve transparency in the housing and utilities sector, Open Government Minister Mikhail Abyzov said Friday.

Police Search Offices of St. Pete Administration in Embezzlement Probe

The Moscow Times
Police seized documents from the administration of Russia's second-largest city and searched the offices of current and former municipal officials in charge of St. Petersburg's public utilities, the Interior Ministry's press service said Friday.

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