The Russian printed press is focused on Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Kiev. Aside form holding official talks, the Russian President paid a visit to the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, reports the Vremya Novostei daily. The students asked some very serious questions, namely about the way Russia would develop its judicial system, whether Moscow was going to pay for its Sevastopol-deployed Black Sea Fleet and how Russia would fight terrorism. The students also asked some personal questions, for instance, one concerning books that Medvedev chooses to read. The Russian President admitted that he mostly reads boring official papers that any national president normally reads, as well as draft laws and security services’ coded messages. But on the eve of his departure for Kiev he again read some books by the Russian-Ukrainian classical author Nikolai Gogol.
According to the Vremya Novostei newspaper, the Russian Academy of Sciences has held a concluding annual meeting in Moscow. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin addressed the meeting as an invited guest. He reminded the scientists of the state projects that are due to draw extensively on government funds, projects that specifically have to do with energy-saving, as well as with space, nuclear, medical and information technologies. Vladimir Putin chose not to insist on the priority of applied research as opposed to fundamental research, but gave to understand that it was in the interest of the economy and science to ensure the maximum efficiency of any research.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has wrapped up his working visit to the US – something that the Kommersant daily reports, added significantly to the ongoing “reset” of relations between Russia and the US. During the visit, the sides signed a raft of agreements, including on trade-economic and scientific cooperation. In particular, they agreed to jointly explore outer space and produce the An-124 heavy-lift transport aircraft. Additionally, an accord was clinched to involve leading US IT companies in the creation of a state-of-the-art innovation center in Skolkovo outside Moscow, already called by many a Russian Silicon Valley. On top of that, Ivanov praised US business people’s desire to contribute to the development of the Russian nanotechnology company Rosnano.
The Justice Ministry, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, and the Interior Ministry have agreed to join efforts to stave off extremism, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports. Grappling with facts of extremism in society’s political and public life will soon be a special body, which will group experts from the FSB and the two Ministries, the newspaper concludes.
A new one-thousand ruble banknote will be released in Russia this fall, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. The most frequently counterfeited note, the fresh one-thousand bill would be exponentially more difficult for criminals to copy, the newspaper concludes.