Here is today’s comparison between headlines in Russian Domestic press and about Russia in the International press for Monday 19 August 2013.

Overlap: 3 (of 13 Russian headlines): Far East flooding; Customs dispute with Ukraine and Drunk Captain. All overlapping stories are marked with yellow.

An unusual observation is that Snowden made it into the Russian headlines but for two days he was not in the International news about Russia. But, as before, nothing to be found in the Russian press about the seemingly most interesting international issue with Russia – the law which forbids the promotion to minors of “non-traditional sexual relationships”.

Being a Swede by birth, I can’t help but feeling a little bit ashamed over the comments and demonstrations by Swedish athletes and ice-hockey-players. What do they really know about Russia and the situation here? Probably only what they are being fed about Russia by the international press. Did they even bother to try to understand what the law on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” is all about and the deep traditions of, at least officially, “traditional relationships” in Russia?

For sure, watching the interest for the “Pride-parade” in Stockholm, one might think that a majority of the voters in Sweden belongs to any of the letters in the LGBT-movement. Just wonder if the rumor is true that the Swedish Government had ordered all the Swedish Embassies and Consulates abroad to fly the Rainbow-flag together with (or maybe instead of) the Swedish flag on the day of the “Pride-parade”?

For those of you who do not know much about Sweden, it can be interesting to know that in Sweden it is not good enough for people belonging to minority groups to be only equal. Instead, they must be MORE equal than “normal” swedes.

Anyhow, I digress, so …

Here are the headlines from Russian press, put together by RIA Novosti.

Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, August 19, 2013 © RIA Novosti. Rybchinskiy

Tags: flood, Customs Union, State Duma, Federal Air Transport Agency, PayPal, Russian Interior Ministry, Igor Zotov, Sergei Sobyanin, Vladimir Putin, Lon Snowden, Edward Snowden, Egypt, Moscow Region, Ukraine, Moscow, Russia

A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

POLITICS

A ban on Russian state officials holding accounts and assets abroad comes into force today. Laws adopted as part of a Kremlin-launched “nationalization of elites” have already made life difficult for officials and MPs as they had to give up foreign property and re-register it with other people. (Kommersant)

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden contacted a popular US news website, The Huffington Post, and said media have been “misled” by associates of his father, Lon Snowden, and have published “false” claims about his situation, the website said. (The Moscow Times)

ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

The Kremlin has explained the motives behind its “customs war” with Ukraine. Presidential aide Sergei Glazyev said customs checks had been toughened in order to prepare for possible changes in customs administration in the future should Ukraine sign an economic association agreement with the EU. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vedomosti)

President Vladimir Putin’s calls for domestic companies to repatriate their funds back home from offshore jurisdictions have fallen on deaf ears, with almost half of the $67 billion investment by Russian residents abroad in the first quarter of this year settling in the British Virgin Islands, according to figures released by the Central Bank. (The Moscow Times)

Nine illegal marketplaces have been shut down in the Moscow Region in just a week. The regional department of the Russian Interior Ministry said violations of migration and trading laws had been found at the markets. (Moskovsky Komsomolets, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

International online payment giant PayPal has overcome the legal barriers to full entry and is ready to launch into the increasingly lucrative Russian online payment market. (The Moscow Times)

RUSSIA

A three-year cooperation agreement between Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the presidential human rights council, and acting Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin will be signed today, in an attempt to enhance the role of rights organizations in the Russian capital. (Kommersant)

The Federal Air Transport Agency has ordered airlines to make contingency plans for evacuating Russian tourists from Egypt, as violent clashes between the country’s government and Islamists continue. (The Moscow Times)

Corruption offences in Russia’s national defense industry may soon be equated high treason, after a member of the Russian lower house’s defense committee, Igor Zotov, submits a bill on the issue to the Duma. (Kommersant)

Water levels continue to rise in the rivers of Russia’s far east, making thousands homeless. (Argumenty i Fakty, Izvestia)

SOCIETY

Russian residents may soon be entitled to file class action lawsuits against Russian companies. A relevant bill is being drafted and will be submitted to the State Duma in late September. (Vedomosti)

CRIME

The captain of a Russian cruise ship that crashed on the Irtysh River in Siberia this weekend killing four passengers, with another six missing, had been drinking before the incident. (Argumenty i Fakty, Izvestia, Moskovsky Komsomolets)

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