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07/17/2013

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Moscow Gears Up for Athletics World Championships

Moscow's Luzhniki stadium is getting its finishing touches for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, and officials say the city is ready to welcome 2,500 athletes from 205 countries for the event.

Putin Angered by Lack of Far East Progress

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday again said the Cabinet was slacking off. He blamed ministers for getting behind schedule in executing measures to develop the country's Far East.

Military Holds Largest Maneuvers Since Soviet Era

President Vladimir Putin observed the Armed Forces perform the largest military exercises since Soviet times Tuesday, the latest in a series of surprise drills around the country this year aimed at examining the army's combat readiness following military reforms.

What the Papers Say, July 16, 2013

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

Topless Femen Activist Inspires New French Stamp

Reuters
A postage stamp depicting France's cultural symbol, Marianne, has touched off a flurry of controversy after one of its creators revealed it was inspired by a topless feminist activist who hacked down a Christian cross in Kiev last year with a chainsaw.

Testimony Given in Otkritie Fraud Case

Reuters
Trader George Urumov, a Russian national accused by a British-based subsidiary of one of Russia's largest financial groups of fraud totaling $183 million, denied participating in false trades and paying bribes to colleagues during a hearing in London's High Court.

Medvedev Seeks Higher Domestic Demand for Steel

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday pushed for boosting domestic demand for iron and steel amid the global economic turbulence and better protecting the interests of the country's metal exporters abroad.

World Powers Hope to Resume Iran Talks Quickly

Reuters
World powers hope to resume negotiations with Iran over its disputed nuclear program "as soon as possible," the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday.

ITE Revenue Up 25%

Reuters
Corporate event manager ITE, which gets almost half its revenue from Russia, said Tuesday that it experienced good trading conditions in its principal markets and remains confident in the full-year outcome.

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