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  1. News - World - RUSSIA

    Putin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he is willing to lead Russia

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 05:12am by AFP

    ... Russia:ex-tycoon Former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead ... launched an online movement dubbed "Open Russia" to unite pro-European Russians in a bid to challenge Putin's grip on power. "A minority will be influential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1597484/putin-foe-mikhail-khodorkovsky-says-he-willing-lead-russia
  2. News - World - RUSSIA

    'Vladimir Putin's lover' Alina Kabayeva to head Russian media firm

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:24pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow 'Putin's lover' to head media group An Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, rumoured to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's lover, has been appointed the head of a powerful pro-Kremlin media group. Alina Kabayeva, 31, announced on Monday that she was standing down early after seven years as a lawmaker for the ruling United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1594114/vladimir-putins-lover-alina-kabayeva-head-russian-media-firm
  3. News - World - RUSSIA

    Poland gets promise gas supplies from Russia will return to normal

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 09:04pm by GDN, Reuters

    ... The Guardian and Reuters Gazprom promises fuel contract will be met, after tensions over halving of supply Russia gas supply back to normal for Poland Poland said Russia's Gazprom had promised to deliver contracted gas supplies to its state-run gas importer PGNiG today, after a disruption to supplies stoked tensions between the two neighbours, which are at odds over the Ukraine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590288/poland-gets-promise-gas-supplies-russia-will-return-normal
  4. News - World - RUSSIA

    A glimpse into the opaque world of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 06:02am by GDN

    ... reshuffles and purges, are "more loyal to Putin than at any time since he took power". That doesn't mean the Kremlin is united. Former employees say the level of infighting ... state-controlled economy working on a project with people who are market-oriented liberals," said one former Kremlin employ. Far from finding this a problem, Putin relishes it, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582030/glimpse-opaque-world-vladimir-putins-kremlin
  5. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia extends scrutiny of McDonald’s after closing four branches in Moscow

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 07:24pm

    ... outside the United States and Canada, according to its last year annual report. Last month, Rospotrebnadzor’s branch in the Novgorod region opened a court case against McDonald’s as a result ... as the state food safety watchdog began unscheduled checks in several Russian regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were closed by the same agency. The food safety agency cited breaches ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1578589/russia-extends-scrutiny-mcdonalds-restaurants
  6. Business - Economy - RUSSIA

    Russia digs in its heels

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 11:44am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... standoff with the United States and Europe over Ukraine, a former Soviet state whose new government is seeking to integrate much more closely with the West in the face of opposition from the mainly ... on Russia in the belief that the EU lacked the resolve to toughen its sanctions regime- anticipated. Investors are far more sensitive to the conduct of United States monetary policy Since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1563306/russia-digs-its-heels
  7. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia bans food imports from West, but says it has nothing to do with sanctions

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:48am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... Washington Post in Moscow Faults found in fruit, cheese and other products have nothing to do with sanctions, insists Russia Moscow bans food imports from West As the United States ... explaining that the tactics are common in Russia. As evidence of the link to sanctions, Sonin pointed to the publicity devoted to the recent food bans in state-run media. "You can tell ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565645/russia-bans-food-imports-west-says-it-has-nothing-do-sanctions
  8. News - World - RUSSIA

    Edward Snowden applies to extend Russia stay as asylum status nears expiry

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:56pm by AFP

    ... establishment with a series of leaks on mass surveillance in the United States and around the world. He could not travel on from Sheremetyevo however after his passport was revoked, and was holed up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550581/edward-snowden-applies-extend-russia-stay-says-lawyer
  9. News - World - RUSSIA

    US envoy tells Russia to stop ‘exploiting’ boy’s death

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 09:18pm by AFP

    ... that the reports are not true. “We got to Pskov just fine,” she said. State Duma deputies meanwhile were preparing on Friday to vote on a special address to the US Congress regarding poor treatment ... to ban the (US) adoption of children into this country,” senior lawmaker with the majority United Russia party Sergei Neverov said ahead of the vote. “Its authorities are not evaluating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1156467/us-envoy-tells-russia-stop-exploiting-boys-death
  10. News - World - RUSSIA

    Bank fines a US attempt to 'blackmail' Paris into halting warship sale: Putin

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:39am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Moscow Putin says bank finesa form of 'blackmail' Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of using fines against French banks ... campaign to weaken Russia and subvert its influence in its post-Soviet neighbouring states. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545044/bank-fines-us-attempt-blackmail-paris-halting-warship-sale-putin

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