PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Nov 12

MOSCOW, Nov 12 (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. KOMMERSANT - The paper runs an interview with Kremlin's envoy to the North Caucasus region Alexander Khloponin on the development of the area. - Russia's largest lender Sberbank will start issuing American Express cards in 2011, the paper writes. VEDOMOSTI - Authorities in Moscow and its surrounding towns will meet regularly to work on development, though there are no plans to merge them administratively, the daily says. - Russian vodka producer Russian Standard will buy Ukrainian peer Nemiroff in a deal potentially worth $150 million to $400 million, Vedomosti writes. - The number of mortgage loans issued in Russia doubled year-on-year in 2010 as the main banks lowered interest rates, the paper writes. - Russian supercar maker Marussia Motors bought a stake in Formula 1 team Virgin Racing and will become the team's title sponsor in 2011, the daily says. NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA - Mayor of St Petersburg Valentina Matviyenko held a meeting with opposition leaders on Wednesday behind closed doors to discuss the city's problems, the paper writes. TRUD - Twenty percent of Russians have a negative attitude towards Ukraine, the paper cites Levada poll. NOVIYE IZVESTIA - Moscow businessmen whose kiosks and food stands were dismantled under the new mayor's policy appeal to prosecutors in hopes of winning the right to reopen their outlets, the paper writes. VREMYA NOVOSTEI - A member of United Russia party wrote in his blog that he dreams of the day when his internet critics will be crushed by tanks, the daily writes. Keywords: PRESS DIGEST Russia Nov 12 (--Writing by Ludmila Danilova, Reuters Messaging:, +7 495 775 1242) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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