Russian Press at a Glance, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today


Russia condemned Ukrainian nationalists on Tuesday for disrupting Victory Day celebrations in the west Ukrainian city of Lvov. The Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II is still celebrated across the former Soviet Union

(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)

The international coalition launched its biggest airstrike on the Libyan capital Tripoli since the NATO-led military operation began in mid-March. Meanwhile, Libyan opposition and western media give conflicting reports on the health of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has not been seen in public for more than 10 days

(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

Trials of former Belarusian presidential candidates, charged with taking part in anti-government protests in December, continued in Minsk this week. Experts say there is little chance the defendants will walk free, despite pressure from the West

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta)


Greece’s 110 billion euro bailout package from the European Union may not be enough to save the country from default, the sum may be bumped up to 170 million euro



Russia’s State-controlled Russian Helicopters has delayed a $500 million London IPO, informed sources said

(The Moscow Times, Kommersant)

Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot will buy Boeing B-777 aircraft at a discount of almost 50 percent on the expected price



Masataka Shimizu, who heads Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), has requested financial help from the government, saying his company does not have enough funds to pay compensation to those affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster



Microsoft Corp is to buy the Internet telephone company Skype for $8.5 billion in cash from an investor group led by the Silver Lake private investment fund

(Vedomosti, Izvestia)

Russian state-controlled telecoms giant Rostelecom, officially the only telecommunications company permitted to create infrastructure for the country’s electronic government service, rolled out a new version of the e-government portal at the country’s biggest telecommunications event of the year, Svyaz-Expocomm, held annually at the Expocenter

(The Moscow Times, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


Infrastructure builder Transstroimekhanizatsia, or TSM, has signed a 7.45 billion ruble ($268 million) contract to renovate the main runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, the company said

(The Moscow Times)


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expanded the powers of the Russian Security Council and its chairman

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)


Six senior regional police officers lost their jobs in the latest round of Kremlin-ordered sackings at the Interior Ministry, giving some observers hope that reform is really taking shape within the police force

(The Moscow Times)

President Dmitry Medvedev discussed a proposal to make communications with judges a matter of public record in an effort to stamp out “legal nihilism” and improve the rule of law. Despite his efforts, British arbitration courts face a large influx of fraud cases from Russia and the CIS. Most law firms in England now have to hire Russian specialists to keep up with demand

(The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

The Investigative Committee said on Tuesday that it has reopened a murky fraud case against Alexei Navalny, the whistleblowing blogger who has made powerful enemies with his corruption allegations

(The Moscow Times, Vedomosti, Kommersant, Izvestia)

Suicide attacks and police shootouts marred Victory Day celebrations in the North Caucasus. In the most recent incident, a police officer was killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Dagestan’s Makhachkala

(Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

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