Main news of October 3


* NATO will soon complete its Libyan operation Unified Protector, the alliance’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said

* Britain denied it had imposed an entry ban on at least 60 Russian officials implicated in the death of Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

* Russia condemns “terrorist” acts against Syrian civilians and urges the opposition to abandon the tactics of violence and open negotiations with the authorities, the Russian Foreign Ministry sai

* A scientist awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discoveries about the immune system died on September 30


* Moscow again denied any involvement in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and challenged Britain to present any evidence to the contrary

* Russia’s ruling United Russia party denied accusations of violating electoral laws in the ongoing parliamentary election campaign

* The Russian Communist Party proposed that ethnicity be once again indicated in the passports of Russian citizens


* The Russian government will closely follow developments at the European offices of gas export monopoly Gazprom, which were searched last week by the European Union, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sai

* Gazprom is ready to supply gas to private Turkish companies if Turkey’s state gas pipeline operator Botas terminates its gas supply contract with the Russian gas exporter, Gazprom’s export head Alexander Medvedev said

* Belarus is seeking a $400 million loan from Iran and hopes to agree a new $7 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Amarin said

* Kazakhstan will introduce tax breaks and subsidies for major foreign investors, the industry minister of the energy-rich Asian country said

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