Government of Russia

On 1991 coup anniversary, Putin accused of turning clock back

Russia's Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the United Russia party in Moscow April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky

Commemorations of events that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 were seized as a chance for ordinary Russians to criticise Vladimir Putin for reversing the progress towards democracy that had seemed unstoppable 21 years ago.

Monday, 20 August, 2012, 8:49pm

China and Russia to set up US$4b investment fund

China and Russia signed a deal to set up a US$4 billion joint investment fund yesterday as Russian President Vladimir Putin began a three-day visit to Beijing.

Putin's visit comes as the two countries seek to counterbalance the geopolitical clout of the United States in Asia and to bolster their joint stance on Syria.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

They want to see this sort of work no longer happening so you get rid of me, you get rid of the subject

Dr Sam Winter on HKU not extending his contract when he turns 60 next month

Jumping from the post of the head of the assembly line [to presidential envoy] is madness

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Russian strongman's return to the top

The news

Vladimir Putin reclaimed the Russian presidency on March 4, after winning almost 64 per cent of the vote. He previously served as president for eight years (2000-2008), and prime minister for four years.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Putin's grip on power will hold, but not for long

Vladimir Putin is going to win the presidential election in Russia on Sunday. In theory, that gives him six more years in power, and the right to run for a further six-year term after that. But it's very unlikely that Putin will be ruling Russia 12 years from now.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Putin's Russia not so united any more

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 major losses, its share of the vote falling from 64 per cent to barely more than half.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing and Moscow agree to deepen trust and links

Beijing and Moscow vowed yesterday to deepen mutual political trust and enhance strategic partnerships, signalling that the two powers may get closer at the United Nations, as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ended his two-day China visit.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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

I refer to the letter by Warren Chan Sze-chun ('Listen to the unhappiness of the people', September 10).

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Russians may come to rue loss of human rights

If a reminder was needed that the spread of democracy has been checked by authoritarianism, it came with the conviction of Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on theft charges, which will extend the political imprisonment of a critic of Vladimir Putin's autocratic rule.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Rough Justice

Rough Justice

by Jack Higgins

Harper, HK$91

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The New Cold War

The New Cold War

by Edward Lucas

Bloomsbury, HK$190

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Putin's visit to Minsk watched for merger signs

Kremlin denies talks in Belarus aim to pave way for unification

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Belarus' leader at the start of a visit closely watched for signs the two ex-Soviet neighbours were advancing towards a long-discussed merger.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Democracy means more than a majority vote

There are many forms of democracy, but no matter what the version, there are basic principles that must be followed. Russian President Vladimir Putin has eroded one of the most fundamental of these - the need for a viable political opposition - in his push for victory for his United Russia party in weekend parliamentary elections.

4 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Putin should use power for the people's sake

Russian President Vladimir Putin would seem to have resolved the intrigue about who will become the nation's most powerful person when he obeys the constitution and steps down in March. That person will be him.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Yeltsin's contribution should not be forgotten

Boris Yeltsin was a democrat, but it is as a revolutionary that he will be most remembered. The iconic image of the first Russian president, atop a tank outside parliament as he led the charge against a coup in August 1991 said it all: this was a charismatic man of action, at his best when under siege.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am