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News summary for November 28

November 29, 2012, 9:03 UTC+3

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MOSCOW — Russia’s involvement in the armed conflict in Syria is out of the question, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, answering a question of the Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments and Facts) newspaper.


MOSCOW — Moscow has strongly condemned new acts of terrorism in Syria, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, November 28.


BELGRADE — Russia supports Belgrade’s stance on Kosovo, because it acts from the standpoint of international law, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — Russia will not permit Europe to avoid the debates on the Christian values and religious genocide, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani on Flag Day. In his greetings message on Wednesday, Putin said he hoped for further strengthening of relations between the two countries.


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 3, 2012 will pay a visit to Turkey for the third meeting of the Russian-Turkish top level cooperation council, the Kremlin’s press-service said.


MOSCOW — Russia intends to enlarge its presence in the Middle East region which is tired of conflicts, Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Sergei Stepashin declared at an opening meeting of the Society’s mission in Moscow on Wednesday.


BRUSSELS — Russia’s new permanent representative to NATO Alexander Grushko started officially working in Brussels on Wednesday, November 28. He met with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his new capacity.


ST.PETERSBURG — The development of the Arctic territory has been discussed at an international conference organized in the framework of Days of Yakutia in St.Petersburg.


BEIJING — Wen Jiabao, the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, will visit Kyrgyzstan and Russia on December 4 and December 6, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said here on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — Russia’s Federation Council has approved the federal budget for 2013 and the planned 2014-2015 period. Senators unanimously voted for the document. The federal budget will be submitted to the president for signature.


ASTANA — Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ordered to lift a moratorium on acquisition of subsoil use rights to develop new fields that entered into force in the Central Asian republic several years ago.


BISHKEK — Kyrgyzstan is interested in boosting economic cooperation with Russia, the Central Asian Republic’s Prime Minister, Zhantoro Satybaldiyev, said in his opening remarks to the second interregional conference of Russia and Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday.


BANGKOK — Indonesia has validated the international certificate for Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner, spokesman for the Indonesian Transport Ministry Bambang Ervan said.


MOSCOW — About half of Ukrainian banks are on the verge of bankruptcy, their accounts are frozen and payments on deposits and salary cards are suspended, the Russian News Service radio station said.


KIEV — Ukraine’s government will allocate additional funds to pay wages in December, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.


KIEV — Ukraine’s delegation has urgently left for Spain to clarify a row over Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa related to the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal in the Odessa region, local media reported on Wednesday with reference to a source in the government.


KIEV — Ukraine and Qatar will “successfully solve” questions concerning Qatari gas supplies to the country, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said in Doha on Wednesday, November 28.


BELGRADE — Russia and Serbia may sign a declaration of strategic partnership shortly, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said after talks with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic on Wednesday, November 28.


MOSCOW — The Anti-Crisis Fund of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) will gather on December 7 to consider the granting of a tranche to Belarus, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — Russia’s consumer prices continued growing in a week from November 20 to November 26 and edged up by 0.1 percent, the Federal State Statistics Service said in a regular report on Wednesday, adding that the indicator has grown by 6.1 percent since the beginning of the year and has increased by 0.4 since the beginning of the current month.


MOSCOW — Russian Railways and Peugeot Citroen have signed a shareholders’ agreement on the logistical company GEFCO. Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, and Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Managing Board of Peugeot S.A., signed the agreement on GEFCO SA, the parent company of the international logistics group GEFCO.


MOSCOW — MMC Norilsk Nickel has been named the Company of the Year in the “Metallurgy” category.


MOSCOW — Russia will build a multifunctional sport centre in Bethlehem in the street named after Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — Russia has expressed concern over the future of Christians in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a meeting of the Emperor’s Orthodox Palestine Society on Wednesday. In this respect he recalled that Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill made visits to Syria, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.


MOSCOW — Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Wednesday has sanctified a building of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society which re-opened in the center of Moscow after restoration.


MOSCOW — The Russian Orthodox Church is ready to take part in sending humanitarian aid to Syrian Christians, who were made homeless, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.


MOSCOW — Around 4,000 workers employed in the Federal Service for Control of Drugs (FSKN) have been dismissed in accordance with the presidential decree on the optimization of the number of the FSKN personnel, FSKN Chief Viktor Ivanov told journalists on Wednesday.


VLADIVOSTOK — The Russian Language Centre of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) has opened a testing unit for foreign nationals. Here, foreigners who arrive in the Primorsky Territory of Russia for work, study or permanent residence will be able to pass tests to determine the level of their command of the Russian language, in accordance with federal law, FEFU press service told Itar-Tass.


MOSCOW — The Federation Council has approved the budgets of the Pension Fund, the Mandatory Medical Insurance and Social Insurance Funds for 2013 and the projected period of 2014-2015.


MOSCOW — The Federation Council upper house of Russia’s parliament on Wednesday approved the law simplifying the visa issue procedure for the volunteers, staff and other organisers of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.


MOSCOW — The number of HIV-infected people has nearly doubled in Russia over the past five years, and some 200 people get infected every day, the head of the Federal AIDS Centre, Academician Vadim Pokrovsky said.


GORKI — The government commission that oversees foreign investments in Russia has approved the accession of a national Kazakh company to a project undertaken by the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).


VLADIVOSTOK — A squadron of Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships called at India’s port of Mumbai, the fleet’s press service said on Wednesday. The squadron under the command of Rear Admiral Vladimir Vdovenko includes the Marshall Shaposhnikov missile destroyer, the Irkut tanker and the Alatau rescue tug boat.


MOSCOW — The command strength and combat alert forces of the United Air Defence system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Wednesday will conduct an exercise in the Moscow Region, spokesman for the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (ADF) Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin told Itar-Tass.


MOSCOW — Investigarors said the military had nothing to do with the disappearance of the An-2 plane with passengers on board in the Ural region in June. "During the investigation into the criminal case, relatives of the An-2 passengers asked the Ural investigation department on the transport to check the information on the military's possible involvement in the disappearance of the plane with 12 passengers on board piloted by Khatip Kashapov," an Investigative Committee official told Itar-Tass.


MOSCOW — The command-staff drill of the United Air Defence System of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members began at the command post of the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (ADF) in the Moscow Region on Wednesday, ADF spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin told Itar-Tass.


YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK — The Russian Defence Ministry will hand over to the Sakhalin Region military towns and lands that are not used by the military. Before 2013 the regional government may sign with the Defence Ministry a set of documents regulating the process of transfer of former military sites to the ownership of Sakhalin and the Kurils.


MOSCOW — The Severodvinsk submarine fired the newest supersonic cruise missile under water that hit a surface target during trials in the White Sea, an informed source in the Russian defence industry told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, November 28.


MOSCOW — A plane of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has delivered a humanitarian consignment to Guinea, the ministry’s information department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday. “At 14:00 Moscow time an Il-76 plane with humanitarian aid onboard landed at the airport of Conakry,” the source said.


MOSCOW — The fire was put out at the Tambov powder plant, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Wednesday. The fire broke out at about 13:00 Moscow time on Wednesday in a shop of the powder plant in the town Kotovsk near Tambov. The fire has spread on a total of 200 square metres.


MOSCOW — The Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) has developed a draft interagency document that is to clearly regulate the work of the press services of various agencies in the event of a terrorist attack or other terrorism phenomena, NAC spokesman Nikolai Sintsov said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.


MOSCOW— Virtually all terrorist groups currently have their own Internet resources through which they try to promote their radical ideas, spokesman for the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) Nikolai Sintsov said at a press conference that focused on the “role of the media in countering terrorism.”


NOVOSIBIRSK — The Novosibirsk regional department of the Federal Service for Control over the Circulation of Drugs was busted. The drug trafficking gang had the channel for the delivery of synthetic drugs from Vladivostok to the Novosibirsk Region and other regions in the Siberian Federal District, the press service of the Novosibirsk regional department of the Russian drug watchdog reported on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — The Russian Investigation Committee has brought final accusations against the parents of a 8-month-old Anya Shkaptsova that staged her kidnapping to conceal the murder. The criminal case over the girl went missing in Bryansk was highly publicized. The police and volunteers have been participating in the search for her for more than two weeks.


MOSCOW — The number of cases against senior officers has doubled from 2011, head of the Main Military Investigation Department /GVSU/, Investigative Committee /SK/, Col-Gen Alexander Sorochkin said at an Internet conference on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — The total damage caused by crimes committed by the military, including the Oboronservis case, reaches 6.7 billion roubles, head of the Main Military Investigation Department /GVSU/ of the Investigative Committee, Col-Gen Alexander Sorochkin said on Wednesday. The damage caused within the Oboronservis case alone exceeds 4 billion roubles.


MOSCOW — The Investigation Committee /SK/ said it has arrested the third suspect in the Slavyanka case – director of the Security and Communications private company Andrei Lugansky.


MOSCOW — Military investigators are running four pre-investigation checks into the facts of sale of military property, head of the Main Military Investigation Department /GVSU/ of the Investigation Committee Alexander Sorochkin said on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — The Investigative Committee has opened a new case over fraud in Oboronservis's affiliates. Criminal proceedings have been instituted against officials of the Defense Ministry and executives of Oboronservis's affiliates over the sale of the Mosvoyentorg building in Arbat," SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — The Moscow City Court on Wednesday sentenced Ilyas Saidov to 15 years in prison for preparing an act of terror in Red Square on December 31, 2010. He will serve the sentence in a maximum security penitentiary. Saidov was found guilty of 18 counts of crime under six articles of the penal code. The prosecutor had demanded that Saidov be sentenced to 15 years.


MOSCOW — A 71- year-old department chief of Kuban State Medical University has been suspected of driving a mother of a five -month- old child to suicide and inflicting the boy's death, a source from the Investigative Committee (SK) told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.


PENZA — The Penza region court has sentenced former regional Agriculture Minister Marat Faizov to 7.5 years for taking a large bribe. Faizov will serve his sentence in a maximum security penitentiary. Also, the court ordered him to pay a 12-million-rouble fine which is a 60-time the sum of the bribe.


SMOLENSK — Other Russia activist Taisia Osipova, sentenced to eight years for drug sale, has been convoyed to the Tver region, her lawyer Natalia Shaposhnikova told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.


MOSCOW — Moscow's Tverskoi court on Wednesday sanctioned the arrest of former Federal Security Service Office Andrei Ponkin accused of extorting 1.5 million dollars, a Court official told Itar-Tass.


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