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PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Feb 6
February 6, 2009 / 8:02 AM / in 9 years

PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Feb 6

MOSCOW, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The following are some of the leading stories in Russia’s newspapers on Friday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

KOMMERSANT

www.kommersant.ru

- The head of the Russian Technologies state holding, Sergei Chemezov, is seeking state support and state credit guarantees worth a total of $7,22 billion, the daily reports.

- Russia’s Defence Ministry has admitted that about 200 aging MiG-29 fighter jets are not fit to fly, the daily reports.

- Carmaker AvtoVaz (AVAZ.MM), which produces the Lada brand, shut down its production lines on Thursday after failing to pay off debts to parts suppliers, the daily reports.

VEDOMOSTI

- The government will not buy stakes in private banks but it may ask state banks to issue additional shares, the newspaper reports, citing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

- Despite a sharp devaluation of the rouble in recent months, 87 percent of Russians still keep their savings in the Russian currency, according to the ROMIR polling agency.

- Russia’s main savings bank Sberbank (SBER.MM) has spent $300 million on a new office building, the daily says.

IZVESTIA

www.izvestia.ru

- Russia’s anti-monopoly agency (FAS) is ready to file law suits against 251 retailers for selling overpriced petrol, the head of the agency Igor Artemyev said on Thursday.

- The government could authorize state bank Sberbank to take on several thousand students who took out student loans at Bank Soyuz, which closed its educational programme due to liquidity problems.

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

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- The cost of the proposed Nord Stream oil pipeline from Russia to Germany has tripled since its initial presentation to the Russian government, the daily reports.

- Russia’s police have solved 88 percent of 20,056 murders and assassinations committed last year, a senior police official was quoted as saying.

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