Headlines about Russia compared Friday 23 August 2013

While the Russian press seems to find new and different topics every day, the International editors more tend to stick to the the same themes: Gays, more Gays and a little bit  about Syria. Like Churchill once said: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.

The price to today’s most ridiculous “event” goes to James Kirchick who hijacked two minutes of a RT program with his tirade about the situation for gays in Russia. In addition to the probable fact that Kirchik knows little more about the Russian law in question than he has picked up from international media, he forgot the fact that 99% of those he maybe wanted to reach do not watch RT. Maybe some more watch the replays on YouTube. In any case it is very interesting to read the comments to the most watched video about this on YouTube (as below). I do believe it is a strategic mistake by RT to take this video off their own channel. They would have collected more points in my book if they had let it stay on-line and collected comments on their site without any censoring.

Today overlap score is 0 (ZERO). Not a single topic was covered both in the Russian press and in the international. (Check for yourself and correct me if I missed any!).

Here are the Russian topics in the domestic press. As always collected by RIA Novosti:

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Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, August 23, 2013 © RIA Novosti. Rybchinskiy

A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

Tags: metro, Transstroi, NGO, Customs Union, World Trade Organization (WTO), Sberbank, Gennady Onishchenko, Oleg Deripaska, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow

POLITICS

The Russian presidential council for human rights will ask President Vladimir Putin to rewrite the law on foreign agents amid claims that 2,200 NGOs receive foreign funding but only 22 have been recognized as foreign agents. (Kommersant)

The mayoral election campaign of anti-corruption blogger and opposition leader Alexei Navalny faced new obstacles Thursday as the Moscow Election Commission warned he could be struck off the ballot and police raided a printer that produces his campaign materials. (The Moscow Times)

ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

The Communications Ministry will not adopt laws to abolish intra-network roaming because mobile operators have already revised subscription plans and offered subscribers options to cut roaming expenses.(Vedomosti)

Businessmen are preparing to cash in on the construction of the Moscow metro as an unprecedented contract worth $17 billion could be broken down and offered to potential subcontractors. Infrastructure builder Transstroi, owned by Oleg Deripaska, said it was ready to participate in the project. (The Moscow Times)

Net capital outflow from Russia is increasing, according to new figures from the Russian Federal Statistics Service. (Kommersant)

Two major traders welcomed Russia’s largest lender Sberbank as a new player in financing commodity supplies after the bank announced plans to get on the list of Europe’s largest banks funding Russian exports. (The Moscow Times)

RUSSIA

Russia’s chief public health official Gennady Onishchenko will tighten control over Russia’s WTO and Customs Union membership as he fears low-quality or dangerous food products could appear on the Russian market. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

DEFENSE

Despite the broadly successful development of Russia’s helicopter construction industry, the sector depends too much on the state defense order, according to participants at a meeting held by President Vladimir Putin at the Rostvertol plant. (Vedomosti)

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