Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated Moscow's offer to mediate in the conflict in Libya
(Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya, telling U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that it is the best way to avoid civilian casualties.
(The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)
OIL & GAS
Slovenia agreed to set up a joint venture with Gazprom to develop the South Stream gas pipeline to Central Europe
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
VEHICLES & ENGINEERING
Russians are in a hurry to buy Japanese-made cars, fearing radioactive pollution and delivery interruptions in the future
A building to house both chambers of the Russian parliament will be built near the Kremlin, on the site of the demolished Rossiya hotel
TELECOMS & IT
Yevroset Holding, billionaire Alexander Mamut's mobile phone retailer, plans to sell shares to the public and list in London to fund expansion.
(The Moscow Times, Vedomosti, Kommersant)
Ukraine's state prosecutor opened a criminal case against former president Leonid Kuchma for his suspected role in the murder of opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000
(The Moscow Times, Vedomosti, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
President Dmitry Medvedev submitted to the State Duma a long-awaited bill to provide the police with social security, a measure aimed at reducing rampant corruption. A lieutenant will earn double what he makes now.
(The Moscow Times, Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Izvestia)
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