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News summary for December 25

December 26, 2012, 8:49 UTC+3

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MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree approving the rules for the provision and distribution in 2013-2014 of subsidies from the federal budget to RF subjects for information and navigation support of automobile routes on the North-South and East-West transport corridors, the RF government’s press service reported.


WASHINGTON — The Puerto Rican adoptive parents invited Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and her colleagues to visit the island to learn personally how Russian children live in local families. Laura Alvarez, the co-founder of the Russian-Puerto Rican fund of support to education and the mother of four Russian adopted children, sent a relevant letter to the speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament on Monday.


MOSCOW — A festive divine liturgy will be officiated at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral on Tuesday on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the victory in the Patriotic War in 1812. On this day in 1813 Russian Emperor Alexander the First signed two His Highness Manifests on the driving the enemy outside the Russian Imperia and on the construction of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow in marking the victory over Napoleon.


MOSCOW — The Russian government opposed the confiscation of the cars from drunken drivers, the press service of the Russian government reported on Tuesday. “The Russian government submitted in the State Duma an official response to the bill introducing the amendments in Article 12.8 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences, which State Duma deputy Sergei Ivanov moved in,” the government said in a statement.


YEKATERINBURG — A life-size T-34 tank mock-up made of snow has been put on display in front of the administration building of a penitentiary in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region. The T-34 mock-up won a contest of snow sculptures that is traditionally held among Sverdlovsk region penitentiaries on the eve of New Year holidays. The authors, prisoners of penitentiary number 23, will be awarded diplomas and sweets.


YEKATERINBURG — Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Yevgeny Kuivashev held a public presentation of Russia’s application file (Bid Book) for the hosting of the World Exhibition EXPO-2020 in Yekaterinburg, that was officially submitted to the headquarters of the Bureau of International Exhibitions in Paris at the beginning of December.


MURMANSK — A squadron of ships of the Russian Northern Fleet comprising the Severomorsk large ASW ship, the Altai rescue tug and the Dubna medium sea tanker on Tuesday entered the North Sea from the Norwegian Sea, covering one thousand nautical miles, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga told Itar-Tass.


MOSCOW — The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations send the relief supplies to Tuva, where the heating supply was disrupted in the settlement Khovu-Aksy, the information department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


VLADIVOSTOK — The strong towboat Lazurit came for help to the bulk carrier Samarga, drifting in distress in the Sea of Japan, from Vladivostok on Tuesday morning. The towboat is facing the task to tug the bulk carrier to the closest South Korea port Donghae, captain of the seaport Vladivostok Alexander Kuvshinov said.


VLADIVOSTOK — Over 300 kilometres of roads are closed for all vehicles in Kolyma over a strong cyclone, the duty service of the local road maintenance company told Itar-Tass by phone on Tuesday.


MOSCOW — The rupture of a heat supply pipeline in Oryol left some 1,500 people freezing in their apartments, an official at the Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


ODESSA – Thick fog that has enveloped the environs of Odessa, Ukraine’s largest city on the Black Sea and home to a million people, has called the cancelation of over a dozen flights international and domestic flights at the local airport, Maria Popovich, the press secretary of the air hub said Tuesday night.


ASTANA — A military transport plane crashed in the south of Kazakhstan on Tuesday, December 25, the news agency Kazinform said. The plane belonged to the border guard service. “There were 7 crewmembers and 20 army personnel, including acting director of the border guard service, Colonel Turganbek Stambekov, aboard the An-72 plane,” the national security committee said.


KIEV — A Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Interior Troops crashed at the Aleksandria airfield in the Kirovograd region on Tuesday, December 25.


PYATIGORSK — Police in the North Caucasus have destroyed 379 gunmen, including 48 senior militants this year, director of the Interior Ministry's department for the North Caucasus Federal District Sergei Chenchik told reporters. As of December 24, 348 terrorism-related crimes had been committed in the region.


ULAN-UDE — The OMON police sappers defused a combat grenade F-1 in the hall of the children’s outpatient clinic in the settlement Vostochny in the city Chita on Tuesday morning, the press service of the Baikal territorial police department told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


ULAN-UDE — A court in the Baikal region sentenced a police officer to three years and eight months in a penal colony for causing a road accident in which a 19-year-old student died, an official at the regional department of the Investigative Committee /SK/ told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


NALCHIK — Unidentified assailants shot and killed rector of Kabardino-Balkaria's State Academy of Agriculture Boris Zherukov in his office in Nalchik, the Investigative Committee reported.


NALCHIK — Police in Kabardino-Balkaria are looking for two killers of rector of Kabardino-Balkaria's State Academy of Agriculture Boris Zherukov. He was shot and killed in his office in Nalchik earlier in the day. Two unidentified persons entered his office at around 11:00, Moscow time, and fired shots at him. Zherukov died of his wounds on the spot, an official at the regional department of the Investigative Committee reported.


NALCHIK — Kabardino-Balkaria leader Arsen Kanokov held an emergency conference with law-enforcement officials to discuss the crime situation in the republic, following the murder of an academy rector, Kanokov's press service told Itar-Tass.


MOSCOW — Kabardino-Balkaria's investigators opened a criminal case over the murder in Nalchik of rector of State Academy of Agriculture /KBGSKhA/ Boris Zherukov, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


MOSCOW — The Investigative Committee says it has suspects in the criminal case over the murder of rector of Kabardino-Balkaria's academy of agriculture Boris Zherukov.


MOSCOW — Director of the Kopeisk penitentiary Denis Mekhanov has been detained within the case of extortion of money from inmates, an official at the Investigative Committee told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


YEKATERINBURG — Director of the Kopeisk penitentiary Denis Mekhanov has been charged with exceeding his authority, spokesman for the regional department of the Investigative Committee /SK/ Valentin Vedernikov told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


YEREVAN — Russian borderguards have detained dozens of border violators in Armenia in 2012, chief of the border department of the Russian Federal Security Service in Armenia Viktor Vlasov said on Tuesday, summing up the results of the outgoing year.


MOSCOW — Moscow's Khoroshevsky court on Tuesday began to review the criminal case over the abduction of Ivan Kaspersky, son of a well-known anti-virus software designer.


MOSCOW - The Investigative Committee seeks to arraign State Duma lawmakers Konstantin Shirshov and Oleg Mikheyev and asks to strip them of immunity.


MOSCOW — The Novosibirsk regional court on Tuesday sentenced gang leader Alexander Trunov to 22 years in a maximum security penitentiary, finding him guilty of masterminding four contract hits and other violent crimes, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.


KIEV — Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov believes that it is quite possible to find compromise solutions to issues of his country’s relations with both the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and with the European Union.


SUKHUM — Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address to the parliament on Tuesday, December 25. This is his first address since his election as president in August 2011.


SUKHUM — Abkhazia and Russia have signed 69 bilateral agreements that cover key areas of interstate relations, Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab said in his annual address to the parliament on Tuesday, December 25.


SUKHUM — Broad international recognition of Abkhazia remains on the country’s foreign policy agenda and the Abkhazian leadership is working systemically to create conditions for progress in this process, Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab said.


NEW DELHI — The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the State Bank of India signed a memorandum to invest 1 billion dollars each in joint projects. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the signing ceremony. The document was signed by RDIF Director-General Kirill Dmitriev and President of the Bank of India Pratip Chaudhuri.


KHABAROVSK — The second line of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline was commissioned. The ceremony to commission the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean second line of the oil pipeline was held in Khabarovsk on Tuesday.


MOSCOW — Russia’s S7 Airlines, one of the biggest ones in the country, resumes charter flights to European destinations in the winter period, the company said in a press release on Monday.


ASTANA — The preliminary results of the socio-economic situation in Kazakhstan by the end of the current year “testify to the positive dynamics of the country’s development,” Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov of the republic said at a meeting of the government on Tuesday.


KHABAROVSK — Phase two of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline was commissioned here on Tuesday. Phase one of the oil pipeline (ESPO-1) with an overall length of 2,694 kilometers was commissioned in December 2009 to pump oil from Taishet in the Irkutsk region to Skovorodino in the Amur region.


NOVO-OGAREVO — The capacity of the Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline can be increased to 45 million tons per year with the commissioning of its second stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who took part via video link in the pipeline putting into operation ceremony.


MOSCOW — More than 300,000 tons of Pacific salmon is planned to be caught in 2013, according to participants in a meeting of the Far Eastern salmon council that was held in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok on Tuesday.


KIEV — Ukraine’s state budget for 2013 will be a survival budget that will require austerity policies, President Viktor Yanukovich said on Tuesday.


KIEV – Ukraine’s state automobile road agency Ukravtodor will issue bonds worth $ 1.75 billion, says a resolution that the national government published Tuesday.


KIEV — Ukraine’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will go up by one percent this year, President Viktor Yanukovich said during Tuesday’s meeting of the Council of Regions.


KHABAROVSK — The railway traffic was launched through the new Kuznetsovsky tunnel at the Far Easter Rail Road’s section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Sovetskaya Gavan starting from Tuesday. The tunnel project, which is one of the biggest infrastructure projects for the Russian railways network, was completed six months ahead of the schedule.


KEMEROVO — Miners of the Kemerovo region-based Chernigovets mine have produced the region’s record 200-millionth tonne of coal. Therefore, minster of the region raised the output by almost eight million tonnes in 2012.


ASTANA — Preliminary estimates of Kazakhstan’s social and economic situation of the current year “are evidenced on the upward dynamics of the country’s development,” Kazakhstani Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov told Tuesday’s meeting of the government.


MOSCOW — The Economic Development Ministry has submitted to the Russian government a draft project on the setting up of a special economic zone (SEZ) of industrial and manufacturing type in the Kaluga region, Deputy Economic Development Minister Oleg Savelyev told reporters on Tuesday.


KAZAN — Over 159 billion roubles will be invested in major house repairs in Russia in 2013-2015, Housing and Utility Reform Fund Director-General Konstantin Tsitsin said on Tuesday, December 25.


MOSCOW — Rostelecom announces that the company has completed the acquisition of 140,315,416 additional ordinary nominal book-entry shares in Svyazinvest for a total cash consideration of 1,720.267 million roubles.


MOSCOW — The suggestion of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East (Minvostokrazvitiya) to sell the entire commercial stock of Far Eastern fish at the exchange market cannot be realized, Andrei Krainiy, the head of the Federal Agency of Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo), told a press conference on Tuesday that summed up the results of the functioning of Russia’s fishery complex in 2012.


MOSCOW — The Russian fisheries lose some 600-700 million U.S. dollars from poaching every year, Federal Fisheries Agency Head Andrei Krainy said.


ST. PETERSBURG— The German automobile maker MAN has postponed the opening of a truck plant in St. Petersburg until the first quarter of 2013. The head of the city’s committee on economic development, industrial policy and trade, Igor Golikov, said on Tuesday, December 25, that the delay was caused by the company’s economic operations.


MOSCOW — The first filling station under the GAZPROM brand has been opened in Romania by the Gazprom Neft subsidiary NIS (Naftna Industrija Srbije). The station is located in Sibiu, 300 kilometres from Bucharest at International Highway E68 Bucharest-Budapest-Vienna.


MOSCOW — The TNK-BP management has presented a report to leading NGOs on the company’s key projects to minimise its environmental impact in 2012, including the latest data on its associated gas utilisation, incident rates, pipeline replacement program and legacy pollution remediation, the company said in a statement on Tuesday, December 25 .


KIEV — Igor Sorkin was appointed acting chairman of Ukraine’s National Bank on Tuesday, December 25.


MOSCOW — The committee for constitutional legislation under the Federation Council upper house of the Russian parliament on Tuesday recommended the house to approve the bill retaliating for the "Magnitsky Act," which envisions a ban for U.S. citizens to adopt Russian children. The committee issued the recommendation after discussing the document earlier in the day. Journalists were not present at the discussion.


MOSCOW— The decision to ban the adoption of Russian children by Americans will not result in any breach of Russia’s international obligations, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said. “Some ministers have expressed the view which is not prevailing at the same time. Often certain ministers point out aspects that concern their jurisdiction,” Peskov told Ekho Moskvy Radio on Tuesday, December 25.


KIEV — Top priorities for the Ukrainian government in 2013 will be the improvement of social standards and the introduction of a new economic growth model, President Viktor Yanukovich said on Tuesday at a meeting of the Council of Regions.


KAZAN — Konstantin Tsitsin, the director general of the state-run corporation – the fund to promote the reform of the housing and public utilities sector will sum up the working results for 2007-2012 and will discuss the prospects for 2013-2015 at an all-Russia meeting in the capital of Tatarstan on Tuesday, the press service of the state-owned corporation told Itar-Tass.


PENZA — A record-breaking traditional Russian cold soup, okroshka, weighing more than 600 kilograms that was cooked this summer in the Penza region has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records.







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