Russia 100209 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 100209

Basic Political Developments

  • Itar-Tass: The Iranian nuclear problem was one of the topics of a telephone conversation between Lavrov and Clinton

  • RBC: U.S., Russian officials discuss pressing international issues

  • RIA: Top Russian MP says too soon to congratulate Yanukovych

  • Komsomolskaya Pravda: According to Boris Gryzlov, better to congratulate Yanukovych after the inauguration

  • RIA: Medvedev, EU "wise men" to discuss security, visas

  • Itar-Tass: Medvedev, Gonzalez to discuss RF-EU partnership

  • NATO News: NATO Strategic Concept to be discussed in Moscow - From 9th to 12th February 2010, the Group of Experts on the NATO Strategic Concept will visit Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Federation. As part of the reflection period, the group, under the leadership of Dr. Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, will participate in discussions with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of the National Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev and will meet with the members of the Duma, Lower House of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

  • Hillary Clinton to open Katyn exhibit? - An exhibition on the Katyn massacre of Polish officers in Soviet Russia in 1940 is to open at the Library of Congress in Washington on 5 May.

  • RIA: Russia's work to build China's Tianwan nuclear plant stage to cost $1.8 bln

  • Bloomberg: Japan Loses Vietnamese Nuclear Project to Russia, Nikkei Says

  • KyivPost: OSCE, Russia discuss Moldova-Transdniestria settlement

  • Arab Monitor: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Moscow

  • Reuters: Hamas leader says U.S. blocking Palestinian unity

  • Russia Today: “Russia uses any opportunity to promote Palestinian unity” - One of the main topics to be discussed with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashal will be tackling the inter-Palestinian division and Russia’s support for it, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrey Nesterenko. During a weekly briefing he also spoke about the visits to Moscow of South Ossetia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Murat Dzhioev and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Store; the Munich Security Conference; Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Central America; and also about the so-called Strategy for Northern Kosovo.

  • Reuters: France defends decision to sell Russia warship - President Nicolas Sarkozy defended the decision during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was paying a flying visit to Paris.

  • The Moscow Times: Kremlin Acquires Plot Alongside Eiffel Tower

  • Financial Times: Putin learns from mistake of 2004 - Moscow-based analysts said Mr Putin would not repeat the blunder of 2004, when he hailed Mr Yanukovich's victory in a fraudulent election that triggered the Orange Revolution. But Sergei Markov, a senior member of United Russia, the pro-Kremlin ruling party, said Mr Yanukovich's expected victory cleared the way for Moscow to provide aid to help Ukraine battle the economic crisis. "Now that Yanukovich is president, the Russian authorities will be ready to provide help," he said.

  • BarentsObserver: Russia started building new sub to carry Bulava missiles - The Russian shipyard Sevmash has started construction of the fourth Borey-class nuclear powered submarine Svyatitel Nikolay, a source in Severodvinsk tells RIA Novosti.

  • RIA: Cuba, Russia agree to mutually recognize diplomas, academic degrees

  • Onlanka News: President Rajapaksa- Face to face in Moscow

  • The Financial: Court to Hear GPB, Eutelsat Dispute in Two Weeks

  • AFP: Rogge concerned over Russian doping cases

  • Russia Today: IOC boss warns Russia against doping

  • Itar-Tass: Putin tours Ufa-based major transformer-making plant

  • Russia Polls: Dynamic duo still popular - According to a poll from the Levada Center 75% of respondants were satisfied with Medvedev's performance as president, and 39% said they trusted him. Putin's scored a rating of 78% for his performance as prime minister and 48% trusted him.

  • RIA: Russian parliament conflict over: speaker signs agreement with Putin backers

  • The Moscow Times: Medvedev Proposes 4 New Governors

  • Itar-Tass: RF first Internet safety forum to open in Moscow

  • Moscow News: Pro-Medvedev liberals push radical agenda - Liberal supporters of President Dmitry Medvedev cranked up the pressure for radical reforms last week, calling on Russia to dismantle the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry, do away with conscription, reintroduce direct elections for governors and even join the European Union.

  • RFE/RL: Rights Activists Detained, Released In Chechnya

  • Moscow News: Russian investigators want to hunt for suspects abroad

  • Russia Today: New plan to get Berezovsky extradited?

  • RIA: Berezovsky's lawsuit against Russian broadcaster considered in London

  • Russia Today: Bag me a couple: new Russian helicopters go international - Sergey Mikryukov from Kumertau aviation production enterprise said the Ka-226T just got on to the short list of an Indian tender for more than 200 choppers

  • The Moscow Times: Mayor Denies Renege on Demolition

  • Telegraph: Hermitage boss Bill Browder sued by Russian convict

  • The Georgian Daily: Russia’s Pragmatic Reimperialization – by Janusz Bugajski

  • Russia: St. Petersburg land reclamation project faces ecological protest - Local scientists are claiming that the Marine Facade project and other construction on reclaimed land is a threat to the ecological situation in the Neva Bay.

National Economic Trends

  • RBC: Russia's tariff protection to double after WTO accession

  • Interfax: Dollar edges down against ruble as oil shows signs of stabilizing

  • Interfax: Banks have 477.6 bln rbs on CBR correspondent accounts on February 9

  • The Moscow Times: Number of Exchange Booths Down by 1/4

  • Black Sea Grain: Russian grain exports reach 1.54 million tons this January, up 52.5%  

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