Russia 101014 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 101014

Basic Political Developments

  • Chavez Due In Moscow To Boost Bilateral Ties

    • Hugo Chavez to talk in Moscow on bilateral coop plans up to 2014 - The main result of the visit is expected to be the signing of the Action Plan that, according to the idea of the two countries’ Foreign Ministries, will lay foundations for the development of cooperation for a period up to 2014. The document specifies interaction in such spheres as he foreign policy, financial sector, oil and gas industry, military-technical cooperation, nuclear power industry, telecommunications, agriculture, fisheries, transport, education, health, tourism, sports, culture, liquidation of natural calamities’ aftermath.

    • Chavez Visit to Land Social Housing Deal - The redevelopment included construction of earthquake-resistant high-rise buildings and infrastructure to relocate residents from city slums to better housing. Putin visited Venezuela in April and proposed working on the project after seeing the size of Caracas' slums.

    • Hugo Chavez to talk military, trade in Moscow - Venezuela is constructing three military plants – to produce Kalashnikov rifles, to make cartridges, and an aircraft repair plant to service Russian helicopter equipment. Caracas plans to buy ten Ilyushin planes, two Il-78MK refueling aircraft and Russian Mi-28NE helicopters. Venezuela might also become the first export customer for Sukhoi fighter jets, according to the Russian military export company, Rosoboronexport. Future exports of military equipment to Venezuela may soon reach US$5 billion, said Vladimir Putin.

    • Chavez begins nuclear power, olive oil foreign tour

  • German president to visit Ulyanovsk - The press service of the regional government told Itar-Tass that the two-day stay of the German president in Ulyanovsk includes a meeting with governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergei Morozov and students of the Russian-German department of Ulyanovsk State University, visiting an exhibition of Russian-German joint projects and a meeting with representatives of the Ulyanovsk regional German cultural autonomy.

  • Putin in Sochi to sign 2014 F1 race contract - It emerged last weekend that F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone had agreed terms for the race, to be held on a bespoke circuit, and was only waiting for the agreement to be formally signed.

    • Sochi to host Formula 1 Grand Prix - paper: Vedomosti daily said the governor of the Krasnodar region, Alexander Tkachev, will sign a contract on Thursday with the president and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration, Bernie Ecclestone. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will also take part in the ceremony of signing the contract.

  • Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to sign agreement on joint macroeconomic policy in near future - An agreement between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on macroeconomic policy could be signed in the near future, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said at the fifth plenary session of the Russia-EU Dialogue on financial and macroeconomic policy.

  • NPP Belene Contract with Russia Extended - The contract between the Bulgarian National Electric Company (NEK) and Russian company Atomstroyexport has been extended by 6 months, Russian agencies informed.

  • Medvedev has no plans to meet with Belarusian leader - Kremlin chief of staff

  • Byelorussian autocephaly was not discussed between Lukashenko, Patriarch Bartholomew – administration

    • Today: Such was the arrival - Aleksandr Lukashenko was possibly considering a Belarusian Orthodox autocephaly

  • Russia to commence deliveries of goods to Armenia through Turkey - International forum "Strategic Partnership 1520: Caucasus Region” completed in Baku. Addressing to the forum, RZD senior vice president Valery Reshetnikov informed that ferry service would open these days between the ports of Caucasus (Russia) and Samsun (Turkey).

  • Russian investors looking towards Pak after 25 years - Chairman Board of Investment Saleem H Mandviwalla said that Pakistan and Russia have restored economic relations after 25 years, as Russian businessmen are interested to invest here in different sectors including oil and gas exploration, mineral, infrastructure development, and communications.

  • Russian help sought to set up disaster management centre - India will be seeking Russia's assistance in setting up a national disaster management centre modelled on a Russian facility, Union IT and Communications Minister A. Raja said.

  • Moscow urges Tbilisi to normalize relations with Abkhazia, S.Ossetia - Russia has called on Georgia to normalize its relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.“It’s decision time for Tbilisi – further maneuvering makes no sense and offers no prospect,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said in an interview with the Interfax agency.

  • FTA session launches with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan - This week saw the beginning of the first working session of the research team to shore up a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and a customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The deal will result in mass economic, trade, services and investment benefits for all the countries involved.

  • Trade beween Russia and Ukraine to double

  • Russia and Ukraine team up to produce helicopter engines

  • Russian-Ukrainian talks on Ukraina cruiser proceeding constructively

  • Russia allocates $1 mln for Kyrgyz children - The Russian government decided to provide the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) with $1 million to help Kyrgyz children, the organization said.

  • Armenian political elite figuring in criminal cases in Russia - 32 representatives of the Armenian political and business elite are figuring in criminal cases instituted by the Russian law enforcement bodies. According to the Zhamanak newspaper, during the investigation of a number of criminal cases Russian law enforcement bodies revealed a connection between the criminal world and Armenian high ranking officials.

  • Primorye customs seize container with 14 tonnes of drug-containing plants - A 40 foot container with narcotic-containing Ephedra plants was seized at Nakhodka customs, Far Eastern customs press secretary Stanislav Shchedrin told Interfax.

  • Three policemen killed in exchange of fire with gunmen in Dagestan

  • 2-Week National Census Kicks Off - The census will run for two weeks, until Oct. 25. During that time, some 600,000 census takers, many of them students, will be trying to convince every human being in Russia to open the doors of their homes and tell the truth about their nationality, income, language skills, housing facilities and many other personal matters.

    • Russia nationwide population census launched

    • Census starts from Russia's far east

  • Superjet 100 taking off - Serial production of the regional aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been deployed in the manufacturing enterprises of the Sukhoi aircraft corporation. This was announced at the International Aviation Forum "Wings of Russia" in Moscow, by the head of the Russian branch of the joint Russian-Italian enterprise SuperJet International,  Dmitry Mirgorodski.

    • Sukhoi Superjet 100 passes noise testing program

  • Central Moscow fire put out, 9 injured (Update 1)

  • PACE head meets Muslim leader in Russia - Mevlut Cavusoglu, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe met with religious leaders in Moscow, Russia.

  • October 28-30 in Moscow conference "World of Islam: history, society, culture"
    Khimki forest on Russia's road to nowhere - A meeting in Brussels this week ussian ecologists and the European Commission – a part-sponsor of the road – could see the rest of the route stopped dead in its tracks.

  • RIA Novosti Press Review for Thursday, October 14, 2010

  • PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Oct 14

    • Vladimir Potanin, co-owner of metals giant Norilsk Nickel (GMKN.MM: Quote, Profile, Research), wants to get $2.5-3 billion for a 80 percent stake in his utility unit OGK-3 -- the amount he paid for a 40 percent stake in 2007, the daily says.

    • Russia is launching production of drones based on Israeli technology at a military plant in Kazan, the daily says in connection with a deal signed between Russia's arms maker Oboronprom and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

    • Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) subsidiary, is asking Russia to double its spending on the Exxon Mobil-led Sakhalin-1 project to $100 billion. If Russia agrees it will become the most expensive project in the Russian oil sector, the daily says.

    • The size of the average bribe in Russia has grown by 25 percent this year and reached 30,500 roubles ($1,012), according to official statistics.

    • Russia is launching a census on Thursday which will last for the next two weeks. The results will be published in a year, the daily says.

    • The average monthly salary in Russia in the first half of 2010 was 20,000 roubles ($663.80), the daily reports.

    • Russia, Germany and France are likely to discuss on Oct 17-18 the possibility of reconciling Moldova with its rebel Transdniestr region by inviting the ex-Soviet republic to join the EU, the daily says.

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