Russia 110330 Basic Political Developments



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Russia 110330

Basic Political Developments


  • Apr 3: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to meet with Belgium’s Crown Prince Philippe

  • RF, NATO to discuss coop'n on ABM in Brussels Wed - A roundtable meeting on Russia and NATO cooperation on anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system is to be held here on Wednesday

  • RF, Austria FMs to discuss coop'n, Japan, Libya situation - RF Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich pointed out, "The Austrian Minister will focus on preparations for Austrian President Heinz Fischer's official visit which is planned for May. The sides will also analyze the state of bilateral relations and the course of preparation of a number of intergovernmental agreements".

  • US Rep Levin: Sees Barriers To Russian WTO Entry

    • US lawmaker sees difficult vote on Russia trade - Russia rights record expected to color trade debate; Obama administration strongly backs Russia's WTO bid; WTO entry requires Congress vote on trade relations

  • US abandons didactic manner in Russia-US relations: The United States abandoned the didactic manner towards Russia that is one of the main positive results in ‘the reset’ of bilateral relations, chairman of the State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev told reporters here on Tuesday.

  • Russia,US may ease visa regime – MP: Russia and the United States may ease or even cancel visa regime soon, Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the State Duma's international affairs committee said on Tuesday.

    • Russia, U.S. may ease visa regime 'in foreseeable future' - lawmaker

  • Despite continued talks, opium trade still tests Russia-U.S. relations - By Kathy Lally

  • Russian upper house ratifies Norway border deal

  • RF, Kazakhstan to implement commercial uranium enrichment project

    • Russia and Kazakhstan signed a new program for cooperation in the field of peaceful use of nuclear power

  • Head of the Caucasus Department of the Russian FM: “D. Medvedev is involved in NK issue himself” - Andrey Kelin, the head of the Caucasus Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has gave a big interview to the radio-station “Russian voice” about the situation in Caucasus and Russian role in it.

  • Head of Caucasus Muslims may not come to Armenia - “No invitation has been addressed to Allahshukur Pashazade to attend the meeting either from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill II, or the state, which will host this meeting,” Caucasus Muslim Office International Relations Department head Mugaddes Payizov told Azerbaijani Trend news agency.

  • Medvedev appoints Karachai-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria IM

  • Medvedev appoints heads of police departments in Stavropol territory, Dagestan

  • Medvedev to chair econ modernization panel session Wed

  • Two suspected militants killed in operation in Ingushetia – source: "Preliminary reports indicate that a group of militants was spotted on the outskirts of the village of Alkun on Wednesday morning. Two of them were killed in an exchange of fire," the source said.

  • Yandiyev brothers suspected of Domodedovo terrorist act arrested

    • Russian court issues arrest warrant for suspected accomplices of Domodedovo bomber

  • Poll: Eighty percent of Russians critical of situation in North Caucasus

  • The trap shuts - In an exclusive interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta (RG), the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, talks about the preparations for and the course of the special operation in the village of Verkhny Alkun.

  • Moscow law-enforcers search for suspected terror plotter

    • Moscow police searching for Moldovan woman possibly preparing bomb attack - "A 20-year-old woman who could presumably be involved in preparing a future bomb attack in Moscow arrived at the Vnukovo Airport from Moldova on Tuesday," the source said.

  • Russia halts major meat smuggling route - Russian police have stopped a major channel of illegal meat imports from Brazil and Argentina, officials said on Wednesday.

  • Reuters PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Mar 30

  • RIA Russian Press at a Glance, Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • Russian Businessmen Ride Wave Of Attention On Khodorkovsky Case To Access The West

  • Officials earn more than their constituents - Regional officials are being paid one-and-a-half times the average salaries in their regions, while in some constituent territories, this gap reaches 2.5 times. The figures are based on research by the FBK Company, which presented its ratings of the authorities’ “detachment” from their constituents.  

National Economic Trends

Business, Energy or Environmental regulations or discussions


  • Energy minister says foreign investors should be more socially responsible

  • Analyst meeting with Energy Minister Shmatko on electricity sector

  • Transportation Ministry simplified charter flight rules

  • Threat to railway liberalisation? - . The committee has reportedly suggested setting a price range for cargo transportation, and prefers government regulation to further development of "artificial" competition in the industry.

  • InterRAO seeks to sell state's OGK5 stake to Enel

  • Russian coal output falls 2pct in Jan to Feb amid softer demand

  • Novolipetsk Steel reveals long-term investment plans

  • Russia May Tighten Rules on Beer Brewing, Sales, Vedomosti Says

  • Facebook investor joins funding round for 360buy.com – FT

    • Russian group joins funding round for 360buy.com

  • 34   POWER MACHINES BOOSTS IFRS NET PROFIT FOR 2010 BY 32% TO $255.6 MLN

    • Power Machines' net profit rises in 2010

  • Acron reduces RAS net profit by 68% to 5.12 bln rubles in 2010 (Part 3)

  • Cherkizovo Agrees To Acquire Mosselprom - Quick Facts

  • Timing Is Key for Russia's IPO Hopefuls - By NADIA POPOVA And ALEXANDER KOLYANDR
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