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Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today




The opposition coalition, headed by billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, is leading the parliamentary elections in Georgia according to exit polls

(Vedomosti, Kommersant)


A summit of the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan, scheduled for this week in Islamabad, has been postponed after Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to confirm his participation



On Monday, the same day that the U.S. Agency for International Development ended its 20-year presence in Russia, President Vladimir Putin proposed bringing nonprofit groups that provide social services under closer government supervision

(The Moscow Times)




A first toll road has opened in the south of the Moscow region. It will now cost 30 rubles (almost $1) for drivers of cars and 45 rubles ($1.5) for truck drivers to drive on the Don federal highway



The number of mortgages issued this year could reach record levels, with 933,000 deals worth 1 trillion rubles expected to be financed in the real estate market

(The Moscow Times)




Gazprom Marketing and Trading Singapore (GM&TS), part of Russian energy giant Gazprom, has signed a 20-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract with India’s GAIL





The state and government administration in Belarus will be downsized by 25 to 30 percent, President Alexander Lukashenko said. The cuts will mainly affect “the top,” eliminating superfluous functions and allowing an increase in civil servants’ wages as a result, he said.

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta)




Moscow's Tverskoi Court declared the American anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" extremist on Monday, the latest in a series of legal moves against it in Russia



Russia’s socialite-turned-opposition activist Ksenia Sobchak is the most popular opposition activists in the country, according to a survey. However, most of the polled described her actions as negative



One third of all students in Russian schools will be migrants in eight or ten years, according to experts. Currently some 15 percent of all Russian school students do not speak Russian as a native language

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)




Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg paid a visit to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday during a trip coinciding with the social network's push to recruit programmers and tap coding talent in Russia

(The Moscow Times)




Confusion descended upon a Moscow city court once again in the courtroom proceedings of feminist punk group Pussy Riot, as one member unexpectedly fired her lawyer during an appeal hearing on Monday, sparking allegations from prosecutors of deliberate delay



Urals news site confirmed that its chief accountant, Natalya Popova, has been released from detention





Greenpeace Russia is planning to appeal to prosecutors to investigate construction work on a new metro line beneath protected woodland in southern Moscow

(The Moscow Times)


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