Today's headlines in the Russian Press and in the international media compared.

The overlap today was 2 topics (Syria and Belarus/Uralkali) out of 17 covered in the Russian headlines.

The big news about Syria was the defeat of PM Cameron in the Commons (the British Parliament). After the vote, David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of ‘siding with Russia' over Syria. Someone in the UK Government emphasized this by calling Miliband (at least according to this article in the Guardian) “a fucking cunt and a copper-bottomed shit.”

Here is an RT video reporting about the UK vote:

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Here are the Russian headlines collected by RIA Novosti:


Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, August 30, 2013. © RIA Novosti. Rybchinskiy

Tags: economic strategy, ID cards, oil price, chemical weapons, flood, US Defense Department, Uralkali, Russian Audit Chamber, Russian Investigative Committee, United Nations, Rosneft, Finance Ministry, Tatyana Golikova, David Cameron, Michael Jackson, Suleiman Kerimov, Igor Sechin, Vladimir Putin, Moscow Region, Minsk, Belarus, Germany, United States, Syria, Russia, Moscow

A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today


Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an introduction letter for his aide Tatyana Golikova to head the country’s Audit Chamber. (Izvestia, Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

The leaders of Russia and Germany talked by phone about the escalating situation in Syria and noted the importance of a chemical weapons report currently being prepared by United Nations investigators for review by the UN Security Council. (Kommersant)

Russia’s new law “On Education” comes into force starting September 1. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Investigative Committee to check the work of all officials in Russia’s Far East, that has been badly affected by floods. (Izvestia, Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


The Russian Finance Ministry drafted an economic strategy for the period to 2030, taking into account possible oil price falls and all President Vladimir Putin’s pre-election pledges. (Vedomosti)

Belarusian investigators said that they were investigating possible “illegal activities” by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, a shareholder in the Russian fertilizer firm Uralkali, whose CEO was detained in Minsk earlier this week. (Kommersant, Novaya Gazeta)

Russia hit back at two mainstays of the Belarusian economy this week after Minsk arrested Uralkali’s CEO, imposing cuts on oil exports and threatening food imports in moves that it insists have no connection to that arrest. (Kommersant)

An unprecedented 1.8 trillion rubles ($54 billion) will be invested in road and rail infrastructure in Moscow Region over the next five years, says Konstantin Lyashkevich, the head of the regional road management agency (The Moscow Times)

Less than a week after taking his first slice of Russia's top oil producer, Rosneft, CEO Igor Sechin increased his share to 0.0849 percent. (Kommersant)

Russian domestic electricity consumers in seven regions face a big rise in their tariffs from Saturday, September 1. (Moskovsky Komsomolets)


The US Defense Department has opened a criminal investigation into an Army aviation unit that awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts to Russian and US firms for maintenance and overhaul of Russian-made helicopters, according to people familiar with the matter. (The Moscow Times)

Russia announced on Thursday plans to increase its naval presence in the Mediterranean as ships from the US, Britain and France stood by to await orders in case of a military strike on Syria. (The Moscow Times)


In a stunning defeat for British Prime Minister David Cameron, the British parliament late Thursday voted against endorsing military action against Syria. (Izvestia, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Vedomosti)


Paper passports in Russia will be exchanged for plastic ID cards starting from 2030. (Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

President Vladimir Putin met farmers’ leaders and regional officials in Russia’s Far East to see the effects of the massive flooding across the region that has devastated agriculture there. (Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

Fans of the late pop star Michael Jackson held a memorial vigil for him outside the United States Embassy in Moscow. (Moskovsky Komsomolets)

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