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  1. Russia's communists embrace democracy

    Posted Nov 14th 2004, 12:00am by Fred Weir

    ... Fred Weir in Moscow Russia's ailing Communist Party has chosen a surprising late-life mission: to champion democracy against the encroachment of an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin. 'We are ready to work with all who support multiparty politics, human rights and civic freedoms,' says Vladimir Kashin, deputy chairman of the party and a member of its dwindling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/478022/russias-communists-embrace-democracy
  2. Fight on terrorism will top Wen's agenda in Russia

    Posted Sep 18th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Jiabao travels to Russia and Kyrgyzstan next week, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The premier was scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of state at a meeting of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO), which included Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. 'China and Russia are both direct victims of international terrorism... Therefore, we have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/470787/fight-terrorism-will-top-wens-agenda-russia
  3. 'No quarrel' with Russia on Siberian oil pipeline

    Posted Apr 01st 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Siberia with northeast China, says the ambassador to Russia. At a rare press conference in Moscow, Liu Guchang rejected claims that the Russian government had been influenced by Japanese lobbying in rerouting the pipeline, and stressed that Beijing and Moscow had agreed on the project. China and Russia signed a preliminary agreement in 2000 to build an oil pipeline from Angarsk in Eastern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/450607/no-quarrel-russia-siberian-oil-pipeline
  4. Kremlin offering the wrong cure for terrorism

    Posted Sep 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of extensive new political powers for President Vladimir Putin. Additional funding for the military and for law enforcement was proposed, but without any of the deeper reforms that would be needed ... forces and curbing civil liberties, Mr Putin is shaping Russia into the illiberal democracy many outsiders already believe it has become, while at the same time doing nothing to make Russians ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/470716/kremlin-offering-wrong-cure-terrorism
  5. Fatal siege 'bitter fruit of Moscow's atrocities'

    Posted Sep 07th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... between what happened in Beslan and Russia's policy in Chechnya.' Under President Vladimir Putin, that has consisted of rejecting negotiations with separatists and meeting resistance ... hostage-taking and the killing of hostages as 'unacceptable in any circumstances'. He said Russia's approach to Chechnya was leading to more violence and similar acts of terrorism. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/469445/fatal-siege-bitter-fruit-moscows-atrocities
  6. Russia told Bush that Hussein would attack US, Putin says

    Posted Jun 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Astana, Kazakhstan Russia warned Washington before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein's regime was preparing attacks against the US and its interests abroad, ... Russia to waver from its firm opposition to the war. 'After September 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services... received information ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/460090/russia-told-bush-hussein-would-attack-us-putin-says
  7. New force in politics has shades of USSR

    Posted Oct 09th 2004, 12:00am by Fred Weir

    ... A successful small businessman in the Moscow suburb of Perovo, Mr Gerasimov is the newest local member of United Russia, the Kremlin-backed Goliath that is fast becoming Russia's largest and most influential political club. 'I decided to join up because of the stabilisation of political life in Russia and because of the growing public confidence towards the party of power and its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/473497/new-force-politics-has-shades-ussr
  8. Wen's Russian trip lays groundwork for Beijing summit

    Posted Sep 28th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Co-operation on energy and trade are expected to be high on the agenda Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Russia last week laid important groundwork ... on energy and trade will be high on the agenda and Mr Wen is expected to press Russia to route a pipeline from the Siberian oilfields to the northeastern Chinese oilfield of Daqing. Japan has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/472073/wens-russian-trip-lays-groundwork-beijing-summit
  9. Acute political skills now needed in Ukraine

    Posted Dec 08th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the ruling regime on the run. The official results of the November 21 poll showed pro-Russia Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to be the clear winner. But the elections were hopelessly flawed, ... and must press home his advantage. But people power may not be enough- acute political skills will also be needed. And this might involve giving a little ground. Whoever wins the presidency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/481226/acute-political-skills-now-needed-ukraine
  10. Beslan provides a chance to study deeper reforms

    Posted Sep 07th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... into closer alliance with Islamic jihad groups. A more productive path would see Russia engage with Chechnya's moderate leaders, with the support of international bodies such as Nato ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/469432/beslan-provides-chance-study-deeper-reforms

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