Russia 101112 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 101112

Basic Political Developments


    • Nov 13: Working day, falling on Saturday

    • Nov 13: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to visit Bulgaria

    • Nov 13–14: President Dmitry Medvedev to attend Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Japan

    • Nov 14: President Dmitry Medvedev to meet with US President Barack Obama on sidelines of Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Japan

    • Nov 16–19: Slovenian President Danilo Turk to make official visit to Russia

    • Nov 17: President Dmitry Medvedev to hold talks with Slovenian President Danilo Turk

    • Nov 19–20: President Dmitry Medvedev to take part in Russia–NATO summit in Lisbon

    • Dec 1–2: President Dmitry Medvedev to take part in OSCE summit in Astana

    • Dec 3: President Dmitry Medvedev to meet Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Sochi

    • Dec 7: Russia–EU summit in Brussels

  • Lavrov hopes new US Congress will give up short-term considerations - “I hope that in the Congress not short-term considerations in an attempt to outplay other political party, but realization of the United States’ deep interests will prevail,” he said in a reply to journalists’ question how the change in the balance of forces in the U.S. Congress will affect Russia-U.S. relations.

  • Medvedev aware of U.S.-Russian spy scandal (Part 2)

    • RF should draw proper lessons from RF espionage case in US

  • Russia ready to work with U.S. on missile shield - According to Lavrov, if NATO indicated that it was open for mutually beneficial cooperation, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would explain Moscow's position at the upcoming NATO summit in Lisbon. As the minister noted, even if the joint project is carried out, it will not be directed against any country.

    • Russia, NATO unlikely to create joint missile defense system – Lavrov

    • URGENT: Russia ready to cooperate with NATO on missile defense in interests of all - Lavrov

    • Moscow believes Russia-NATO summit to end 'post-Cold War' period - Lavrov

  •  Moscow welcomes London's intentions to improve bilateral relations - "Ice [in Russian-British ties] is a relative concept. We have never frozen Russian-British ties since it is one of the most important issues in Russian policy. Russian and British business cooperation shows that life makes us develop good relations instead of obstacles," Lavrov said.

  • Rushing in - Putin will visit Bulgaria on November 13 and will meet his counterpart Boiko Borissov, with analysts predicting that the Russian prime minister will secure major advances on the two bigger projects, with little or no discussion expected on the Bourgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline, where Bulgaria is unhappy with the environmental issues raised by the project. But the other two are both of key importance for Moscow: Belene is slated to become the first Russian nuclear plant built in the European Union, which Russia hopes will open future opportunities on a continent where nuclear power is seeing renewed interest, while South Stream is meant to prevent a possible decline of Russia's importance as a key natural gas source for the bloc, as well as give Moscow further leverage in case of future gas transit disputes with Ukraine.

  • Czech Relations Improving - Russia and the Czech Republic stand “an excellent chance” of bringing the volume of their economic relations, which has shrunk heavily after the global financial crisis, to its pre-crisis level by the end of 2010, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday… Klaus also expressed hope that economic relations would improve and said he planned a meeting with Russian business figures for Friday.

    • Prime Minister Vladimir Putin meets with Czech President Vaclav Klaus - During the conversation, Vladimir Putin expressed satisfaction with how both countries have handled the decline in trade and economic relations in 2009. He also highlighted “the good prospects in the energy sector, industry, the financial sector, and transport.” Vaclav Klaus, for his part, stressed that expanding economic and other relations “is in the best interests of both countries.”

  • Greens attack Australia's move to sell uranium to Russia - Environmentalists on Friday attacked Australia's decision to sell uranium to Russia, voicing concerns over safety standards and a lack of inspections.

  • Delayed RF-Japan doc signing not linked with Medvedev visit - The delayed signing of a Russian-Japanese economic protocol planned on Friday is not linked with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the South Kuriles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku told a news conference here on Friday.

    • Japan refuses to sign economic protocol with Russia - Japan refused to sign a protocol on economic cooperation with Russia on Friday in protest against Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the South Kuriles, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akihiro Ohata said at a meeting of a committee of the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on Friday.

    • Japan firms get Russian order for power-heat cogeneration systems - Kawasaki Heavy and Sojitz will sign an agreement Friday to supply the systems between 2011 and 2014 with the Vladivostok-based Far Eastern Center for Strategic Research on Fuel and Energy Complex Development, the two said.

    • Gas Deal With Japan May Stall - Viktor Timoshilov, head of Gazprom’s Eastern projects division, will still meet with trade ministry officials Friday, said Hirohide Hirai, director of the petroleum and natural gas division at the trade ministry.

  • Russia, Japan leaders to meet amid islands spat - "The timing (of the talks with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan) is still being agreed. They will discuss the Russian-Japanese relationship," Medvedev spokeswoman Natalya Timakova told reporters.

    • Medvedev to meet with Japanese leader during APEC summit

    • Medvedev and Kan to Hold Japan-Russia Talks at APEC (Update1)

    • Russian, Japanese leaders to meet amid island row

  • No kimonos for world leaders during APEC summit - Informal national attire during APEC summits was first introduced in Seattle in 1993. The leaders were then given leather jackets to wear. Since then the leaders of the Asian-Pacific countries have worn the host nation's clothes to pose for photo shoots.

  • G20 Summit Seoul

    • URGENT: G20 summit to seriously lessen currency war threat - Medvedev

    • Russia to seek adoption of convention on oil spill prevention at next G20 summit - Medvedev

    • BRIC countries approve of including S.Africa in group - Medvedev

    • G20 against U.S. idea of current account limits - Kremlin aide

    • G20 to agree to avoid 'artificial devaluations': Russia

    • Russia won't invest in troubled economies says Kremlin aide

    • Russia's investment policy to be guided by global economy

    • Russia content with denunciation of currency wars

    • G20 to draft road map toward macroeconomic policy benchmarks-Kudrin

    • S.Korea proposes global financial security network at G20 summit

    • Medvedev holds talks with German chancellor, Turkish PM

    • Medvedev attends G20 plenary meeting in Seoul

    • Medvedev holds working meetings on G-20 fringes

    • British investors show interest in Russia's hi-tech hub - British companies are interested in participating in Russia's hi-tech hub, Skolkovo, a source in the Russian delegation at the G20 summit said on Friday.

  • Medvedev to visit India in December for RF-India summit – Sergei Ivanov: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit India in December to attend the Russia-India summit, Vice Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said.

  • Russian plane crashes in West Darfur - A Russian plane crashed while trying to land Thursday in West Darfur killing at least two people and injuring 17 others, Sudanese civil aviation said.

  • Somali pirates seize freighter with Russian national

  • Latvia’s speculations over Russian border issues provocative – FM: The Russian Foreign Ministry has described as provocative attempts by the Foreign Ministry of Latvia to speculate on the theme of the border with Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Alexei Sazonov told the media on Thursday.

  • Armenia is grateful to its Russian friends – Sargsyan: Stable Armenian-Russian strategic partnership is developing and inter-parliamentary cooperation plays key role in strengthening of bilateral ties, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said during meeting with delegates of Armenian-Russian inter-parliamentary cooperation committee.

  • Moscow backs Azerbaijani elections - "First of all, we would like to note the greater activity of citizens at polling stations, compared to the 2005 elections, the good level of organization of the elections, the professional work of the Azerbaijani Central Election Commission," Sazonov said, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry website.

  • Interior Minister: 'More Russian Spy Networks Operate in Georgia'

    • Wife and Son of Detained ‘Spy’ Lash Out at Tbilisi - The relatives of a retired Russian police officer arrested on spying charges in Georgia accused Tbilisi authorities on Thursday of denying him a fair trial.

  • Pretrial hearings on Russian pilot’s case begin in NY - Pretrial hearings on the case of a Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been facing drug trafficking charges in the U.S., are due to begin in New York today.

  • Dagestan's president performs Hajj - In October 2010, Magomedov received an invitation to the complete the Hajj as an honorary guest of the Saudi king.

  • Russian opposition to hold unsanctioned rally in downtown Moscow - Activists of a Russian opposition movement will gather in downtown Moscow on Friday for a "Day of Wrath" rally against recent attacks on a journalists and an environmental activist.

  • Russian protest over media attacks - Rally organiser Anatoly Globa-Mikhailenko said: “It’s very good that the investigation is now under the special control [of Russian President Dimitry Medvedev] and that the president is not indifferent to what is going on in our country. But how can it help? This is the question.”

  • Chief auditor in Primorsky Ter detained when taking bribe

  • Train with coal derails on Transsib, none hurt

  • Almost 40% of Russians drink to excess — expert

  • Sections of 2 ring roads in Moscow to be over before yearend

  • Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, November 12, 2010

    • President Dmitry Medvedev will hold an online question-and-answer session with the public on November 16 in what analysts called a show of his commitment to modernization and his wish to run for president in 2012, the Moscow Times said. Meanwhile, Nezavisimaya Gazeta says the president’s address to Russia’s bicameral legislature, the Federal Assembly, tentatively planned for November 17, may be delayed until November 22(The Moscow Times, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

    • Only three parties - pro-Kremlin United Russia and A Just Russia parties, as well as the Communists - would manage to clear the seven-percent threshold in the December 2011 parliamentary elections, according to the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM)(Komersant, Vedomosti)

    • This year’s presidential elections in Belarus may set the country’s record for the number of candidates. At least ten potential candidates managed to gather 100,000 signatures in their support required for registration. The final announcement is expected in late November. Meanwhile, opposition leader Vladimir Neklyaev, widely seen as incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival, may be denied registration as his political movement was closed on Thursday.(Vremya Novostei, Kommersant)

    • Russian natural resources ministry seeks to speed up prospecting natural resources in Russia. One possible variant is to let companies choose areas for prospecting and allow several companies to prospect minerals in the same area(Vedomosti)

    • The body overseeing the Cyrillic Internet domain said 184,352 addresses were registered as registration was opened to the general public on Thursday. More than 36,000 domain names were registered in the first hour alone, the Coordination Center for the National Internet Domain said on its website (The Moscow Times)

    • G20 leaders have little chance to agree on currency issues during the summit in Seoul, but it plays no major role for Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin said(Vedomosti)

    • Russian Standard, a major Russian vodka producer, has agreed to buy one of Ukraine’s largest alcohol producers Nemiroff (Vedomosti)

    • The Russian Orthodox Church is set to boost its missionary work, citing the necessity to conduct “the second Christianization” of Russians(Vremya Novostei)

    • Police disclosed the names of four suspects detained in connection with the terrifying mass murder of 12 people in South Russia. The suspects, aged 17 to 23, possibly killed eight adults and four minors in order to be accepted into a local gang(Vremya Novostei, Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

    • The Investigative Committee reopened a criminal case into the 2008 attack on journalist Mikhail Beketov, who lost his leg and the ability to speak in the attack.(The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

  • Fradkov Under Fire for Spy Defection - State Duma deputies demanded the ouster of spymaster Mikhail Fradkov on Thursday for failing to expose a double agent in his Foreign Intelligence Service who purportedly betrayed 11 Russian agents to the United States in June.

  • The Spy Who Loves Them - The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is reportedly reeling from an excruciating “stab in the back,” after revelations that the eleven Russian sleeper spies sent packing from the United States in late June were betrayed by one of their own. Colonel Shcherbakov of SVR's ''C'' department, whose job was to plant agents in the United States, has been identified by an SVR source as the mole who betrayed the Russian spies, the Kommersant business daily reported on Thursday.

  • Russia's Steve Jobs - Like many great Russian success stories (Faberge, Kalashnikov, Tupolev), Kaspersky bears the name of a single individual: Eugene Kaspersky, who founded the company 13 years ago and is still its chief executive. Or rather, it bears the name of two individuals, as a good deal of the company's success is also due to co-founder and chairman Natalya Kaspersky.

  • Tracing the Rise of 'The New Nobility' - Fortunately there are inquisitive and intrepid journalists like Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to bring nuance, analysis and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting to the subject of the revival of Russia’s security services. In their new book “The New Nobility,” Soldatov and Borogan — co-founders of the web site — provide a sober look at the increasing influence of the KGB’s main successor, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, on the country’s affairs under Putin.

  • Next Cold War heated with natural gas? - Russia launched the South Stream pipeline not for energy reasons but to pull Ukraine eastward, a strategy that could spark a Cold War-like conflict between Europe and Russia, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has warned.

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