MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) - The following are some of the leading stories in Russia’s newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
- Russian bureaucrats and state officials made up about 20 percent of the country’s middle class in 2012, the daily says, citing the Higher School of Economics study.
- A new electronic system for holding state tenders may cost 4 to 5 billion roubles ($126.82 to $158.53 million), the paper reports.
- The number of Russians who know of opposition figure Alexei Navalny has grown, but his popularity as a presidential candidate dropped from 33 percent in April 2011 compared to 14 percent year-on-year, the paper cites recent Levada poll.
- Russians in 2012 bought $400 million-worth goods on Ebay , the paper writes citing the company’s chief in Russia Konstantin Dolgov.
- Britain-based Rockefeller Oil Company Plc will acquire upstream oil and gas assets in Russia from VTB Bank for around $1 billion, the daily writes.
- Russian General Prosecutor’s Office may slap fines on more than 10 non-governmental organisations over various violations discovered during mass audits begun in March, the paper reports. ($1 = 31.5402 Russian roubles) (Compiled by Ludmila Danilova)