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  1. Young patriots rise up to protect Putin

    Posted Jul 29th 2007, 12:00am by Fred Weir

    ... of Nashi, which means 'Ours' in Russian, the Putinista youth movement established by the Kremlin two years ago to ward off the threat of a Ukrainian-style orange revolution in Russia ... that Russia turn over Andrei Lugovoi, the chief suspect in last year's radiation murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. 'They are proposing that we violate our constitution' which ...

  2. Yeltsin's contribution should not be forgotten

    Posted Apr 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... about political choice than protecting people and their livelihoods. Even so, it is important that Russia's hard-won democratic reforms are not eroded. Russians may not remember ... was a less successful leader. Yeltsin was instrumental in hammering the last nails into the coffin of the Soviet Union and parting the curtain on the new, democratic Russia. But his efforts were ...

  3. Putin's visit to Minsk watched for merger signs

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for signs the two ex-Soviet neighbours were advancing towards a long-discussed merger. The creation of a single state could allow Mr Putin to become the leader of a Russia-Belarus federation after ... be part of the agenda, and the secretary of the existing Russia-Belarus executive body had said it would likely be discussed. Many politicians and observers in both nations said Mr Putin's ...

  4. Putin should use power for the people's sake

    Posted Oct 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for him to become prime minister. With it likely that his party will win a two-thirds majority, he would then be able to alter the constitution and change the presidential-heavy political system. ... During his eight years of rule, the budding democratic roots that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union have been either pruned back or killed. There is no longer a viable political ...

  5. China, Russia must allay fears over warming ties

    Posted Feb 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China's burgeoning relationship with Russia is based on economic, energy and military considerations, but there is also a geopolitical dimension that is troubling for some nations, the US among them. Beijing needs to take this into consideration when furthering its co-operation so as not to cause undue tensions. Ties between China and Russia have led to friction ...

  6. Wu Yi talks up trade in Russia

    Posted Jun 12th 2007, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man in St Petersburg, Russia A visit to Russia's former imperial capital by Vice-Premier Wu Yi at the weekend brought Shanghai investments, 168 mainland businessmen and 19 contracts worth US$2 billion to St Petersburg, but more than anything, it signalled that Moscow and Beijing want trade, not politics, to fuel their relationship. Ms Wu's four-day tour ...

  7. Hu Jintao to make third trip to Russia

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Hu's visit would further improve political, economic and military ties with Russia, with contracts totalling more than US$2 billion expected to be signed, including those by about 100 Chinese ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Energy, trade and military links top agenda, says diplomat President Hu Jintao will next week embark on his third trip to Russia, with energy, trade and military ...

  8. Russia adds intrigue to Banco Delta quagmire

    Posted May 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Pyongyang's nuclear programme could move ahead. Russia stayed happily in the background. Despite long relations with North Korea, mainland banks did not want to become involved and Beijing insisted ... normal trade and commerce can still take place through the banking system.' Now it has brought Moscow into the deal, saying it wants half the money moved to banks in Russia and Italy. Some ...

  9. Carmakers face bumpy drive into Russia

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... Kandy Wong Mainland carmakers will have to overcome additional hurdles if they want to invest in Russia where political maneuverings have led to changes in the investment climate. In addition to reports on the mainland last week that Russia was shelving import tax benefits, the country has tightened rules on new investments in building car manufacturing plants. Carol Thomas, JD ...

  10. Political will to find a way round term limits

    Posted Oct 11th 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... of his party, United Russia, in December's parliamentary election. United Russia is certain to win the election- and Mr Putin told the party's congress that he would be willing to take the job of prime minister once he retires as president in March. Mr Putin is by far the most powerful and popular politician in Russia. If he becomes prime minister, the executive power will slide ...




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