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MOSCOW, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The following are some of the stories in Russia’s newspapers on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


– The Russian Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service will be able to access biometric data that banks use to identify their clients, under a new draft bill approved by lawmakers in its second reading, the daily says.

– The government will decide on how Rostelcom, the firm most likely to win a tender to run a new biometric system for the banks, will cooperate with police and security officials to provide them with client data, the daily adds.


– The United States will renege on its obligations as a global leader and review agreements with partners struck in the last 20 years, according to a new U.S. national security strategy approved by President Donald Trump, the daily says.

– Alexei Khotin, the main owner of Yugra bank, is planning to challenge an arbitration court ruling which rejected a Yugra claim that the central bank had falsified data leading to Yugra losing its licence.


– All foreign educational programmes should be agreed with Russian officials, according to recommendations put forward by a commission from the upper house of parliament. The move is aimed at limiting the influence of foreign countries on young people, the daily says, citing the head of the commission Andrei Klimov. (Reporting By Tatiana Ustinova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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