Russia Suspends Opposition Leader’s Sentence. Will It Quiet Criticism Of Kremlin? (+video)

in London , said by e-mail yesterday. They are successfully monetizing different business lines. Baidu, Chinas second-largest Internet company by market value after Hong Kong-listed Tencent Holdings Ltd., paid $1.85 billion for app store 91 wireless in July and bought a stake in group-deal site Nuomi.com for $160 million in August. The Beijing-based company also acquired video business PPStream Inc. for $370 million in June to merge it with its video unit iQiyi.com, which it purchased in November. First Step Yandex could have paid as much as $95 million for KinoPoisk, the nations biggest Russian-language website on movies with 18.6 million users, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed industry experts and analysts. The acquisition of KinoPoisk, which is the Russian version on IMDb.com and one of the most popular websites on the Russian Internet, is probably just a first step as Yandex may be expanding into the video segment of the market, Anna Lepetukhina , an analyst at OAO Sberbank, Russias largest lender, said by phone from Moscow yesterday. It will probably seek to offer video content, which would allow it to sell video-based ads, which have higher price tags than text-based ads. Internet advertising in Russia will grow an average 26 percent annually from 2013 to 2015, Yandex said in a June presentation citing ZenithOptimedia data. Online ad revenue will rise to account for 30 percent of total ad sales by 2015 in Russia, the data showed, compared with an estimated 27 percent for China. Quarterly Earnings Yandexs valuation premium over Baidu will increase, Rimmer said. The gap reached 52 percent in July, before plunging to 6 percent earlier this month, the narrowest premium since August 2012, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Yandex will say third-quarter adjusted net income rose 42 percent when it reports earnings Oct. 24, according to the average estimate of three analysts collated by Bloomberg.

We should clarify Capello’s future before the 2014 World Cup.” Meanwhile, RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh also said that the signing of a new contract with Capello was one of the priorities of the country’s football ruling body. “Capello’s new contract is without doubt one of our top priorities,” Tolstykh told the R-Sport. “The work is going on at full swing.” The 67-year-old Capello, who refused to talk about his future plans before the end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, meanwhile has indirectly confirmed his intention to stay at the helm of Russia’s national side until the end of the 2018 World Cup. “I already rejected an offer to take over the Italian squad,” he was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS. “I will be focused on my work with the Russian team until 2018.” After the match Capello expressed satisfaction with the Russian side, adding however that they all still had plenty of work to do to be competitive in Brazil. “I’m satisfied with our performance in this qualifying campaign,” Capello said after the match at Baku. “We finished in first place having had such a strong opponent as Portugal in our group. “We played well in all of the matches except the game in Northern Ireland (where they lost 1-0 in August) where we performed unsatisfactorily. Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Roman Shirokov , who captained Russia in the last two qualifiers, voiced his concern with his side’s inability to maintain concentration after his side conceded a late goal against Azerbaijan. “We conceded a goal in the last minutes again. It’s the third time in our four last qualifiers,” Shirokov said. “The worst thing about it is that we were repeatedly warned about it but failed to avoid this again. It’s a disgrace, nothing else!” Shirokov added that Capello was angered with that goal, which came in the last minute of regular time at the hands of opponents who were a man down.

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A Russian appeals court today suspended the five-year prison sentence handed down over the summer to opposition leader and anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny. The ruling, some observers say, highlights the administration’s attempts to keep opposition demonstrations under control and international criticism of Russia to a minimum, particularly in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The political motivation in this case is obvious, Mr. Navalny told the judge in todays hearing, noting that the prosecutions case was based on false testimony and that he was refused any opportunity to bring witnesses of his own. RECOMMENDED: Do you know anything about Russia? A quiz. Everything that happened last summer and everything that happens today depends on Putin, Navalny said. All the prosecutors, all the lawyers, all the judges are just extras here. In July, a lower court handed down an embezzlement conviction to the outspoken lawyer who rose to prominence during large-scale street protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011 and 2012. He was released the next day pending the outcome of his appeal. Some political observers felt jailing Navalny could empower the opposition and make him into a martyr, reports Russias official RIA Novosti news agency. In the interim, Navalny ran in the high profile Moscow mayoral race where he won a solid and some say legitimizing 27 percent of the vote against a Putin-allied incumbent. His campaign touched on widespread corruption under President Putin and anti-migrant sentiments , reports Agence France-Presse. Since the court today did not overturn Mr. Navalnys guilty verdict, he is unable to run for public office until his suspended sentence is fulfilled.

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Russia hopes to make sales of at least $1.7 billion during this week’s visit to Peru and Brazil by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and senior aides, Moscow’s Kommersant newspaper said. Russia aims to sell its Pansir-S1 and Igla missile systems to bolster Brazil’s air defenses during next year’s FIFA World Cup, Kommersant said citing Russian General Staff. The Pantsir-S is a mobile short-range gun and missile air defense system that combines a wheeled vehicle with radar and electro-optical sensors, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles. The weapon is designed to take on a variety of targets flying at low altitudes, RIA Novosti said. Recent developments in unmanned aerial systems or “drones” capable of flying low has raised the stakes in air defense capabilities worldwide. The Igla is a man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile designed to counter similar threats in warfare or security-related situations such as Brazil’s sport events in 2014. In talks in Lima, Peru, Tuesday the Russian delegation proposed establishing a servicing and maintenance center in Peru for its Russian- and Soviet-made helicopters. The offer was discussed by Shoigu and his Peruvian counterpart Pedro Cateriano, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said. “Today…that country [Peru] wants to get not only finished goods from us, but also localize the manufacture of arms and military equipment at home,” said Antonov, RIA Novosti reported. In 2012, Russia completed a $20 million upgrade for Mi-25 attack helicopters in the Peruvian air force. The Peruvian military operates about 16 Mi-25 and Mi-35P helicopters. Peru’s government is reported considering to buy 24 Russian Mil Mi-171 (Hip) helicopters worth $406.8 million. In Brazil Russia is aiming to be a successful late entry to Brazil’s FX-2 multirole fighter competition which aims to select a next-generation warplane for the Brazilian Air Force.