What does the press say about Russia today, Tuesday September 3, 2013?

As every day we have compared what the international press write about Russia with what the domestic Russian press write, there is very little overlap.

Today’s overlap is only 1 topic covered in both “camps” (out of 14 topics in Russian press). As typical lately, that topic is Syria. The Israeli missile-test in the Mediterranean, was thoroughly covered on the evening new on Russian TV but will not make it into the printed media’s headlines until tomorrow.

To select today’s video among YouTube contributions dominated by Syria and car-crashes, was not east. However, maybe this compilation of stills from horrifying accidents in Russia will make you take it easy out there.

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Here are the headlines from the Russian domestic press compiled by RIA Novosti.

RIA-Novosti-Russian-Press-at-a-Glance-Tuesday-September-02-2013Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. © RIA Novosti. Rybchinskiy

POLITICS

As the White House persuades lawmakers to back a military operation in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed US evidence of a chemical attack in Damascus as “insufficient.” The Arab League was also divided by the plans of a possible military operation, with only Saudi Arabia and Qatar voting in favor. (Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

With less than a week to go until the September 8 mayoral elections in Moscow, the Committee of Civil Initiatives led by former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin published research indicating that “the campaign was livelier than the previous year’s [presidential elections].” (Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin asked the Constitutional Court to review “vague” clauses of the controversial NGO law. (Kommersant)

On the first day of the new academic year, top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, attended classes in Russian schools. (Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

President Putin will meet with members of the presidential human rights council on Wednesday. (Vedomosti)

ECONOMY

In a bid to persuade Ukraine to drop its European aspirations, Russian presidential aide Sergei Glazyev said Russia was ready to lower gas prices and lift trade barriers, bossting Kiev’s income by about $11-$12 billion per year. (Kommersant)

AEROSPACE

A facility to imitate the speed of 12,000 kilometers per hour will be built in Lytkarino near Moscow. (Izvestia)

CONSUMER

The world’s biggest online retailer Amazon has started deliveries of household appliances to Russia. (Vedomosti)

The political crisis in Egypt and the growth in production pushed global tea prices to a three-year-low. (Vedomosti)

DEFENSE

Russia may introduce obligatory drug tests for servicemen. (Izvestia)

SOCIETY

Belarus has launched a criminal case against Russian businessman Suleiman Kerimov and issued an international arrest warrant for him. (Kommersant, Vedomosti, Izvestia)

It is still unclear what damage will be done by unprecedented floods that continue in Russia’s Far East. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

The Moscow City Court ruled to arrest brothers Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, suspects in the high-profile murder case of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. (Kommersant)

A bill to toughen punishments for passengers who behave violently on board an aircraft was submitted to the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

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