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21.10.19 Russia Says It Missed Oil-deal Target Due To Rise In Gas Condensate Output
Russia produced more oil in September than envisaged by a global deal due to an increase in gas condensate output as the country prepared for winter, local news agencies reported on Sunday. Russian oil output edged down to 11.25 million barrels per day (bpd) last month from August’s 11.29 million bpd but remained above the cap set under the global production deal. Under the accord reached between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied producers, Russia has agreed to reduce output by 228,000 bpd from an October 2018 baseline. Read more 
21.10.19 Sale Of Babies On Black Market Exposed In Russia
The Independent
Pavel Sarychev’s social media profile alone should have raised eyebrows. As a bachelor of 43 years old, with only a dozen linked friends, a history of psychiatric illness, and interest in groups such as “offer / receive children,” his adoption bonafides were clearly lacking. But when Sarychev asked a Russian adoption agency about ways to avoid social services checks, he received not questions but a menu of options. The adoption agency boasted to him of strong relations with social services, maternity wards and judges. It said it could get him a new-born baby for the equivalent of £5,000 – commission included. Read more 
21.10.19 Russian Government Supports Capping IT Companies Foreign Ownership
The Russian government has supported a draft law on limiting foreign ownership in major IT companies to just under 50 percent, according to a parliamentary website, a move which may further tighten state control over the internet. Initially, the proposals on non-Russian ownership were harsher and seen capped at 20%. Shares in, Yandex, a Russian equivalent to Google, and another large IT company,, have been very sensitive to discussions about the law, first proposed last July. Read more 
21.10.19 Israelis Rally In Support Of Woman Imprisoned In Russia
The Associated Press
About 200 Israelis are demonstrating in Tel Aviv in solidarity with an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia on drug charges. The demonstrators chanted and held signs reading “Free Naama” in Hebrew, Russian and English. Naama Issachar, 26, was arrested in Moscow airport in April on her way to Israel from India. Authorities found 9.6 grams of marijuana with her and last week sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison. Read more 
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