PRESS DIGEST – RUSSIA – Aug 31

MOSCOW, Aug 31 – 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

– The Ministry of Defence will hold naval exercises off the coast of Syria in the Mediterranean from Sept. 1 to Sept. 8.

KOMMERSANT

www.kommersant.ru

– The Ministry of Culture has increased its control over Russia’s Cinema Foundation, which receives 3 billion roubles ($44.04 million) in government financing a year to support domestic filmmakers. The ministry is now able to influence the way subsidies are used, the conditions for producers obtaining them and the appointment of the foundation’s director.

IZVESTIA

www.izvestia.ru

– Russia’s consumer watchdog currently withdraws three times more imported food products from the market for failing to meet standards than it used to ten years ago, the newspaper writes.

($1 = 68.1130 roubles) (Reporting by Margarita Popova Editing by Tom Balmforth)

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