Russia 110204 Basic Political Developments



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Russia 110204

Basic Political Developments


  • RF’s FM urges Egypt to provide security for reporters, foreigners

  • Putin, Chavez discuss joint projects - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez discussed in a telephone conversation on Thursday the implementation of joint projects, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

  • Lavrov, Westerwelle to discuss Egypt - Lavrov will address the Munich conference on Saturday. The foreign ministry said he would call to promote the constructive dynamic in security relations in Europe and confirm they target cooperation rather than confrontation.

    • Lavrov to hold bilateral talks with Germany's Westerwelle in Munich - The two ministers are expected to sign an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the cultural and information sphere.

    • Izvestiya: Causal politics - The chairman of the conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, sat down with the Tribune’s correspondent in Germany, Aleksandr Sobin, to discuss the focus of this year’s gathering in a special report for Izvestia.

  • Japan, Russia to agree on fighting fish poaching - Japan’s Fishing Department will reach agreement with Russia on joint moves to cut short fish poaching in Russia’s economic zone in the Far East during consultations behind closed doors in Moscow on the 7th of this month.

  • Russian defense minister visits army units based on Kuril Islands -"During his routine trip, the minister is assessing the quality of combat training arrangements, the overall provision for the forces, as well as the social and living conditions of servicemen and their families," a spokesman for the Eastern Military District said on Friday.

    • Russian defence minister visits disputed island off Japan

    • Russia's defense minister touring disputed islands - It is the latest in a recent series of visits to the disputed territory by high-ranking Russian officials, which began with a trip by President Dmitry Medvedev in November, and comes before the planned trip to Moscow next week by Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara.

  • Around 2,000 Russians leave Egypt

  • Russia’s Sberbank goes for BURK - Researchers at Russia’s biggest lendor, Sberbank, have coined a new acronym BURK for the four former Soviet states of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan which they say share similar problems and could follow the same prescription to achieve growth similar to what Asia and Latin America have been witnessing for much of the past decade.

  • Russian company completes roads construction in Turkmenistan - The project is a part of the East-West international transport corridor.

  • Prosecution eased on Russians detained in Belarus

  • Life News gives name of Domodedovo suicide bomber - The “Life News” Internet news portal has found out the name of the Domodedovo suicide bomber. He is a 20-year old Magomed Yevloyev of Ingushetia.

    • DNA samples from relatives of Domodedovo suspected bomber to be examined – source

  • Moscow clinics continue treating 86 people hurt in Domodedovo blast

  • Traffic restored on the railway in Dagestan

    • No problems in rail transport between Azerbaijan and Russia

  • Underground bomb lab uncovered in Russia’s south - Russian police have uncovered an underground bomb laboratory in a village in Russia’s Republic of Ingushetia in the Caucasus region. The empty house, where the lab was located, has been blown up.

  • The Moscow City Court postponed the hearing on the complaint in the Yukos case

  • Russian authorities to watch ATM cash transfers - The transfer of larger sums will require bank transactions and passports, including costly purchases through the Internet.

  • Russia's Audit Chamber uncovers $7 bln transport spending scam

  • Putin urges higher wages in Russian region - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged Kirov regional Governor Nikita Belykh to ensure higher average monthly wages in local industry which currently comprise close to 13 thousand rubles (430 US dollars).

    • United Russia members present Putin with 'symbolic' clay boat

  • "Day of Wrath" will be held at the Kremlin in Moscow - Thus, Moscow's "Day of Wrath" will be held on Saturday, February 12 at the monument of Karl Marx.

  • Most documentation destroyed in burning court building - Most of the documents have been destroyed in the court building fire in Volgograd, firemen working at the site told reporters.

  • Reuters PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Feb 4

  • RIA Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, February 4, 2011

  • Can Russia rival the X-37B space plane with its own robotic spacecraft? - By Fred Weir

  • Highly Flammable Gas Wars - This article by German’s Der Spiegel magazine involves Ukrainian gas-trading billionaire Dmytro Firtash, who has filed a libel lawsuit against the Kyiv Post in London for a story published on July 2. The Kyiv Post stands by its story. Repeated attempts to reach Firtash and RosUkrEnergo for comment have been unsuccessful.

  • Dreams of an iPad Economy for Russia - Russia's President has hopes for a new tech corridor near Moscow, but can the country overcome corruption, lack of innovation, and a slow-moving state sector?

  • Without Dispute: Medvedev As Putin’s Consigliere - After the World Economic Forum in Davos wrapped up last week, the parallels between Russian government officials and the mafia became so vivid that they simply begged to be compared. In this article, Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov shows how the Putin regime has truly brought this stereotypical metaphor to life.
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