MOSCOW, March 18 (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.
- Russia and the United States appear to have serious intentions about signing a new arms reduction treaty ahead of a nuclear conference in Washington to take place in April, the daily says as U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton arrival in Moscow on Thursday.
- Trade at oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM) will not be “paralysed” by the injunctions issued by foreign courts in connection with claims from defunct oil firm YUKOS, whose assets were absorbed by Rosneft in 2007.
- Despite Venezuela’s nationalisation of its oil and gas industry, Russia is ready to enter the local market, the daily says, in view of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visit to Venezuela next month.
- Up to 150 insurers, including big players, could leave Russia’s market in 2010, the country’s largest insurance firm Rosgosstrakh’s President Danil Khachaturov says in an interview. Only five out of 50 large insurance companies will survive by 2015, he adds.
- Russia’s government could cut the number of time zones from 11 to 9 from March 28, the daily says.
- Russia’s military cleared on Wednesday 916 warheads of the second world war, 40 of which were still with explosive devices intact, which the workers found stored underground in the centre of Moscow.
- Russia’s Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin is in favour of increasing the tax burden for rich people.
- Russian parliamentarians might not ratify the new strategic arms treaty (START II) if the issue of the anti-missile shield is not considered, Boris Gryzlov, head of the lower chamber of parliament, is quoted as saying.