Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, May 31, 2011



Jailed former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev have filed an application for parole in a Moscow district court. They continue to their guilt. (Kommersant, Vedomosti)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin confirmed on Monday that the government would not return to a discussion of the increase in retirement age for five years. Experts believe it is a political move on the eve of presidential elections, and the changes should be expected in 2015.  (Kommersant)

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon will meet in Moscow on Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and head of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bilateral relations. (Kommersant)

The expected appointment of Michael McFaul, a current senior director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, as an ambassador to Russia, may improve bilateral ties. (Izvestia)



Germany may soon become the first industrialized country to abandon the use of nuclear energy. The German government announced on Monday that all its nuclear power plants could be shut down by 2022. (Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Vedomosti)

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday that all Balkan countries were welcome to join the alliance. (Kommersant)



Russia’s largest airport, Moscow-based Domodedovo, has postponed an initial public offering (IPO) over weak market. (Kommersant, Vedomosti, Izvestia)

The planned lifting of embargo on grain exports in June may help Russian producers, but could lead to high inflation. (Izvestia, Vedomosti)

The Russian parliament has held hearing on giving preferred treatment to foreign companies whish would risk investing billions of dollars in the risky development of new natural gas deposits in Siberia and on Russia’s Arctic shelf. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

The first official batch of new Apple iPad2 was sold in Russia over the weekend. The sales started on Friday and surpassed all expectations. The most expensive models were the first to go. (Kommersant, Vedomosti)

Sweden’s IKEA is planning to become the first foreign retailer to set up its own bank in Russia. (Kommersant)

Russia has banned imports of vegetables from Germany and Spain due to a deadly E. coli outbreak. Officials say the move would not affect grocery prices. (Izvestia)

Rostelecom is planning to become Russia’s largest provider of pay-TV services in the next four years through a network of independent local Internet providers. (Vedomosti)



Russian Standard group has entered a high-risk pension insurance business by acquiring a non-state pension fund. (Kommersant)



Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the government to increase spending for child healthcare in light of the poor demographic situation in the country. (Kommersant, Izvestia)

The planned reduction of Moscow’s police force by 10,000 will involve mainly support personnel, while about 64,000 policemen will continue maintaining law and order in the Russian capital. (Kommersant)

Prosecutors ruled on Monday that Oleg Silchenko, an investigator in the Magnitsky case, had not violated any federal laws in “pressing criminal charges and arresting” the suspect, as well as extending his custody pending trial. (Kommersant)

Moscow courts are currently holding hearings on at least 80 child sex abuse cases. Interview with top Moscow investigator Vadim Yakovenko. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

More than a third of Russians believe that their work is absolutely worthless for society, expert polls reveal. (Vedomosti)


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