PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Feb 6

MOSCOW, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The following are some of the leading stories in Russia’s newspapers on Friday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


- The head of the Russian Technologies state holding, Sergei Chemezov, is seeking state support and state credit guarantees worth a total of $7,22 billion, the daily reports.

- Russia’s Defence Ministry has admitted that about 200 aging MiG-29 fighter jets are not fit to fly, the daily reports.

- Carmaker AvtoVaz AVAZ.MM, which produces the Lada brand, shut down its production lines on Thursday after failing to pay off debts to parts suppliers, the daily reports.


- The government will not buy stakes in private banks but it may ask state banks to issue additional shares, the newspaper reports, citing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

- Despite a sharp devaluation of the rouble in recent months, 87 percent of Russians still keep their savings in the Russian currency, according to the ROMIR polling agency.

- Russia's main savings bank Sberbank SBER.MM has spent $300 million on a new office building, the daily says.


- Russia’s anti-monopoly agency (FAS) is ready to file law suits against 251 retailers for selling overpriced petrol, the head of the agency Igor Artemyev said on Thursday.

- The government could authorize state bank Sberbank to take on several thousand students who took out student loans at Bank Soyuz, which closed its educational programme due to liquidity problems.


- The cost of the proposed Nord Stream oil pipeline from Russia to Germany has tripled since its initial presentation to the Russian government, the daily reports.

- Russia’s police have solved 88 percent of 20,056 murders and assassinations committed last year, a senior police official was quoted as saying.