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Dmitry Medvedev

Russia, Japan vow new push to end islands dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Monday to renew efforts to find a solution to a decades-long territorial row that has prevented the two sides from signing a World War II peace treaty.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 11:47pm 4 comments

Cyprus approves first EU bailout measures as clock ticks

The Cyprus parliament finally gave its approval early on Saturday to the first two of eight measures hammered out by the government in a desperate bid to rescue an EU bailout ahead of a Monday deadline.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:56am

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country, the Kremlin said on Monday.

The law makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places and will take effect in two stages.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:17pm

Russia pulls out of US drugs agreement

Russia said on Wednesday it was pulling out of a decade-old drug control agreement with the United States in the latest sign of a deterioration in ties.

30 Jan 2013 - 9:46pm

Post-interview ‘hot mic’ embarrasses Russia’s Medvedev

Stark divisions within Russia’s elite were exposed on Monday when a hot mic mishap showed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slamming security forces as “jerks” for launching an early morning raid against a filmmaker.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:57pm

Who said it?

The president is given a 'top secret' folder. [It] contains information about aliens

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev jokes around, unaware the cameras are still rolling


At first I thought I was the target of the disputes, but over time I've come to realise the real target was a person who had nothing to do with me

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Russia’s Medvedev criticises France for backing Syrian rebels

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking before a visit to Paris on Monday, criticised France’s support for the Syrian opposition and accused European Union leaders of indecisiveness in dealing with the region’s economic crisis.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:24pm

Russian government approves anti-smoking bill

Russia’s government on Thursday approved a landmark deal that would crack down on smoking in a country where 44 million people, or 40 per cent of adults, light up.

18 Oct 2012 - 8:33pm

Russia plans to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes

Russia is cracking down on smoking with a bill to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes to help tackle a public health crisis in the world's second largest tobacco market after China.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:40am

Russia’s Medvedev calls for ban of tobacco ads

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday called for a ban on all tobacco ads as the government prepares a bill that would also phase out smoking in public.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:59pm