Vladimir Putin's anti-corruption drive met with cynicism

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters

More than 200 years ago, the renowned Russian historian Nikolai Karamzin summed up the situation in his country in two words: "They steal."

They still do, and the news in Russia lately has been dominated by one high-profile corruption scandal after another.

Thursday, 6 December, 2012, 5:00am

Russia’s Putin to meet Turkey’s Erdogan for Syria talks

People march on Istiklal Avenue on Sunday, protesting against Russia's President Viladimir Putin's visit to Istanbul on Monday. Photo: AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria.

3 Dec 2012 - 12:00pm

Russia frees physicist convicted of spying for China

Professor Valentin Danilov in 2003. Photo: AFP

Russia released a physicist who spent eight years in a Siberian prison on charges of spying for China in what supporters maintain was a wrongful conviction motivated by Soviet-style paranoia.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Russia frees physicist convicted of spying for China

Russian physicist Valentin Danilov. Photo: AFP

Russia on Saturday released a physicist who was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of spying for China despite his insistence that the information involved had long ago been declassified.

Valentin Danilov was released early from prison number 17 in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk with over three years of his original sentence remaining, Russian news agencies said.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:51pm

Pussy Riot member moved to solitary cell

Pussy Riot band member Maria Alekhina. Photo: AP

One of the jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates, Russian prison officials said Friday.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:40am

Briefs, November 24, 2012

Aide of sacked Russian defence minister held

24 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Right groups in Russia to oppose 'foreign agent' law

The Memorial rights group building was vandalised. Photo: AP

Workers at the Russian human rights organisation Memorial arrived at work to see a phrase spray-painted across their office building: "Foreign Agent."

Anonymous vandals scrawled the same words in giant, sloppy white letters across the door of For Human Rights, which represents citizens in disputes with police or prosecutors.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Briefs, November 22, 2012

President Hu Jintao met new Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Beijing yesterday. Hu said China stood ready to work with Russia on bilateral relations and co-operation in key areas, and maintain military ties

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Natalia Pereverzeva slams 'corrupt' Russia

Natalia Pereverzeva

Russia's candidate for a global beauty pageant has veered away from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging condemnation of her homeland under President Vladimir Putin, calling it a "beggar country" and a "great artery" that feeds a corrupt elite.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Russia anger at US linking of rights and trade

Russian officials are promising a tough response to US legislation that would impose sanctions on Kremlin officials if Congress finds them responsible for violating human rights.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Moscow anti-corruption drive spreads to Far East

President Vladimir Putin (right), with former defence ministers Anatoly Serdyukov (left) and Sergei Ivanov. Photo: AP

Ripples of scandal are spreading in Russia's Far East, where, auditors say, US$472 million in construction financing was misallocated. About US$200 million in missing funds have led to firings in the space industry. And corruption in the defence ministry has figured prominently in the media since November 6, leaving the fate of its former minister uncertain.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Roadworks damage Russian space communications

The Russian mission control centre in Korolyov. Photo: EPA

Russia lost the ability to send basic commands to most of its satellites and a segment of the International Space Station (ISS) following a cable failure near Moscow.

The Roscosmos space agency attributed the embarrassing malfunction to basic road repair work near the sprawling Korolyov mission control centre that sits within sight of one of Russia's most heavily used highways.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

EU bailout or not, Russian cash in Cyprus to stay

From left to right the flags of Cyprus, the European Union, Greece and Russia, hang outside a souvenir shop in the southern Cypriot port city of Limassol on November 9, 2012. Russian investment in the Mediterranean island has surged, particularly in the luxury property market. Photo: AFP

Property advertisements in Cyrillic letters, Russian radio and newspapers and even schools in the coastal resort of Limassol spell out the identity of Cyprus’s top foreign investors.

15 Nov 2012 - 12:00pm 1 comment

Briefs, November 15, 2012

Nancy Pelosi is to stay for another two-year term as House leader for Democrats. Photo: EPA

Pelosi to stay as House leader for Democrats

15 Nov 2012 - 6:30am

Russia paroles physicist jailed for spying

A Russian court yesterday paroled a physicist convicted of spying for China and jailed for 14 years in 2004 in a case criticised by human rights campaigners during President Vladimir Putin's first term.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:56am