August 21, 2012 / 9:43 AM / 5 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - RUSSIA - Aug 21

MOSCOW, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The following are some of the leading stories in Russia’s newspapers on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

VEDOMOSTI

www.vedomosti.ru

- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is no longer in a position to co-decide on Russian matters and a mosaic of competing clans is now ruling Russia instead of the Medvedev-Putin tandem, the daily says citing an analysts’ report.

KOMMERSANT

www.kommersant.ru

- St.Petersburg authorities have allowed Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom to build a 463-metre high skyscraper despite criticism from UNESCO and campaigners who said the planned business centre would not fit the architecture of the city.

- Political analysts see similarities between the group of close aides advising to President Vladimir Putin and the Soviet-era Political Bureau of the then-ruling Communist Party, the daily says.

IZVESTIA

www.izvestia.ru

- There is a disproportion between the salary of Russia’s new national coach Fabio Capello and the resources the country’s football association spends on soccer country-wide, the daily quotes a lawmaker as saying in urging prosecutors to look into that.

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

www.ng.ru

- Russia’s authorities are preparing a new case against the jailed ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the daily reports.

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS

www.mk.ru

- The Russian government may cut social spending to divert more cash to defence and space projects as well as the development of the Far East, the daily writes ahead of a parliamentary vote on Russia’s 2013 budget due on Sept,12. (Reporting By Tatiana Ustinova)

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