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09/05/2013

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Gay Rights Issue Winds Up on G20 Agenda

President Vladimir Putin will likely find himself responding to Western criticism of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg this weekend, as British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to raise the issue and U.S. President Barack Obama has scheduled a meeting with LGBT activists.

Overflight Fees to Remain After 2014

Aeroflot will retain its so-called royalty, or overflight, fees it levies on airlines flying nonstop across Russia after 2014, when they were previously expected to be canceled, Deputy Transportation Minister Valery Okulov said Wednesday.

Navalny, Sobyanin 'Working Together'

The Moscow Times
Just Russia mayoral candidate Nikolai Levichev suggested his competitor Alexei Navalny may be coordinating his campaign with City Hall in exchange for protection and support from acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's administration.

City Hall to Tender Advertising Space in Metro's Pedestrian Tunnels

The Moscow Times
Acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has told Moscow's media and advertising department to prepare a tender for commercial advertising spaces in 300 of the Moscow metro's pedestrian tunnels.

Suspect in Putin Murder Plot Pleads Guilty

RIA Novosti
A Kazakhstan national accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted his guilt ahead of his upcoming trial in Moscow, a court spokesperson said Wednesday.

Turkmen Field Launched

Reuters
Chinese President Xi Jinping helped inaugurate the world's second-largest gas field in Turkmenistan on Wednesday, showing Beijing's growing clout in Central Asia as it seeks resources for the Chinese economy.

Galushka Tipped as Far East Minister

The Moscow Times
The government was expected to announce Wednesday the appointment of Alexander Galushka as the new minister for the development of the Far East following the dismissal of Viktor Ishayev last week.

Uralkali Says Minsk Guilty of 'Political Persecution'

Reuters
Potash giant Uralkali said it was prepared to go to court to defend itself against attacks by Belarus in the deepening dispute between the ex-Soviet states over the collapse of the world's largest potash alliance.

Putin Sees U.S. 'Snobbery' in Snowden Affair

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused U.S. intelligence services of a lack of professionalism for their failure to round up NSA leaker Edward Snowden, whose arrival and subsequent stay in Russia fractured U.S.-Russia relations in early August.

RusPetro Seeks to Prevent Output Decline

The Moscow Times
London-listed RusPetro, a small oil company co-owned by a former Cabinet official, said Wednesday that it hoped to prevent an output decline in Russia using the money it secured last month.

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