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  1. The tortuous birth of a credible opposition

    Posted Sep 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Gwynne Dyer He took off the Kremlin dog collar,' explained a friend of Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third-richest man, as the political party Prokhorov had founded to run against ... Russians back their self-respect and a modest degree of prosperity. He would win a free election hands down. So in Russia's interest, he should lighten up and allow the political system ...

  2. Beijing castigated over Darfur, but Russia supplied five times more arms

    Posted Jan 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Kristin Jones

    ... But data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute paints a different picture. The biggest supplier of major military hardware to Sudan from 2001 to 2008 was not China but Russia, according to an analysis by two political scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Russia supplied five times as many attack helicopters, fighter jets and other arms ...

  3. Talking points

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... this weekend could decide to refer Syria to the UN Security Council, despite the veto of a resolution on the country by Russia and China last month. The European powers say they are waiting to see how the Arab League advances with its sanctions clampdown on Syria before deciding whether to ask again for UN action against Damascus. Russia will be the president of the Security Council ...

  4. Putin's Russia not so united any more

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's carefully-cultivated strongman image has taken a hard knock with Russia's parliamentary election. His ruling United Russia party has suffered ... and there is no better chance for it to now take hold and blossom. Voters' discontent with United Russia's policies and the autocratic ways of Putin have robbed the party of its two-thirds ...

  5. Beijing and Moscow agree to deepen trust and links

    Posted Oct 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing and Moscow vowed yesterday to deepen mutual political trust and enhance strategic partnerships, signalling that the two powers may get closer ... in his meetings with President Hu Jintao and National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo yesterday that developing ties with China was the priority for Russia's foreign affairs. ...

  6. Investors warned on talk of Putin 'reforms'

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... in Russia. 'If you are not already investing in Russia and are thinking about it, be very, very careful,' said Volker, who was in Hong Kong last week as a guest of Republicans Abroad Hong ... 'It means that if you've found ways of being protected and can invest successfully in Russia, there's no reason to change. But talk of serious reform in Russia, I believe is just ...

  7. Revived Home Ownership Scheme will help to dissipate young people's anger

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the letter by Warren Chan Sze-chun ('Listen to the unhappiness of the people', September 10). Describing the actions of young protesters that led to scuffles during the forum to discuss the scrapping of Legislative Council by-election ...

  8. Snowdrops

    Posted Oct 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... genre(ish) writer to make the grade in recent years, after Tom Rob Smith's Child 44. Like Smith's breakthrough, Snowdrops is a thriller set in Russia. Miller selects contemporary Moscow, ... fraud at his job. Beautifully written and artfully structured, Snowdrops is a superior thriller and an incisive portrait of contemporary Russia. ...

  9. Neighbours on the brink of signing landmark deal

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in reaching the natural gas deal. 'The two may reach consensus more often on international political issues, and Russia may be more supportive of China when it is having problems on the global ... witnessed the signing of a series of documents with Wen on strengthening co-operation. If reached, the natural gas deal would see Russia supplying 68 billion cubic metres of gas to China each year ...

  10. Finalising gas deal focus of Putin visit

    Posted Oct 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com China and Russia are expected to push forward energy co-operation and show that they are still close partners when Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ... will give a political push to the deal,' Zhang said. However, analysts say the deal is unlikely to be finalised this week, although the two sides may reach consensus on other energy ...




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