MOSCOW Aug 11 The following are some of the
leading stories in Russia's newspapers on Monday. Reuters has
not verified these stories and does not vouch for their
- Transit of Russian oil and gas to the European Union could
be affected by a bill Ukrainian parliamentarians are planning to
pass on August 12. The new legislation is aimed at halting the
activity of 65 Russian companies operating in the country.
- US oil major ExxonMobil and Rosneft
started joint drilling of a well on Saturday in an offshore
oilfield of Russia's Kara Sea in the Arctic.
- Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia
fell by almost 23 percent in July and reached the level of 2010.
- Russia will boost the production of Tupolev-204SM
medium-range airliners to compensate for the problems of
Dobrolet discount airline hit by sanctions.
- Russia's defence ministry has dismissed accusations of
planning to use troops to accompany humanitarian aid to
Ukrainian civilians in the zone of military activity.
- Russia's businessmen are proposing that the Finance
Ministry raise profit tax to 9 percent from the current 5
percent, for subsidiaries in Cyprus, the Netherlands,
Switzerland and Luxembourg of Russian companies outside the
energy and banking sectors, which could increase tax revenues
from these companies by 70-80 percent.
- Western sanctions are threatening Rosneft's plan to create
its own oil trading business, the daily says, after Italy's
Saras halted negotiations on the formation of a trading
joint venture after the Russian state oil major was hit by the
- Four Russian parliamentarians from the Just Russia party
could face a ban on leaving Russia because of unpaid taxes, the
daily says, adding that their joint tax debt has reached 10.4
(Reporting By Tatiana Ustinova, editing by Jason Bush)