Perils of Ukraine’s revolution

Regime uncertainty. Photo: AFP

At a time when cynicism and scepticism about European integration are at a record high, the drama unfolding in Ukraine is a salutary reminder that the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law remain a beacon of hope to many in post-Soviet Eastern Europe.

Friday, 28 February, 2014, 5:12am

Sochi Games brings back memories, but let's move on

The Beijing Olympics made China more famous.

My first trip to the United States in early 2008 - with the Beijing Olympic Games just months away - gave me a street-level glimpse of China's rising profile on Wall Street as well as among ordinary Americans.

10 Feb 2014 - 1:54pm

Russia lays new charges against Putin foe Navalny

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during an opposition rally in Moscow on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic said on Tuesday he had been served with new theft and money-laundering charges, describing them as a part of an attempt to “terrorise” those who displease the authorities in Russia.

30 Oct 2013 - 12:44pm

Russia says Syria peace talks unlikely before October

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. Photo: AP

Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic schedule before then, a Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.

13 Aug 2013 - 2:55pm

Obama says Putin’s Cold War stance is damaging relations

US President Barack Obama. Photo: Xinhua

President Barack Obama complained on Friday that Russia had adopted a frostier stance towards the United States since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin, but both camps insisted ties have not broken down.

10 Aug 2013 - 7:10pm

Russian reporter’s murder trial starts despite boycott

The late Russian journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya. Photo: AFP

A Russian jury on Wednesday began hearing the case against five men suspected over the murder of anti-Kremlin reporter Anna Politkovskaya, despite a boycott of the trial by her children and their lawyers.

24 Jul 2013 - 5:57pm

Navalny returns to Moscow a hero

Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny (L), flanked by his wife Yulia (R), addresses supporters and journalists upon his arrival in a Moscow's railway station on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Top opposition leader Alexei Navalny triumphantly returned home to Russia’s capital on Saturday after his unexpected release from prison, saying he would push ahead with a bid to become Moscow mayor.

Navalny and his wife Yulia stepped off an overnight train from the northeastern city of Kirov to hundreds of supporters who chanted his name as dozens of riot police looked on.

20 Jul 2013 - 3:38pm 1 comment

Russian opposition leader Navalny found guilty

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Photo: AP

A Russian judge on Thursday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty of theft, a ruling that could send the charismatic anti-corruption blogger and Moscow mayoral candidate to prison for up to six years.

18 Jul 2013 - 4:51pm

Russia plans nuclear submarines for southern oceans

Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: AFP

Moscow plans to resume nuclear submarine patrols in the southern hemisphere after a break of more than 20 years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, in another example of efforts to revive Moscow's military.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:53am

Russia proposes exporting power to Japan: Nikkei

Warning signs in the No. 5 reactor building at a Chubu Electric Power nuclear facility. Japan has been struggling to establish safe, stable power supplies since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 forced a review of the country’s nuclear facilities. Photo: Reuters

Russia has offered to export electricity from the island of Sakhalin to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, using undersea cables, the Nikkei business daily said on Friday, in what would be Japan’s first imports of electric power.

31 May 2013 - 12:25pm

The force behind Russia's 'Oligarch Olympics'

Then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev with German Gref (left), Sberbank chief, at a ski facility under construction in 2011. Photo: AP

The mountains of Sochi are now home to Potanin's slope, Gazprom's gondola lift and Sberbank's ski jump. The nicknames used by locals and an army of construction workers leave no doubt about who is paying for the 2014 Winter Games: Russia's business powerhouses.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Gerard Depardieu compares Putin with Pope John Paul II

Depardieu received his new citizenship during a dinner with Putin in January. Photo: AFP

French actor and newly minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu yesterday compared President Vladimir Putin with the late Pope John Paul II and said the ex-KGB agent was what Russia needed as a leader.

19 May 2013 - 8:39am

Litvinenko coroner refuses evidence about Kremlin role in his death

Marina Litvinenko. Photo: AFP

The inquest into the death in Britain of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was close to collapse yesterday after the coroner ruled he could not hear evidence about the alleged role of the Kremlin in his poisoning.

19 May 2013 - 8:27am

Israel warns US about Russian arms sale to Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad. Photo: EPA

Israel warned the United States in recent days that Russia plans to sell advanced ground-to-air missile systems to Syria despite Western pressure on Moscow to hold off on such a move, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

9 May 2013 - 1:02pm

Jailed protesters cast shadow on anti-Putin rally

Russian police officers detain an unidentified man during a protest rally in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. Photo: AP

About 20,000 protesters thronged Bolotnaya Square across from the Kremlin on Monday, a year after a protest at the same spot turned violent on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.

7 May 2013 - 5:59pm