Today’s overlap between the headlines of the domestic Russian press (according to RIA Novosti) and the international press (according to Google News) is 2 topics (Syria and G20) out of 15 in the collection of headlines in the Russian press.

However, even if Syria is one of the common topics, the view is divided 180 degrees with the international press mainly reporting positively about the American arguments and the Russian more emphasizing the Russian view. The reporting from the G20 meeting in St.Petersburg, which started today, became indistinguishable from the Syria situation. In any case, the Syria-issue is creating one more example on how a common topic can be twisted by media (mainly the USA dominated international) into opposite mirroring images of what is going on and Russia’s role.

For once, the LGBT issue made it into the collection of Russian Headlines but not into the international. Outside of the selection by Google News, there were, however, a lot of reports on a potential meeting between Obama and Russian LGBT activists.

Today’s video is (again, I can’t help considering them a more reliable source than any of the American channels) from RT and describes how John Kerry is defending the costs for a potential war in Syria with that “Saudi Arabia will pick up the bill“. Just a small reminder: 11 of the 12 September 11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia.

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Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, September 5, 2013

POLITICS

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to review high-profile laws on the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences and NGOs. However, the Kremlin’s concessions will not include aspects of the reforms that the authorities consider vital. (Vedomosti)

As the leaders of the world’s major economies gather in St. Petersburg for the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reaffirmed his position on a possible US-led military strike in Syria but took a more flexible stance, saying Moscow could support the campaign if it is authorized by the United Nations and is based on “clear proof” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. (The Moscow Times)

President Barack Obama’s task of not meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit may be all but unavoidable. (Moskovsky Komsomolets)

Russia’s laws need modernization, but the country’s Constitution should be preserved as “a foothold for the development of the Russian legal system,” State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said at a round table on the problems of legislative regulation. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

A Just Russia party’s 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. (The Moscow Times)

ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

Residents of St. Petersburg will have to put up with disturbance during the G20 summit, but will benefit from being in the world spotlight and increased numbers of tourists, officials and experts said. (Vedomosti)

As Russian energy giant Gazprom’s talks on gas supplies to China drag on without final result, Turkmenistan is moving forward in that sphere, and has signed a major supply contract with China. Turkmenistan’s success weakens Russia’s position in dialogue with China. (Kommersant)

Russia’s largest airline Aeroflot will retain the 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 Transport Minister Valery Okulov said. (The Moscow Times)

RUSSIA

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin confirmed reports of a planned division of the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos into two parts: the agency itself and a United Rocket and Space Corporation, following a meeting on space industry reform Wednesday. (Kommersant)

A lack of coordination between the federal and municipal authorities may prevent drivers from traveling faster. Moscow and its surrounding region have different plans regarding reconstruction of highways. (Vedomosti)

Russia continues to suffer from a poor image abroad, according to a Pew Research survey conducted in the run-up to the G20 Summit – with Israel, Jordan and Turkey topping the list of Russophobe nations. (Moskovsky Komsomolets)

SOCIETY

Some 200 million rubles ($6 million) will be additionally allocated to NGOs involved in human rights protection by the end of the year, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged at a meeting with the presidential human rights council. (Kommersant)

Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva could lose her status as Russia’s ambassador to the Youth Olympic Games after her comments in favor of Russian legislation on promotion of non-traditional relationships last month. (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovsky Komsomolets)

Representatives of Russia’s LGBT community await a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, after he said in an interview that they faced no discrimination under the law in Russia and he would in principle be ready to meet them to discuss their agenda. (Izvestia)

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