Today's views on Russia 16 August 2013.

First from the domestic Russian press via RIA Novosti and further down from the International Press via Google News.

Today's overlap between Russian and international headlines: 1 (Customs dispute with Ukraine – by Wall Street Journal, India, marked with yellow)

What the Russian papers say

Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, August 16, 2013, © RIA Novosti. Rybchinskiy, 10:14 16/08/2013


A month before Moscow mayoral elections, state-run pollster VTsIOM puts acting mayor Sergei Sobyanin way ahead of his rivals in the election race. (Izvestia)
Russian communists have requested a probe into alleged illegal financing of the ruling United Russia party from abroad. (Izvestia)


Russian industry is showing clear signs of stagnation with zero growth in the past seven months, according to the Federal Statistics Service, Rosstat. The goal of 2 percent growth previously announced by the Economics Ministry seems to be unattainable. (Kommersant, Moskovskiye Novosti, Vedomosti)

The Russian Energy Ministry has asked domestic oil companies to increase production of Euro-3 standard gasoline while decreasing the output of more ecology-friendly Euro-5 standard gasoline. The oil companies are unlikely to satisfy the ministry’s request as the move would seriously damage their profits. (Vedomosti)

As Ukrainian producers complain of sudden harsh scrutiny at Russian customs and Gazprom reports a drastic decrease of gas sales to Ukraine, trade relations between the two countries seem to have plunged to a new low. (Kommersant, Vedomosti, The Moscow Times)

The world’s largest online money transfer system PayPal will start allowing payments with Russian rubles in September. The system currently occupies fourth place on the Russian online payment market after Yandex.Money, Qiwi.Wallet and WebMoney. (Kommersant)

Three main airports serving the Moscow area – Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo and Domodedovo – will be linked by a helicopter taxi service by 2018. For this purpose, 10 new helipads will be built just outside the Moscow Ring Road in addition to the existing ones. (Izvestia)

Russian “alternative” trade unions are preparing nationwide strikes in support of a claim for inflation index-linked pay. (RBC Daily)


Russia's Federal Security Service is preparing a draft law to limit access to anonymous Internet servers, the latest in a series of measures by the Russian authorities to control what happens in cyberspace. (Izvestia)

The Moscow authorities have allowed licensed taxi drivers to use dedicated public transport lanes on busy Moscow streets starting September 1. Drivers will be required to paint their cars in yellow, to have taximeters and Glonass navigation systems installed in their vehicles. (Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets)

Police in the Moscow satellite town of Odintsovo detained 1,800 illegal migrants during a single sweep as part of a large-scale campaign to curb illegal migration in the capital and its surroundings. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

Russian tour operators stand to lose millions of dollars as travelers cancel their vacations to Egypt – one of the most popular vacation destinations for Russians – currently beset by unrest. (Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


Military investigators have opened a new fraud case linked to former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and ex-Defense Ministry property manager Yevgenia Vasilyeva. The case involves illegal loan of forest areas in the Bryansk region to a private mining company. (Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets)
Moscow police have closed down 16 illegal casinos, over 600 illegal gaming parlors and 20 illegal bookmaking outlets since the beginning of 2013. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

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