Subscription and demo access


 
About Interfax
Press Releases
Products & Services
Contact us
Customer Login
 


Headlines
 

12/17 20:46   'Non-citizens' issue remains in Estonia - Russian ambassador
 
12/17 20:45   Armenia says honors commitments in biological laboratory researches
 
12/17 20:40   Volker's statements on Kerch incident reveal who are its 'authors' - State Duma's Slutsky
 
12/17 20:32   Oreshkin to participate in WTO Ministerial Conference on WEF's sidelines
 
12/17 20:29   Rappers have right to perform their music - Russian human rights commissioner
 
12/17 20:14   ORESHKIN TO PARTICIPATE IN WTO MINISTERIAL MEETING ON SIDELINES OF DAVOS FORUM
 
12/17 20:07   Conniving with extremists leads to chaos - Putin
 
12/17 20:00   Putin tells human rights council he has nothing against Network extremists' advocate Ponomaryov
 
12/17 19:56   Ruble little changed against dollar, euro in evening trading
 
12/17 19:53   Melnichenko's SUEK Group interested in running Siberian inter-regional grid co (Part 2)
 




 

Interfax.com  |  Interfax news  |  Moscow press review for November 29, 2017


News headlines


November 29, 2017 09:22

Moscow press review for November 29, 2017

MOSCOW. Nov 29 (Interfax) - The following is a digest of Moscow newspapers published on November 29. Interfax does not accept liability for information in these stories.

POLITICS & ECONOMICS

President Vladimir Putin has announced a "reboot" of Russia's population policy due to the deterioration of the demographic situation in the country. New measures include the extension of maternity benefits to 2022, a monthly benefit equivalent to 30% of the average wage to families with a first child and co-financing of mortgages for families with more than one child. Spending on the program will be limited to 200 billion rubles in 2018-2020 (Kommersant, p. 1; Vedomosti, p. 4).

Russia might set up a new fund for investment abroad for companies that will help exporters win foreign markets. The fund of 20 billion rubles, proposed by the Russian Export Center, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Industry Development Fund, will acquire equity stakes in projects and companies with a high share of exports in revenue but problems raising loans on debt markets, as well as help small and medium businesses finance adaptation of production for exports (Vedomosti, p. 5).

OIL & GAS

Rosneft is trying to revive a project to build the Indiga port on the Barents Sea and an oil pipeline to it, which was abandoned 10 years ago due to unprofitability. The state oil major wants to ship oil from the Trebs and Titov fields through it, as it is having a disagreement with Lukoil over the cost of transshipment through its Varandei terminal. Sources said the idea, which would cost hundreds of billions of rubles, is not viable (Kommersant, p. 1).

METALS & MINING

Billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Vladimir Potanin have given up on the idea of merging UC Rusal and Norilsk Nickel to form a Russian mining and metals giant that would be a global leader on the aluminum, nickel, copper, platinum and palladium markets. They have decided that the companies are different and a merger would not result in synergies, Potanin said (Vedomosti, p. 1).

Interview: Vladimir Potanin, President of Norilsk Nickel (Vedomosti, p. 8).

BANKING, FINANCE & INSURANCE

Russia's Federal Tax Service wants to help resolve the problem of dormant bank accounts by disclosing such information to companies and individuals that file such a request at any tax office. The option could be helpful, as banks often continue charging commissions even on accounts that have not been used for years. But lawyers warned the idea could lead to leaks of confidential information (Kommersant, p. 1).

Russia's largest state and private lenders, Sberbank and Alfa Bank have carried out the first payment transaction using blockchain technology. Mobile provider MegaFon transferred 1 million rubles on November 28 from an account at Alfa Bank to an account of its subsidiary Megalabs at Sberbank and the transaction was verified with four servers. Blockchain dramatically reduces the duration and cost of bank transfers and is expected to cut IT infrastructure costs (Vedomosti, p. 10).

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

Absolut Group, one of the biggest landlords in Moscow Region, has lost the rights to 47.2 hectares of land in New Moscow in a lawsuit filed by the city's environmental prosecutor. Almost all of the disputed property is covered by a lake. Absolut has property nearby where it planned to build a residential community and having a private lake close by would have increased the price of homes in the development (Vedomosti, p. 11).

TELECOMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY

Nord Stream 2 CEO Matthias Warnig, a former Stasi member and longtime acquaintance of President Vladimir Putin, has acquired a stake in New Cloud Technologies from the Russian software developer's controlling shareholder Andrei Cheglakov. The company's founder hopes having Warnig as a shareholder will enable the MyOffice developer to hold talks with global technology giants (Vedomosti, p. 10).

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Platov Airport near Rostov, the first greenfield airport built in post-Soviet Russia, will be the most expensive in the country. Platov's takeoff and landing fees will be 60% higher than at the city's old airport, air safety fees will be 220% higher and passenger service fees will be 100%-300% higher. The fees, approved by the Antimonopoly Service to the end of 2022, are expected to push up ticket prices (Vedomosti, p. 11).

AUTOMOTIVE & ENGINEERING

The launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome failed to put a Meteor-M2-1 weather satellite into orbit due to a malfunction in the Fregat upper stage. Two commissions have been set up to investigate. A great deal depends on the results of the probes, from decisions to cancel the next launch from Vostochny scheduled for December 22 and conduct a total inspection of Fregat assembly to measures against Roscosmos senior managers (Kommersant, p. 1).

AGRICULTURE, FISHING & FORESTRY

United Shipbuilding Corporation has asked the Russian government to preserve the current mechanism for distributing crab fishing quotas and to keep crab on the list for investment quotas granted for ordering new fishing vessels. Otherwise, USC's Khabarovsk Shipyard could face bankruptcy. Market players have plenty of revenue to order new vessels, but only investment quotas will push them to do so, experts believe (Kommersant, p. 5).

Vp ak

(Our editorial staff can be reached at eng.editors@interfax.ru)

/Interfax/
 Subscription
You can access a demo version of, receive more information about or subscribe to Interfax publications by filling in and returning the form below. We also have dozens of reports in the Russian language, please indicate if you are interested.
Title:


Phone:


E-mail:


First name:


Company:


Country:
Last name:


Division:


City:
Products:
Central Asia & Caucasus Business Weekly
Central Asia General Newswire
Global Gas Analytics
Global Natural Gas Daily
Interfax Via Bloomberg Terminal
Kazakhstan General Newswire
Kazakhstan Mining Weekly
Kazakhstan Oil & Gas Weekly
Russia & CIS Announcements
Russia & CIS Banking and Finance Weekly
Russia & CIS Business and Financial Daily
Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire
Russia & CIS Business and Investment Weekly
Russia & CIS Business Law Weekly
Russia & CIS Business news
Russia & CIS Defense Industry Weekly
Russia & CIS Diplomatic Panorama
Russia & CIS Energy Daily
Russia & CIS Energy Newswire
Russia & CIS Events Calendar
Russia & CIS Food and Agriculture Weekly
Russia & CIS General Newswire
Russia & CIS Headline News
Russia & CIS Insurance Weekly
Russia & CIS IT and Telecom Weekly
Russia & CIS Metals and Mining Weekly
Russia & CIS Military Daily
Russia & CIS Military Newswire
Russia & CIS Military Weekly
Russia & CIS Oil and Gas Weekly
Russia & CIS Presidential Bulletin
Russia & CIS Statistics Weekly
Russia Health & Pharmaceuticals
Russia Market Roundup
Russia Press Review
Ukraine Business Daily
Ukraine Business Weekly
Ukraine General Newswire
Please enter the digits from picture in the box below:

December 17, 2018
 
20:32
Oreshkin to participate in WTO Ministerial Conference on WEF's sidelines
 
20:29
Rappers have right to perform their music - Russian human rights commissioner
 
20:14
ORESHKIN TO PARTICIPATE IN WTO MINISTERIAL MEETING ON SIDELINES OF DAVOS FORUM
 
20:07
Conniving with extremists leads to chaos - Putin
 
20:00
Putin tells human rights council he has nothing against Network extremists' advocate Ponomaryov
 
19:56
Ruble little changed against dollar, euro in evening trading
 
19:53
Melnichenko's SUEK Group interested in running Siberian inter-regional grid co (Part 2)
 
19:49
Russia follows int'l stock markets down
 
19:44
Main indexes of the Russia stock market for December 17
 
19:38
Aggregated results for trading of shares in Moscow Exchange
 
19:37
Dispute around Cirque du Soleil purely business issue - Kremlin
 
19:33
Results of Interregional Trading for OFZ & OBR
 
19:32
 
19:27
Ruble not expected to weaken in Jan as CBR resumes FX purchases - Oreshkin
 
 more headlines 



Interviews
 

.
UNHCR Middle East and North Africa Bureau Director and Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Iraq and Syria Situations Amin Awad has visited Moscow for consultations with representatives of various Russian agencies and given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about the humanitarian situation in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, as well as the migrant crisis in Europe.

more
.
.
Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Markus Ederer has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about prospects of normalizing relations between EU and Russia, the EU readiness to take part in the post-war reconstruction of Syria, and about how the EU is going to protects its companies working with Iran in the light of new U.S. sanctions.

more
.
.
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has given a press conference at Interfax in the wake of his visit to Russia, in which he speaks about results of his visit, U.S. President Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty, plans for a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and others issues.

more

 
  
 ©   1991—2018   "Interfax News Agency" JSC. All rights reserved.
Contact information   |   Privacy Policy   |   Interfax offices   |   made by web.finmarket

News and other data on this site are provided for information purposes only, and are not intended for republication or redistribution. Republication or redistribution of Interfax content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Interfax.

Browse other Interfax sites:  Interfax.ru   |   IFX.RU   |   Interfax Group   Rambler's Top100