Topic: Top stories of the day
A roundup of what has happened in the last 24 hours
*The Free Syria Army has warned airlines to suspend service to Damascus and Aleppo, saying rebel forces could begin attacking airports in the two cities as early as next Tuesday, the London-based daily Asharq Alawsat reported on Friday, citing the FSA's high command.
*It is unacceptable for U.S.-Russian relations to fall hostage to U.S. election debates, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said in comments on Mitt Romney’s presidential nomination acceptance speech.
*Police in Russia's Volga city of Kazan have arrested a man on suspicion of the murder of two women whose bodies were found beneath a scrawled message demanding the release of three jailed members of the anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot.
*Russia needs a civil society, but one where gays are put in rehab and the opposition is locked in a political ghetto, said Christian activists who tear “blasphemous” T-shirts off people and barge into theaters and museums to preach.
*Moscow’s opposition has applied to hold the third “March of Millions” on September 15 that will be held under the slogan for “Snap Elections! and Against Repression!” opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov said.
*Two Borey class strategic nuclear-powered submarines, the Yuri Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky, will enter service with the Russian Navy, one with the North Fleet and the other with the Pacific Fleet, Anatoly Shlemov, head of defense contracts at the United Shipbuilding Corporation, said.
*Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin to draft proposals for restructuring the national space industry after a string of mishaps that he said have compromised Russia’s image as a leading space power.
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News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.