Russia and CIS news summary for Wednesday: 2

MOSCOW – – Federal budget resources amounting to 150 million roubles will be allocated this year to equip seven regional bus terminals with security systems. The money will be also used to install traffic controlling equipment at 12 Federal roads via which buses from those terminals ride, a Russian Transport Ministry official told Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Such pilot zones are to appear on routes leading from the North Caucasus to Moscow. Bus terminals in Makhachkala, Nazran, Nalchik, Vladikavkaz, Grozny, Cherkessk, and Nevinnomyssk are to be provided with security systems.


KHABAROVSK – – There are about 7,500 extremist websites in Russia, Russia’s Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said on Wednesday.

He said it was necessary to design a complex of measures to limit the Internet resources of the kind.

“We have introduced amendments to the federal law on mass media, and from now on Internet sites may be considered on certain occasions as media,” he told a visiting meeting of inter-ministerial commission on fighting extremism in Russia.


KHABAROVSK – – The Ministry of Regional Development said there are over 79,500 cheated investors in housing construction in the country.

“At present, Russia has 828 problem construction sites where the rights of more than 79,500 people have been violated, including 2,600 residents of the Far East with its 37 problem housing projects,” Deputy Regional Development Minister Roman Panov said at a visiting session of the interdepartmental commission for counteracting extremism in Russia on Wednesday.


MOSCOW – – Russia’s Saturn enterprise /in the city of Rybinsk, the Yaroslavl Region/ signed a contract with the Ministry of Industry and Trade on design of innovative technologies in promising sea gas turbine equipment for civil needs, the enterprise’s press service reported on Wednesday.

“The new contract will become a logical continuation of the work we are finalising this year on design of civil sea /vessel/ long-resource multi-fuel gas turbine engine with the capacity of eight megawatts, which Saturn is making under the order from Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, too,” the source said.


KHABAROVSK – – Presidential envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District Viktor Ishayev said the rate of extremism and ethnic and religious conflicts in the region was low. He was speaking at a visiting session of the inter-departmental commission for counteracting extremism in Russia, chaired by Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev.

Ishayev described the situation in the federal district “as on the whole stable and under control.”


MOSCOW – – The number of electors in Russia in total makes 109,983,274 as of July 1, Secretary of Russia’s Central Elections Commission Nikolai Konkin said on Wednesday.

Against January 1 of the current year, the number decreased only by 0.06 percent, he added.

On the territory of the Russian Federation 108,153,615 voters are registered. All other electors are outside the country and during the State Duma and the presidential elections they will be able to vote where they stay.


MOSCOW – – The Russian aircraft making corporation MiG has begun the execution of the contract to supply 29 deck fighters MiG-29K/KUB to India, MiG director general Sergei Korotkov told reporters on Wednesday.

The assembly of the first fighter from the batch officially began at a Corporation’s shop earlier in the day.


MOSCOW – – There is no sufficient control over security on Russian inland water transport facilities, the Russian Prosecutor’s general declared as a result of sweeping checks conducted after the shipwreck of the Bulgaria passenger cruise boat.

The absence of proper state control in this field arouses particular concern. It was established that the River Register issues licenses to ships which do not conform to the established norm, spokeswoman for the Russian Prosecutor’s General Marina Gridneva told Itar-Tass.


MOSCOW – – Head of the Russian Grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky expects grain harvest in Russia in 2011 to amount to 87-94 million tons, he told a press conference on Wednesday.

“Our estimate is 87-94 million tons or a little more than promised earlier, ” he said. “The volume of standing crop is very good – over 90 million tons. It is not known yet how much will be harvested, using the machinery available, but it is obvious that we will not manage to harvest all the grain within the optimal period. We are pressed for time to manage in good weather,” Zlochevsky admitted.


MOSCOW – – Russia has been creating a new market for grain exports to the Asian- Pacific region, President of the Russian Grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky told journalists on Wednesday.

In August, Russia will be able to export up to 3. 5 million tons of grain, which might possibly prove a deadline because of infrastructure problems. In July 2011 more than two million tons of grain were put aside for exports, Zlochevsky said.

Russia’s grain export record was set in October 2007 when 3, 140,000 tons of Russian grain were exported.


MINSK – – Belarus may run the negative balance of foreign trade of 5.7-5.9 billion dollars in 2011, Roman Brodov, the chief of the main department of foreign economic policy of the Belarussian Ministry of Economy, told a news conference on Wednesday.

“Our estimate of the foreign trade balance for 2011 is close to the forecast of social and economic development – the negative balance of 5.7-5.9 billion dollars,” he said.

Brodov recalled that in the first six months of the year Belarus ran the negative balance of foreign trade of 4,467.3 million dollars.


KIEV – – Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov assured that there would not be financial turmoil in Ukraine and that stability of the national currency is provided.

“Financial turmoil will not happen in Ukraine, despite the intentions of some politicians to stir intently the alarming mood in society,” he told a meeting of the government. “The government together with the National Bank firmly controls situation.”

“Ukraine citizens may rely firmly on financial stability in the country, on stability of the national currency,” he continued. “We have all the resources and economic potential to provide stability of hryvna, even at the stage of overcoming the crisis.”

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