Russian Press at a Glance, Monday, May 21, 2012


Presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich, will get huge powers as a new deputy prime minister, in Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s government.


Experts say the appointment of Uralvagonzavod foreman Igor Kholmanskikh as presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District will not be negatively perceived by elites unless they see a threat in him.


Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev insisted that the “reset” was still on during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a weekend G8 summit at Camp David.

(The Moscow Times)

President Vladimir Putin’s decision to skip the G8 summit in Camp David gave Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev an opportunity to find himself in the company of world leaders again.


Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is not having an easy time forming a Cabinet, as many of those he invited did not want to work in the government. Officials say the list of candidates will be announced on Monday.

(The Moscow Times)


Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has submitted draft amendments to the 2012 city budget to the city Duma. The budget deficit will nearly remain unchanged at 253 billion rubles ($8.1 billion).



The Kremlin has compiled a dossier on the 126 members of the Public Chamber measuring their degree of loyalty and whether they would be willing to act on Kremlin orders.

(Novaya Gazeta)

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to cut the number of flashing blue lights used by officials to ignore traffic signals and use special lanes to 569 from nearly a thousand.


Round-the-clock anti-Kremlin protests drew hundreds of people to the streets over the weekend for another creative stroll, and the police forced the opposition’s outdoor camp to relocate to another site in the city center.

(The Moscow Times)

The Health Ministry has submitted to the government a radical antismoking bill raising cigarette prices and banning smoking in all places except for the street and the smoker’s home.

(Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


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