February 4, 2010 / 8:37 AM / 11 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Feb 4

MOSCOW, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The following are some of the leading stories in Russia’s newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

KOMMERSANT

www.kommersant.ru

- A state committee on foreign investment has approved a merger of Russia’s Vimpelcom mobile phone services provider with Ukraine’s KyievStar firm to set up a joint mobile operator.

- The world’s largest titanium producer, VSMPO-Avisma (VSMO.MM), is said to be in talks to sign a long term supply contract with Russian aircraft producer OAK, the daily says, citing sources.

VEDOMOSTI

www.vedomosti.ru

- Russia’s state-run United Grain company is planning to increase its export capacity to at least 5 million tonnes in the very near future, head of the state holding Sergei Levin says in an interview.

- This year the government will be able to support 1.2 million jobless people against 2.8 million it helped last year, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said on Wednesday.

- Italian-Czech insurance holding GeneraliPPF is considering ways of entering Russia’s military insurance company, which was set up in 1992 to cover risks the military could face.

GAZETA

www.gzt.ru

- Russia’s museums and churches are fighting over religious treasures, the daily says, referring to what it says are growing emotions over a decision to return confiscated icons and churches confiscated in 1917 to the Orthodox Church.

NEZAVISISMAYA GAZETA

www.ng.ru

- Russia’s businessmen are urging natural gas monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM) to retract plans to raise prices for domestic gas consumers to bring them in line with export prices, which are considerably higher.

IZVZESTIA

www.izvestia.ru

- A senior member of Russia’s parliament, Mikhail Margelov, has gone to the United States to probe into the readiness of U.S. senators to ratify a new nuclear arms treaty to be signed between the two powers in the spring. The future of US-Russian relations depends on that ratification, he is quoted as saying.

- President Dmitry Medvedev has demanded an investigation should be conducted to find out the reason 12 teenagers in a boarding school in Izhevsk had opened their veins.

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