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07/18/2013

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Putin Says U.S. Ties More Important Than Snowden

Reuters
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday gave his clearest signal yet that he would not let a dispute over the fate of former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden derail relations with the United States.

Finance Ministry Wants to Limit Welfare Fund Use on Infrastructure Projects

The Finance Ministry on Wednesday criticized President Vladimir Putin's idea to use up to half of the $86.5 billion stored in the National Welfare Fund to finance large-scale investment projects.

What the Papers Say, July 17, 2013

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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Creation of Antarctic Wildlife Reserve Blocked

RIA Novosti
Russia and Ukraine have blocked a proposal for creating an expansive marine wildlife reserve in the Antarctic because they contest the authority of the organizing commission, news reports said Wednesday.

Rosoboronexport a Contender for $350M Indian Gun Contract

Moscow has a new target for an Indian defense contract — 100 units of self-propelled howitzer guns for an estimated value of $350 million.

Workers' Rights Making Their Way to G20 Agenda

Labor union leaders from the Group of 20 countries met in Moscow on Wednesday in advance of the gathering of their nations' employment and finance ministers later this week to express their concern for the status of working people.

Navalny's Future Hinges on Court Verdict

Alexei Navalny was registered as a candidate for the Moscow mayoral election Wednesday, but his political career hinges on another decision to be made 800 kilometers away: A Kirov court will declare its verdict in the embezzlement trial against him Thursday, and it may bar him from political office for life.

KCell Earnings Down 0.7%

Reuters
Kazakhstan's largest mobile phone operator, KCell, said Wednesday that its net profit decreased by 0.7 percent year on year in the first half of 2013 to 29.2 billion tenge ($191 million).

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