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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.