Russia 101026 Basic Political Developments



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Russia 101026

Basic Political Developments


  • Russian Interior Ministry confirms that Ded Hasan was selling arms to PKK - While speaking to Russia Novaya Gazeta, spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry said Ded Hasan (Aslan Usoyan) was selling arms to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

  • Europe should rely less on Russian energy-Lithuania: Europe needs to break its dependence on Russian energy by improving its internal gas market, Lithuania's prime minister said in an interview published on Tuesday in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

  • Medvedev has dismissed several top military - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made several personnel changes in the RF Armed Forces. It is reported by the Kremlin press service.

  • Russian defence reforms under fire - Pressure on Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov is increasing after the Kremlin told the former tax chief to get his act together after a cursing scandal broke out, drawing attention to an already unpopular military reform campaign.

    • The Paratroopers' Attack - Behind all the commotion and burst of activity against Serdyukov is a new revolution that is brewing in the armed forces. For the first time, even the highest-ranking officers are being freed from the heavy burden of managing the expenditure of funds.

  • Medvedev to chair presidential modernisation commission meeting - Russian presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on Monday that within the working trip Medvedev “will meet the management and workers of KAMAZ.”

  • Putin to chair conf on priority investment projects in Siberia - Sources expect that the conference will highlight the projects like the construction of a railway line between Kyzyl, the administrative center of the Tyva region, and the town of Kuragino in the neighboring Krasnoyarsk territory.

  • WikiLeaks to publish classified documents from Russia, China - This came in a statement by the site founder’s assistant Kristinn Hrafnsson in an interview with the Russian Kommersant daily.

    • WikiLeaks to release secret Russia, China logs - paper: "Russians are going to find out a lot of interesting facts about their country," WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told Kommersant.

  • Russian, Montenegrin ministers to discuss situations in Balkans - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to receive his Montenegrin counterpart Milan Rocen at the Foreign Ministry’s house for official receptions Wednesday.

  • Russia's FM to visit Poland on bilateral cooperation - Rafal Sobczak of the Polish Foreign Ministry's press office told the PAP news agency that the committee will also refer to international politics, relations between Russia and the EU, as well as to possibilities of cooperation in respective fields, including the energy sector and foreign policy.

  • Ten agts on Russia-Ukraine economic ties to be signed in Kiev - Zurabov stressed that particular attention will be paid to energy cooperation. In particular, the sides will consider their relations in the gas sphere. It is also expected that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will attend a cadete ball on October 27.

  • Lytvyn to pay working visit to St. Petersburg on 27-28 October - Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn will pay a working visit to St. Petersburg on 27-28 October to participate in the measures of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States.

  • Naftogaz to take loan from Russian VTB Bank - Ukraine's oil and gas monopoly, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, announced plans to take a USD 180 million loan from one of Russia's largest banks, VTB Bank, Naftogaz said in a statement.

  • Chinese to Lend $6Bln for Coal - The government will unveil coal deposits that Russian companies will develop using $6 billion in Chinese loans by the year's end, Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said Monday.

    • Chinese cash to power Russian coal - The deposits may include assets owned by Sakhalinugol on Sakhalin Island and the Elegest coal field in eastern Siberia, Yanovsky said. He added that it is for the Russian companies and Chinese banks to negotiate individual deals, and claimed that it's not for the Energy Ministry to make decisions. He declined to name the companies in talks with the Chinese.

  • Russian, Sudanese officials to meet in December - Russian presidential representative on Sudan Mikhail Margelov intends to meet with Sudanese top officials during a visit to Sudan in December.

    • Russian and Sudanese presidents discuss referendum, bilateral relations

    • Russian, Sudanese leaders discuss referendum in Sudan

    • Telephone conversation with President of Sudan Omar Bashir - Dmitry Medvedev and Omar Bashir discussed reconciliation in Sudan on the eve of a historically important stage in the nation’s development – Southern Sudan’s referendum on independence, scheduled for early January 2011.

  • Ethiopia praises Russia role in region, relations - MFA

  • Tehran, Russia at odds over Iran’s nuclear program: ambassador

  • Iran set to load fuel in Bushehr nuclear reactor - Under a bilateral agreement, which has received IAEA approval, Russia will initially operate the plant, supplying its fuel and taking away all the spent fuel for the next two or three years, but will eventually hand over full control to Iran.

  • Fisheries Cooperation With Russia - The Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia signed an agreement to expand cooperation in protection of fish species in the Caspian Sea. The agreement was signed at the 6th meeting of Iran-Russia joint fisheries commission held this week in Tehran, Moj News Agency reported.

  • Israel, Russia prioritize economic cooperation - Israeli ambassador

  • Medvedev submits Russian-French agreement for ratification - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted the Russian-French intergovernmental agreement on air cargo transit to Afghanistan to the State Duma for ratification.

    • Medvedev submits agt with on military transit to Afghanistan for ratification - The agreement creates a legal framework for air transit of French arms, military hardware and supplies, as well as troops and civilian personnel trough Russia’s airspace for participation in ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

  • Italy to get back 121 perished in WWII from Russia

  • France ready to deliver helicopter carrier with transfer of technologies - France's shipbuilder DCNS announced on Tuesday it is ready to deliver Mistral class helicopter carriers to Russia with built-in domestic navigation technologies.

  • Russia to announce helicopter carrier tender at Euronaval 2010 - Russia could announce a tender on the construction of two amphibious assault ships for the Russian Navy at the Euronaval 2010 exhibition, which opened on Monday in Paris, the Vedomosti daily said.

  • Russian space freighter departs ISS on scientific mission

  • Fragment of space garbage approaching ISS

  • Norway’s coast guard detains fish transport ship with Russian crew

  • Partnership With Iceland in the Works - Shmatko said Iceland, which is a world leader in renewable energy, considers partnering with Russia a priority, and that the sides were discussing construction of a new geothermal power station in Russia. He also said geothermal energy was one of the most promising renewable energy sources, with RusHydro, the country’s largest renewable energy producer, already operating several geothermal power stations.

  • Police defuse bomb in Chechen capital - Police defused a hand-made explosive device outside a concert hall in the Chechen capital of Grozny on Tuesday. It contained 6 kg of TNT, chipped iron rods, screws and a Nokia cell phone for shrapnel, a police spokesman said.

  • Bomb-like object discovered near mosque in Dagestan - The homemade bomb was equivalent to 1.5 kilograms of TNT. It was rendered safe with the help of a hydrodynamic destroyer.

  • Moscow remembering victims of Oct 2002 theater hostage taking

  • Heat, smoke sent Russia deaths soaring in 2010 – govt

  • Russian census held in strict compliance with schedule - Rosstat is confident that the census has justified its motto: “Everyone is Important for Russia!” This is borne out by interim data announced by Rosstat officials in the middle of the campaign. As for October 19, around 70 million people had been registered, which is about half of the country’s population.

  • Trud/Russia Today: Mossad outdoes Anna Chapman - A trial against a Russian citizen, who is suspected by the local intelligence agencies in engaging in espionage for Russia, began in Poland. While concealing his real name, investigators gave the detainee a pseudonym of Tadeusz.

  • Memories of Newsweek - Independent Media Are Hard-Pressed to Find the Right Audience and Advertisers in Russia. By Svetlana Kononova

  • Former Putin prime minister talks about his former boss - Mikhail Kasyanov tells Americans how he traveled the road from prime minister to Vladimir Putin to an outspoken leader of the Russian political opposition. His story of life inside the Kremlin reveals much about the enigmatic Putin.

  • Elena Shaftan's letter from Moscow - Jupiter Emerging European Opportunities co manager Elena Shaftan (pictured) returns from Moscow with a fresh perspective on her native country. While she still has reservations over Vladimir Putin's manners, she is generally more impressed by his leadership style.

  • Turkmenistan: Medvedev Comes Away from Ashgabat Empty Handed - by Sergei Blagov

  • Moscow’s Unwillingness to Support Russian Nation Reflects Its Own Imperial Agenda – by Paul Goble

  • Press forbidden from attending new Moscow mayor's first session - "We were told that journalists were not allowed in. It is still unclear whether this is a permanent measure or not," a RIA Novosti correspondent said.

  • Rally of 800 demonstrators on Triumfalnaya Square given go-ahead – source: The City Hall has received a written consent from Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the chief negotiator and first applicant for the rally in defense of Article 31 of the constitution [guaranteeing the freedom of assembly], to hold a rally of 800 demonstrators on Triumfalnaya Square," the source said.

    • Sobyanin Allows Larger 31st Rally - Authorities have allowed 1,000 people to attend the Oct. 31 rally, veteran human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva said, RIA-Novosti reported.

  • Report: Luzhkov Seeks U.K. Visa - Yury Luzhkov has applied for a British visa but has no plans to abandon Russia after being ousted as Moscow's mayor last month amid a flurry of state television reports linking him and his wife to possible corruption, Lifenews.ru reported Monday.

    • Russian daily retracts corruption article on ex-Moscow mayor's wife - Vedomosti daily said the fact that Baturina "not always paid the city a percentage traditional for all developers" was incorrect as well as that the businesswoman's company, Inteko, "receded its obligations in a number of initial obligations for its own interest."

  • Berezovsky pledges assistance to Luzhkov - "If he finds himself in a crunch, and if he or his wife lacks money to hire defense lawyers in search of asylum, I will be ready to help," Berezovsky told Interfax by telephone from London.

  • Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    • Russia wants to expedite the delineation of the continental shelf in the Arctic. The ownership of the large deposits of energy reserves is at stake. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

    • The Russian government may soon have a political department to "strengthen ties" with political parties, social movements, election bodies and other political organizations. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

    • Israel's new Ambassador to Russia says Tel Aviv and Moscow prioritize economic cooperation in bilateral relations (Kommersant)

    • The Russian car industry plans to go into partnerships with foreign carmakers to manufacture automotive components. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    • The Russian government hopes that the second wave of privatization will encourage direct investment in the economy. (Vremya Novostei)

    • Moscow's Vnukovo airport will stop receiving aircraft whose noise levels exceed the existing standards starting in March 2011. (Vedomosti)

    • Sapsan is the only train operated by the Russian Railways company to have made a profit this year. The train, built for Russia by German engineering giant Siemens, covers the distance between Moscow and St. Petersburg in the record time of 4 hours and 45 minutes. (Kommersant)

    • Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov outlined ongoing reforms of the country's military education system. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    • Russia may announce a tender on the construction of two helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy at Euronaval 2010, which opened on Monday in Paris. The French Mistral class ship is most likely to win the tender, experts believe. (Vedomosti)

    • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urges the government to draft a new law on the social welfare of elderly citizens. The Kremlin has not yet decided on changes to the retirement age. (Nazavisimaya Gazeta, Vremya Novostei)

    • The Russian opposition received permission to carry out a mass protest rally in downtown Moscow on October 31 (Vedomosti, Kommersant)

    • The Stockholm City Court has rejected Russia's appeal against the seizure of Russian state property in Sweden claimed by German businessman Franz Sedelmayer as compensation for business losses in 1990 when he had tried to open a company in St. Petersburg. (Kommersant)

  • PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Oct 26

    • www.kommersant.ru

    • The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has become Russia's first official to ask openly Vladimir Putin to return to his Kremlin office in 2012 and remain there "forever".

    • Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has closed a meeting of the city government to journalists.

    • Russia's second biggest lender, VTB (VTBR.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), is considering a possibility of inviting minority shareholders to its supervisory board.

    • www.vedomosti.ru

    • One of the major stakeholders in Russian steel and iron ore firm Metalloinvest, Vasily Anisimov is mulling selling his 20 percent stake in the firm worth around $4 billion, the daily says.

    • Moscow city authorities are planning to issue bonds to attract at least 15 billion roubles.

    • Severstal (CHMF.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and steel maker Evraz (HK1q.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could set up a joint consortium with Yenisei Industrial Company to build a new railway route linking Siberian Krasnoyarsk with the coal-rich Tyva region.

    • www.rbcdaily.ru

    • Russia's Gasprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is planning to supply up to 180 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Europe by 2020, according to the company's officials.

    • www.ng.ru

    • Russia's government is considering setting up a special political department to monitor a forthcoming parliamentary election campaign, the daily says.

    • Russia is speeding up its expansion in Arctic Ocean, the daily says in connection with Russia's scientific research works in the region.
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