March 17, 2017 / 9:03 AM / 8 months ago

PRESS DIGEST - RUSSIA - Mar 17

The following are some stories in Russia’s newspapers on Friday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

VEDOMOSTI

www.vedomosti.ru

Three former managers of the publicly-traded holding company AFK Sistema violated the law on insider trading in 2014, the daily reports citing Russia’s central bank.

The newspaper reports that Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has prepared a new plan on competition for 2017-2019 with one of the main aims stated as reducing the state’s role in the economy.

Managers of one of the largest mobile operators in Russia MegaFon expects weak earnings in 2017. Company revenue from mobile services in Russia for the first time fell by 2.6 percent in 2016, daily reports.

KOMMERSANT

www.kommersant.ru

Turkey has removed Russia from the list of countries that have permission for duty-free import of agricultural products such as wheat, corn, sunflower oil to Turkey, the newspaper said citing the Association of Russian Exporters of Agricultural Products.

The newspaper reports that negotiations between ministers for foreign affairs and defence ministers of Russia and Japan will be held in Tokyo for the first time since 2013.

Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Vassily Nebenzia is seen as the main candidate for the post of permanent representative to the United Nations, the newspaper said, citing sources in the government.

Ivan Kulakov, an ex-partner of tycoon Roman Abramovich in “Sibneft” and Highland Gold, acquiring 82.3 percent of Nezhdaninskoye deposit owned by gold producer Polyus. The deal, according to “Kommersant”, will be worth up to $150 million.

IZVESTIA

www.izvestia.ru

Sales of medicines in Russia increased by 20 percent in 2016, the newspaper said, citing data from Analytics Agency DSM Group.

$1 = 58.2463 Rub Reporting by Margarita Popova, editing by Dasha Afanasieva

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