IFNR 10 JAN 2017

09:48 RUSSIA BEGINS CUTTING OIL OUTPUT UNDER DEAL WITH OPEC, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BY 50,000 BPD – SOURCE
09:57 Head of Russian Embassy in Athens consular dept died of natural causes – embassy
10:53 Quarter of mln people cross Russian-Finnish border during holiday season
11:09 Creation of railway market board suspended – paper
11:15 Czech Republic extradites Russian citizen suspected of investigator’s murder in Dagestan in 2010
11:28 Convoy of ships delivers materials for world’s first floating NPP project to Chukchi autonomous region
11:46 Russian Strategic Missile Forces to conduct over 10 ICBM launches in 2017, including tests of prospective weapons – Defense Ministry
11:50 RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY DENIES MEDIA THEORY THAT TU-154 CRASH IN SOCHI CAUSED BY PILOT ERROR, INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
12:18 Kyrgyz rights activist jailed for life insists he was not involved in organizing 2010 ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan
12:28 Rosneft might supply up to 55 mln tonnes of oil to QHG Trading over five years
12:46 Over 40% of Estonian Russians see no chance for self-realization in Estonia – poll
12:55 Gazprom discloses export data for 7 countries in Europe
13:21 Shoigu advises Pentagon chief to be more careful when assessing Russia’s contribution to fight against terrorism in Syria
14:00 Russian reconciliation center ensured safe exit of over 136,000 civilians from Aleppo as city was liberated – Russian General Staff chief
14:58 Savchenko publishes lists of prisoners held by Donbas conflicting sides
14:58 DPR records over 500 ceasefire breaches in its territory in past day
15:00 Dubai shuts down tourism office in Russia
MOSCOW. Jan 10 (Interfax) – The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) shut down its Russian office on January 1, Russian Union of Travel Industry press secretary Irina Tyurina said.

“For now, the Russian designation will be directly supervised by the headquarters in the emirate. Some say that the promotion of Dubai in Russia will soon be outsourced to a network marketing agency,” Tyurina said.

Russia and the CIS remain a priority market for Dubai, which saw stabilization and a certain rise in tourist arrivals from those countries in 2016, former office director Sergei Kanayev said. He said that the DTCM office had been working in Russia since 1996.

Dubai is the top travel destination for Russians in the UAE. The emirate was visited by 356,200 Russian tourists in 2015 and 236,400 in the first nine months of 2016.

Russian tour operators selling Dubai tours lauded the activity of the office and its director, Tyurina said, adding that the office did a lot to increase tourist arrivals in the Emirates.

According to the Russian Union of Travel Industry, the office was closed as a way to optimize expenses after the fall of oil prices reduced Dubai’s revenue. The emirate shut down offices of its tourism department not only in Russia but also in some other countries.
15:27 DPR calls Savchenko’s proposals to swap prisoners unacceptable
16:08 Russia inflation for 2016 confirmed at 5.4%, lowest in recent history – Rosstat
16:26 Defense Ministry enters into govt contract with Tupolev to raise serviceability of strategic bombers
MOSCOW. Jan 10 (Interfax) – Tupolev JSC will perform R&D works to raise serviceability of strategic bombers, Russian Defense Minister Gen. of the Army Sergei Shoigu said.

“A governmental contract has been signed with Tupolev Public Joint Stock Company for research and development works. It has been decided jointly with the Industry and Trade Ministry to gradually raise serviceability and technical preparedness of strategic bombers,” Shoigu said at a meeting with Defense Ministry commanders.

In his words, the Defense Ministry has been taking relevant measures to successfully restore the production of Tupolev Tu-160 aircraft and to raise serviceability of Tupolev Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers.
17:25 Moldovan president to seek withdrawal of ambassador to Romania for criticizing ex-Romanian president’s deprivation of Moldovan citizenship
18:01 FOURTEEN CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS RECORDED IN SYRIA OVER PAST 24 HOURS – RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY
18:13 Russian embassy in Kabul yet to find out whether Russians are among bomb attack victims, no embassy officials harmed
19:17 Armenia sees OSCE Minsk Group’s reaction to border incident with Azerbaijan as belated
20:15 Tbilisi reports destruction of church, Polish cemetery to clear area for building training range in Abkhazia
TBILISI. Jan 10 (Interfax) – Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili addressed he international community and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) asking that they respond to the demolition of a nineteenth century church and a Polish cemetery in the Tsebelda village in Abkhazia to build a military training range in their place, the Georgian president’s advisor on international relations, Tengiz Pkhaladze, said.

“This is an intentional act of vandalism, which rudely breaches the norms of international law, including the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention,” Pkhaladze told reporters on Tuesday.

The liability for conserving cultural monuments in Abkhazia is placed on “the occupation force”, he said.
20:44 Ukrainian MP Savchenko insists on her right to publish lists of captives in Donbas
21:20 Over 20 frostbitten in Nizhny Novgorod region as temperatures dropped to -40
21:32 Donbas militia claim to have repelled Ukrainian govt forces’ attack near village of Spartak
21:49 Over 460 Ukrainian servicemen killed in Donbas in 2016, 256 of them not in combat – Kyiv
22:04 Act of vandalism at Polish memorial in Lviv region won’t set Polish, Ukrainian peoples against each other – Ukrainian foreign minister

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