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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

Court jails women punk band members for anti-Putin protest in church

The three Pussy Riot members at the court hearing. Photo: Reuters

A judge sentenced three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot to two years' jail yesterday for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader's "personal revenge".

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

Who said it?

The task of protecting our Far Eastern territories from excessive expansion by bordering states remains in place

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's warning to China

Liberal studies trains students' way of thinking, while Chinese history deals with historical facts

Education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim defends national education

15 Aug 2012 - 11:29pm

65 Chinese fishermen set free by Russia

Russia yesterday released nearly all the Chinese fishermen it detained late last month, with the exception of four captains, according to China News Service.

Russian border authorities told the state news agency that 65 fishermen from four boats were being sent home after they were arrested for crossing into Russian waters in two separate incidents last month.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Russia will allow Chinese fishermen to return home

Beijing will post bail for dozens of mainland fishermen arrested in Russian waters a fortnight ago and work with Moscow on ways to prevent similar incidents in future.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China incensed by Russia's move to charge fishermen

A rare diplomatic dispute between China and Russia, in which dozens of Chinese fishermen were arrested in Russian waters, has deteriorated after Moscow decided to press criminal charges against the captains of two Chinese trawlers seized a week ago.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sino-Russian relations find uneasy accord

With a common strategic interest in counterbalancing the West, China and Russia have presented a united front in major international issues, but analysts noted that long-term divisions between the two major powers still exist as they jostle for leading roles in global affairs.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

US and Russia are best hope for Syria

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's peace mission to end the bloody conflict in Syria always had only the slimmest chance of success. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plainly does not want to negotiate with his opponents, preferring to answer those who want him to give sway to democratic rule with guns.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

NEW ASIAN DEMAND

The leasing market for Hong Kong's luxury homes is being supported by rich central Asians, just as demand from expatriates has been hit by cost-cutting measures, according to a report by Savills. Demand from investors in the energy and commodity sectors from Russia and Mongolia, plus big international retailers, is on the rise.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

C.Y. may have role planned for city's environment chief

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Mouths agape at Sir David's tangy criticisms of Tiananmen and graft

We hear that Sir David Tang, of Shanghai Tang and China Club fame, caused a stir in Beijing recently as a guest speaker at the gala dinner of the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific 2012.

11 Apr 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

Russia eyes closer ties on Korean Peninsula

Vladimir Putin's resurgence as president of Russia evokes uneasy memories of the era of Soviet rule when Russia was the dominant element in an empire that encompassed much of eastern Europe and central Asia. Since the fall of communist rule more than 20 years ago, Russia has receded as a global power. The cold war is long over.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

To Russia, with touch of garlic charm

Chicken Kiev may have gone from chic to kitsch, but with its golden breadcrumb crust and liquid garlic butter centre, the dish has spread far beyond its eponymous city. That is, if it did originate in Kiev at all.

8 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