Trend.az: Russian official doubts over urgent resume of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations
Prime-Tass: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
Jerusalem Post: Russia turns to Israel for help in investigation into train bombing
Reuters: INTERVIEW - Rabbis fear Europe's Jews next after minaret ban - Switzerland's ban on building minarets will fuel xenophobia and risks making Jews the next target of religious intolerance, according to European rabbis meeting in Moscow. The Conference of European Rabbis condemned the outcome of last Sunday's Swiss referendum in a resolution passed during their two-day meeting, international relations director Philip Carmel told Reuters on Thursday.
Itar-Tass: Lavrov to "reset" relations with NATO
RFERL: Russia, NATO Holding First Formal Ministerial Meeting Since Georgia War
Itar-Tass: Russia and Italy foreign ministers meet in Rome - Russian and Italian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Franco Frattini discussed issues of European security and readiness for a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council due to open in Brussels on Friday
AFP: Russia 'ready to support' new US Afghan plan: Medvedev
Reuters: Medvedev Says Afghan Peace Vital
The Moscow Times: Medvedev Secures 19 Deals in Rome
Cyprus Mail: Police explore whether Kirilov’s murder was mafia hit - POLICE investigators are reportedly examining the possibility that the murder of 61-year-old Russian millionaire Yuri Kirilov was a mafia hit.
RIA: One killed, four injured in attack on south Russia café
FT.com: A fire to light - Andris Piebalgs, the outgoing EU energy commissioner, told a conference last month that while he believed the Commission had done everything to avoid another crisis with Russian supplies, “There are issues which are not settled and I believe there is a possibility that we could have a crisis and that is why we are taking [further] measures.”
Timesonline.co.uk: The Kremlin has long been setting the scene for Stalin’s rehabilitation
Time.com: Russia and Georgia Go to War Again — on Screen
Online.wsj.com: Russians Are Collecting Used Czars - Buyers are back, trolling for Romanov heirlooms like Fabergé cigarette cases and gilded porcelain
National Economic Trends
RIA: Russian monetary base down $1.9 mln in week to $140.528 bln
Prime-Tass: Russian GDP Indicator signals slower contraction in November
Bloomberg: Russian Economy Shrinks at Slowest Pace in 11 Months, VTB Says
Bloomberg: Russia Won’t Cut Rates in December as Easing Ebbs (Update1)
FT.com: Tycoon brushes off potential Rusal delay - Oleg Deripaska yesterday insisted it was "no problem" if the $2bn initial public offering of UC Rusal, the Russian tycoon's aluminium group, was delayed into next year.