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  • Russian markets closed until Friday

    09/18/2008 5:15:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 279+ views
    Yahoo!Asia ^ | 09/18/08
    Russian markets closed until Friday Russia ordered its main stock exchanges closed for another day Thursday as President Dmitry Medvedev called for pouring 500 billion rubles ($20 billion) into financial markets in an effort to stabilize them. The government is struggling to stem a dizzying plummet in share prices and restore confidence in the economy _ a plummet that has revived memories of the 1998 financial collapse. "We have sufficient reserves and a strong economy, which guarantees the avoidance of any shocks," Medvedev said in televised comments.
  • Insight: Who runs Russia?

    09/15/2008 8:08:36 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 152+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 16, 2008 | Bridget Kendall
    Getting to the bottom of the shadowy depths of Kremlin decision-making is tricky. Machiavellian power struggles, dark paranoia of security chiefs and long fingers of corruption can turn seemingly rational and transparent explanations inside out. But even public signals are instructive, and in the wake of the Georgia crisis, Russia's leadership is taking stock and has several messages for the West. The first key question about Russia is - who is really in charge? The standard answer is President Medvedev as Commander in Chief. He, and only he, ordered Russian troops across the border to hit back when Georgia attacked...
  • VANITY Palin leaves open option of war with Russia (More AP Lies and Deceit)

    09/11/2008 8:41:53 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 43 replies · 225+ views
    Me ^ | September 11, 2008 | NA
    Link:Hitpiece on Palin Part 2. Palin=Goldwater 1964
  • The Truth About Russia in Georgia

    08/26/2008 11:00:02 AM PDT · by RKV · 50 replies · 708+ views
    Middle East Journal ^ | 26 August 2008 | Michael Totten
    Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia. “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend in typical fashion. Virtually everyone is wrong. Georgia didn't start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. At...
  • Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics - Nervous neighbours

    08/21/2008 1:39:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 225+ views
    The Economist ^ | Aug 21st 2008
    Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics Nervous neighbours Aug 21st 2008 | MOSCOW AND WARSAW NOBODY has watched the war in Georgia more anxiously than Russia’s western neighbours. Recently the Russians have been bellicose towards Ukraine, the three Baltic states and Poland. It was no surprise when leaders from the other four flew with the Polish president to Tbilisi to express solidarity with Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili. It was also no coincidence that Poland signed a deal with the Americans to host missile-defence interceptors. The deal marks the end of a game of hardball, with the Poles turning down many American offers...
  • Russian fighting machine is showing its age, say military analysts

    08/21/2008 3:16:27 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 33 replies · 165+ views
    Times U.K. ^ | August 21, 2008 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Kevin Flynn in Moscow
    Pictures of triumphant Russian soldiers sitting on armoured personnel carriers as they were driven through towns in Georgia will be among the lasting images of the seven-day war. But the victory did not tell the whole story, analysts said yesterday. The ageing vehicles were so lightly armed and so uncomfortable and hot to sit in that the Russian soldiers felt safer perched on top. “At least they could then react quickly if there was an attack,” Colonel Christopher Langton, an expert on Russian armed forces at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, said. For an invading force from what...
  • Russian General Threatens Poland with Attack over US deal

    08/15/2008 6:40:42 AM PDT · by docbnj · 337 replies · 880+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 15 Aug 2008 | Associated Press
    A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a US missile defense battery exposes the country to attack, pointing out that Russian military doctrine permits the use of nuclear weapons in such a situation, the Interfax news agency reported. *** Interfax said he added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia's military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them." Nogovitsyn said that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, according to Interfax.
  • Russia's Putin keeps his Kremlin chair

    05/13/2008 11:24:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 89+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2008 | Guy Faulconbridge
    Dmitry Medvedev may be Russia's president but Vladimir Putin has kept his place in the Kremlin. When Putin came to his old office in the Kremlin on Monday to propose the names of ministers for his government, the former president made for his customary seat on the left of the desk. But he paused before sitting down and told President Medvedev: "Now this is your place," Russia's Kommersant daily reported. "Oh, what's the difference?" Medvedev answered and immediately sat on the right of the desk, where Putin's guests traditionally perched for the eight years of his presidency.
  • Putin signals he intends to stay in charge of Russia

    05/08/2008 1:48:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 76+ views
    AP ^ | 05/08/08 | LYNN BERRY
    MOSCOW (AP) — When Boris Yeltsin left the Kremlin eight years ago, he gave Vladimir Putin the pen he had used to sign important documents and decrees, a gesture symbolizing the transfer of power to Russia's new president. When Putin left the Kremlin, he took the pen with him. Putin, who became prime minister Thursday, has signaled that he intends to remain Russia's principal leader, at least in the short term — and possibly much longer. He is keeping the trappings of his presidency and many of its powers as well. It was not always meant to be this way....

    03/04/2008 12:04:49 PM PST · by OESY · 16 replies · 165+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 4, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    ...Vaclav Havel, one of the very few truly great men of our time,... [a] lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, is a very old 71, a frail survivor of cancer and years in Communist cells. But he's as passionate as ever about freedom. The climax of his speech to NATO's military and civilian leaders was a stark warning about Russia: "A dictatorship of a fairly new type is coming into existence to the east of the area under NATO protection. All basic human and civic freedoms are gradually...
  • Russia: Kremlin hawks feed conspiracy theories with 3,200 white mice

    03/03/2008 8:11:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 292+ views
    Times of London ^ | 03/02/08 | Mark Franchetti
    Kremlin hawks feed conspiracy theories with 3,200 white mice Mark Franchetti RUSSIANS bored by today’s predictable presidential election have turned their attention to a puzzle that emerged from the corridors of power last week: what on earth did the Kremlin want with 3,200 white mice worth more than £10,000? The Federal Guard Service, the Russian equivalent of the American Secret Service and guardian of both Vladimir Putin’s security and the Kremlin grounds, advertised for the rodents, specifying that they should be female, white, laboratory-bred and weighing no more than 18 grams (just over half an ounce). Delivery to be arranged...
  • Kremlin planning to rig election

    02/29/2008 10:17:04 AM PST · by NinoFan · 18 replies · 279+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Feb. 29, 2008 | Luke Harding and Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    The Kremlin is planning to falsify the results of this Sunday's presidential election in Russia by compelling millions of public sector workers to vote and by fraudulently boosting the official turnout after polls close, the Guardian has learned. Governors, regional officials, and even headteachers have been instructed to deliver a landslide majority for Dmitry Medvedev - Russia's first deputy prime minister, whom President Vladimir Putin has endorsed to be his successor. Officials have been told they need to secure a 68% to 70% turnout in this weekend's poll - with around 72% casting votes for Medvedev. However, independent analysts believe...
  • Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C.

    02/24/2008 9:13:34 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 228+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2008
    <p>One year ago, Kremlin critic Paul Joyal was gunned down in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. The case remains unsolved — but some see the hand of Russia in the shooting.</p> <p>Joyal, 53, is the former chief of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a former business partner of retired Soviet KGB Gen. Oleg Kalugin.</p>
  • The dead billionaire and the 'KGB poison killer'

    02/14/2008 10:08:46 AM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 8 replies · 231+ views
    This is London ^ | 02/14/08 | Keith Dovkants
    What killed Badri Patarkatsishvili? As the police scour his home for clues and a pathologist conducts a post-mortem examination, conspiracy theorists will point to the company he kept on the day he died. On Tuesday afternoon, hours before his death, Patarkatsishvili was with Boris Berezovsky at the law offices of Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, in the City. Berezovsky is at the centre of London-based opposition to Russian president Vladimir Putin's government and on Tuesday he, Patarkatsishvili and their friend Yuli Dubov swore witness statements related to various cases in the former Soviet Union involving seizure of assets and...
  • Putin Threatens to Target Neighbors

    02/14/2008 7:55:48 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 163+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 14, 2008
    Putin Threatens to Target Neighbors AP February 14, 2008 MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday repeated his threat to aim Russian rockets at former Soviet satellite states if U.S. missile defense facilities are deployed there. Speaking about U.S. plans for interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic, Mr. Putin said that "our experts consider that this system threatens our national security and if it appears, we will be obligated to adequately react to this." "We are warning people ahead of time: if you take this step, then we will make this step," Mr. Putin told...
  • Putin holds final annual news conference of 8-year Russian presidency

    02/14/2008 8:01:44 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 65+ views
    Putin holds final annual news conference of 8-year Russian presidency AP MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin extolled Russia's economic revival and staked a claim to a role in ruling the country for the foreseeable future as he responded to questions Thursday at the final annual Kremlin news conference of his eight-year presidency. Putin used the nationally televised marathon of more than 4 1/2 hours to burnish his image as a competent, caring president in control of a resurgent country with growing influence. He stressed that Russia wants good relations with the West, but will stand up to any perceived threat from the...
  • Russia - Medvedev asked Putin to become prime minister

    12/11/2007 3:32:28 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 59+ views
    AFP via translation | December 11, 2007
    via translation - MOSCOW - Dmitry Medvedev, candidate of presidential power to the Russian in 2008, called Tuesday for Putin to the post of prime minister once from the Kremlin. "It is important to maintain the effectiveness of the team. So I think important for our country to remain extremely important to the post of executive power, the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin," he said in a affidavit to Russian television.
  • The Collapse Of The Soviet Union Was Staged

    11/25/2007 9:23:45 AM PST · by Fennie · 115 replies · 534+ views
    In 1984 a book was published with the title New Lies For Old. It was written by Soviet KGB defector Anatoly Golitsyn. The book claimed that the Soviet Union had a secret long-term strategy to disarm and defeat the United States through a controlled collapse of the Soviet empire that would take place in the last decade of the twentieth century. In the book's most remarkable chapter, titled "The Final Phase," Golitsyn accurately described the future of the Soviet bloc. Communism would give up its monopoly of power in Russia, he explained, as apparent freedom and democracy would be introduced....
  • Putin's legacy is a Russia that doesn't have to curry favour with the west

    10/15/2007 6:57:32 AM PDT · by RusIvan · 28 replies · 139+ views,,2171414,00.html ^ | Tuesday September 18, 2007 | Jonathan Steele
    Among the neon and the glitz of Moscow's car-choked streets, a new hoarding stands out for its stark simplicity. Apart from the colours of the Russian flag, there is no image and its wording is short: "Putin's plan, Russia's victory".
  • Investigator: Journalist's killer known

    10/08/2007 4:06:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 531+ views
    Investigator: Journalist's killer known By STEVE GUTTERMAN Associated Press Writer MOSCOW - After a year and nearly a dozen arrests, the main mystery in the slaying of a Russian journalist strongly critical of the Kremlin remains unsolved — who ordered her killed, the chief investigator said in an interview published Monday. Investigators know who pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting of Anna Politikovskaya at her Moscow apartment building, Petros Garibyan, a senior investigator in the Prosecutor General's Office, told the newspaper she worked for, Novaya Gazeta. "As for those who ordered it, we have interesting suggestions, let's put it...
  • Putin Solves Kremlin Riddle: Stay on in Power

    10/01/2007 4:48:47 PM PDT · by anymouse · 3 replies · 96+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 1, 2007 | Guy Faulconbridge
    President Vladimir Putin appears to have solved a riddle that has puzzled Kremlin watchers and investors alike: how will Putin keep power without office? Putin's answer seems to be: stay in office -- but this time as the most influential member of parliament's biggest party, and even as prime minister. He told a congress of the United Russia party on Monday that he could be a future prime minister and that he would head the party's list in December parliamentary elections. Kremlin officials, ministers, deputies and members of United Russia roared with applause and gave a Putin a standing ovation....
  • Putin the Terrible

    09/03/2007 12:29:24 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 22 replies · 905+ views
    Macleans. ^ | September 3rd, 2007 | Charlie Gillis
    Can anyone control the forces the Russian president has unleashed? A couple of weeks back, while news readers were averting their gaze from photographs of a shirtless Vladimir Putin fishing in Siberia, two videos circulating on the Internet laid bare a different, much more chilling, portion of the Russian body politic. The first was a crude bit of agitprop thought to originate with the Nashi, a Kremlin-funded youth movement loyal to Putin whose work involves denouncing the president's critics as fascists, homosexuals or foreign-controlled traitors. The eight-minute clip, which eventually found its way to YouTube, was ostensibly meant to persuade...
  • Russian Youth Group Encourages "More Sex" to Save Motherland from Dwindling Population

    07/31/2007 3:48:24 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 23 replies · 975+ views ^ | July 30, 2007 | John Jalsevac
    Russian Youth Group Encourages "More Sex" to Save Motherland from Dwindling Population By John Jalsevac MOSCOW, Russia, July 30, 2007 ( - A Russian nationalist youth group is encouraging youth to have more sex in an effort to combat the nation's devastating demographic crisis, reports the Daily Mail. In a lengthy special report the Daily Mail documents the activities of the Nashi youth movement, which is sponsoring a summer camp attended by some 10,000 Russian youth this summer. Not only are Nashi organizers encouraging the youth to have more sex, but they have designated a special area at the dormitories,...
  • Britain - RAF scrambles to intercept Russian bombers

    07/18/2007 1:16:31 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 48 replies · 1,999+ views
    Times Online (UK) (excerpt) ^ | July 18, 2007 | Richard Beeston
    Excerpt - RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian strategic bombers heading for British airspace yesterday, as the spirit of the Cold War returned to the North Atlantic once again. The incident, described as rare by the RAF, served as a telling metaphor for the stand-off between London and Moscow over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. While the Kremlin hesitated before responding to Britain’s expulsion of four diplomats, the Russian military engaged in some old-fashioned sabre-rattling. Two Tu95 “Bear” bombers were dispatched from their base on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle and headed towards British airspace....
  • Vladimir Putin: the 21st Century Politician

    06/05/2007 11:32:54 AM PDT · by serbami68 · 13 replies · 567+ views
    Vladimir Putin, the 21st Century Politician Young Russians love their President who, according to all reports, is immensely popular and not just in Russia. The 21st Century Politician: Common Decency, Honesty and Fair Play Covering the wide range of issues in the interview given to the G8 nations’ reporters, published in full Monday on the official Kremlin web site, the most popular man in Russia — President Vladimir Putin — demonstrates the level of personal integrity and wisdom the international political stage has been devoid of during the entire century, if not longer. In the world of international politics polluted...
  • Estonia to deport one Russian over war memorial protests

    06/04/2007 5:27:35 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 8 replies · 535+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | June 4 th, 2007
    Estonian authorities annulled a visa for a Russian woman who protested against the recent dismantling of a Soviet-era memorial in the Estonian capital, and are considering deportation of another two protesters. Alexandra Bondarenko, apprehended earlier Monday, has already had her visa annulled, and is to be deported shortly. The other two detainees, identified only by their first names - Alexandra and Nadezhda - could also face expulsion. All the three detainees are 21 years old, and entered Estonia on tourist visas. The young women affiliated with the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi were detained in central Tallinn at the former site...
  • Russia Says New ICBM Can Beat Any System [Russia threatens the USA again.]

    05/29/2007 10:02:22 PM PDT · by familyop · 42 replies · 1,578+ views
    Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 29MAY07 | STEVE GUTTERMAN
    Russia tested new missiles Tuesday that a Kremlin official boasted could penetrate any defense system, and President Vladimir Putin warned that U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe would turn the region into a "powder keg." First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Russia tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple independent warheads, and it also successfully conducted a "preliminary" test of a tactical cruise missile that he said could fly farther than existing, similar weapons. "As of today, Russia has new tactical and strategic complexes that are capable of overcoming any existing or future missile defense...

    05/29/2007 5:42:51 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 26 replies · 1,734+ views
    Russia is deploying a new series of nuclear tipped missiles with warheads designed with the aid of US supercomputers. The new Russian SS-X-27 missile is being moved directly into deployment with an advanced 550 kiloton nuclear warhead made by the Arzamas-16 nuclear design bureau. The original version of the TOPOL - mod 1 version - is designated the SS-25. This mobile missile is quite capable and can reach the US with a variety of weapons packages, including nuclear warheads of Russian design. In early 1997 Russian Atomic energy officials (MINATOM) admitted that an IBM super-computer was purchased from Europe by...
  • From Moscow, a New Chill

    05/27/2007 3:24:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 807+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2007 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    FROM the day Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer, died of polonium poisoning in London last November, officials in Russia treated the investigation of his death as if it were simply a matter of bad public relations. They dismissed accusations of Russian involvement as nonsense fabricated by President Vladimir V. Putin’s enemies. Britain last week punctured Russia’s strategy. A decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to accuse another former K.G.B. officer of the murder and demand his extradition pushed Russia out of the international court of public opinion and into the international court of law. If recent history is...
  • Is Al Qaeda A Kremlin Proxy?

    05/17/2007 10:39:47 AM PDT · by Fennie · 8 replies · 658+ views ^ | J.R. Nyquist
  • Safe as houses: the KGB-proof mansion

    05/07/2007 11:20:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 845+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 6, 2007 | Mark Hollingsworth and Jack Grimston
    Safe as houses: the KGB-proof mansion - Oligarch builds Surrey fortress May 6, 2007 by Mark Hollingsworth and Jack Grimston FOR an oligarch nervous about the future, it is the ideal bolthole. A Russian billionaire is spending tens of millions of pounds building a high-security “KGB-proof” mansion in Surrey. Peter Aven, head of the biggest private bank in Russia, is said by locals to have surrounded his 8.5acre property on the Wentworth estate near Virginia Water with “intelligent” electronic fencing and incorporated a bombproof shelter in the design. It also has a two-storey hexagonal guardhouse by the main entrance. The...
  • New Nationalist Party Founded In Russia

    05/05/2007 6:48:31 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 17 replies · 724+ views
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | May 5th, 2007 | Interfax, dpa
    A new nationalist party has been founded in Russia seven months before parliamentary elections. A statement read out at the founding congress of the Great Russia party in Moscow today said the party aims to unite "hundreds of thousands of staunch Russian patriots." The founders of the party say it is "not a Kremlin project." In order to register as a party, Great Russia will have to meet stringent criteria, including having at least 5,000 members across Russia.
  • U.S. backs Estonia amid ongoing war memorial dispute with Russia

    05/04/2007 11:28:39 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 51 replies · 880+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | May 4th, 2007
    The United States backed Estonia Thursday in its escalating dispute with Russia over the removal of a Soviet war memorial, saying it was the Baltic state's internal affair and urging dialogue. Deputy State Department spokesman Tom Casey said: ''We have urged the Estonian and Russian governments to maintain dialogue and respect for the strong feelings on both sides.'' Casey also expressed concern ''about continuing reports of violence and harassment, including harassment of Estonian diplomatic personnel and premises, in Moscow.'' The Estonian Embassy in Moscow has been under siege by pro-Kremlin youth activists since the removal last week of a...
  • Russia cuts fuel supplies to Estonia amid statue row

    moscow • Russia halted deliveries of oil products to Estonia yesterday in a move that coincided with protests in Moscow over the Baltic state’s relocation of a Soviet war memorial. The cut-off was likely to revive Western fears the Kremlin is using its energy might as a political weapon against ex-Soviet neighbours. Russia’s state rail monopoly said it planned to carry out maintenance on the rail link to Estonia, disrupting supplies. Coal exporters said Russian railways had also halted exports of steam coal via Estonia for this month, totalling up to 900,000 tonnes, citing a shortage of railway wagons. They...
  • Russia - Kasparov arrested at Moscow rally

    04/14/2007 4:27:33 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 874+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 14, 2007
    Police have arrested Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov at a banned anti-Kremlin rally in central Moscow. He was detained during a huge security operation to prevent opponents of President Putin gathering at Pushkin Square. The former chess champion leads the United Civil Front group, part of the opposition coalition Other Russia. It accuses President Putin's regime of trampling on democracy. The Kremlin says Other Russia destabilises Russia. Mr Kasparov was seen inside a police van waving and smiling at gathered media after his arrest, the Associated Press said. Reports say dozens of other opposition activists were arrested, as well...
  • Former Putin Colleague Becomes Election Chief

    03/27/2007 11:24:29 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 8 replies · 341+ views
    Former Putin Colleague Becomes Election Chief Churov has vowed to be impartial during upcoming elections (TASS) March 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's Central Election Commission has chosen Vladimir Churov, a former colleague of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as its new chairman ahead of key elections. Churov was elected today in a vote by the 15 members of the election commission. Thirteen members voted for him, two against. ? Churov's nomination comes ahead of key parliamentary elections in December 2007 and a presidential election in 2008. ? 'Work To Do'Speaking today at a commission meeting in Moscow, Churov pledged the body...
  • Police break up Russian anti-govt rally

    03/24/2007 3:50:39 PM PDT · by gpapa · 11 replies · 607+ views
    AP Digital via The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | March 25, 2007 | None Attributed
    Riot police wielding truncheons broke up an opposition rally in a central Russian city on Saturday, beating and detaining dozens of activists. It was the second major anti-government protest by liberal and leftist forces this year to be broken up by police as the country prepares for December parliamentary elections and next year's presidential vote. President Vladimir Putin, who is constitutionally barred from running for a third consecutive term, has given strong hints he would pick a favoured successor. Opposition groups have accused the Kremlin of further consolidating control over the country's political life ahead of elections to make sure...
  • The invisible hand... of the Kremlin Capitalism 'a la russe'

    03/14/2007 3:33:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 17 replies · 346+ views
    CES ^ | January 2007 | Iwona Wisniewska
    The invisible hand... of the Kremlin Capitalism 'a la russe' This study describes the two main economic processes observed in Russia during President Vladimir Putin's second term; renationalisation, and the concentration of economic assets. As a result of these processes, the share of state-owned property has increased and the position of the state in the economy has strengthened. According to the authorities, the wide-range renationalisation of the assets and the construction of superholdings based on the state enterprises are intended to boost Russia's potential and stimulate the development of the whole economy. However, in practice the current ruling elite are...
  • PWC (CPA firm) raided as Moscow turns screw over Yukos

    03/11/2007 9:32:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 12, 2007 | Neil Buckley, Moscow, and Catherine Belton, London
    RUSSIAN investigators have raided the Moscow office of PWC, stepping up pressure on the "big four" audit firm ahead of a crucial court case over allegations that it signed off on false accounts by Yukos, the bankrupt oil company. About 20 law enforcement officials from the prosecutors' office and interior ministry on Friday combed PWC's offices for documents relating to Yukos and questioned senior managers. including Mike Kubena, head of PWC in Moscow, the company said. Interior ministry officials also announced they were launching a criminal probe into alleged tax avoidance by PWC in Russia. The search came as PWC...
  • Kremlin Riddled with Former KGB Agents

    03/07/2007 10:54:02 AM PST · by Fennie · 15 replies · 415+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | December 14, 2006
    Four out of five members of Russia's political and business elite have a KGB past, according to a new study by the prestigious Academy of Sciences. The influence of ex-Soviet spies has ballooned under President Vladimir Putin...
  • Expert in Russian poisoning case is shot

    03/02/2007 5:25:46 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 70 replies · 2,289+ views
    NBC News ^ | March 2 2007 | Pete Williams
    <p>FBI agents say they are assisting police in suburban Washington who are investigating the shooting of a Russian expert — a man who spoke out on "Dateline NBC" last weekend and strongly suggested that remnants of the KGB were responsible for the bizarre poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko.</p>
  • U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Russia Backsliding

    02/28/2007 2:10:31 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 9 replies · 490+ views
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 | Reuters
    The top U.S. intelligence official says Russia has taken a step backward in its democratic progress. Mike McConnell (in photo), who became U.S. Director of National Intelligence last week, told a Senate committee on February 27 that Moscow could be heading toward a controlled succession to President Vladimir Putin in 2008. He said there were "more arrangements to control the process and the populace and the parties to the point of picking the next leader of Russia." Putin's second term expires next year, and he is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term as president.
  • Russian goals have never changed

    02/15/2007 12:33:12 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 34 replies · 1,794+ views
    Baraboo News Republic ^ | February 15th, 2007 | Caspar Weinberger, Jr
    Thank you, Vladimir Putin. Thank you for confirming that the Cold War is very much alive and that your nation is responsible for keeping it so. After all, it is far better for us to know absolutely who you are and what your intentions continue to be. Thank you for confirming that we can trust the Soviets to be Soviets and that nothing has changed in your country except that you found it convenient after the Berlin Wall fell to act "American." Your words changed: "Comrade" became "citizen," "Premier" became "President." Western styles found you clothed in sharp suits...
  • Putin 'consults dog' during political crises

    02/01/2007 8:22:58 AM PST · by XR7 · 74 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/1/07 | Ben Fenton
    Caligula considered making his horse a consul, but President Vladimir Putin is content merely to take advice from his own four-legged friend, he told journalists today. When Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, met Mr Putin in 2004, the Russian leader appeared to have eyes only for Koni The Russian leader said he fell back on counsel from Koni, his black Labrador, whenever he felt angry with the world. "As far as bad moods go, of course I have them like any other person, but in those cases I try to consult with my dog Koni. "She gives me...
  • Nostalgia Remains Strong for Brezhnev Era

    12/15/2006 6:58:19 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 18 replies · 1,357+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 16th, 2006 | Nabi Abdullaev
    Many remember Leonid Brezhnev as a mumbling dotard with dark bushy eyebrows and a cuirass of medals pinned on his broad chest. But more Russians today would rather live under Brezhnev, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday, than any other Soviet or post-Soviet leader, with the exception of President Vladimir Putin. "Brezhnev himself lived well, and he allowed others to live," said Marina Pukhalskaya, a Moscow pensioner who received free higher education, a relatively prestigious job as a civil engineer and, eventually, a free apartment during an 18-year rule that some quipped would never end. People who knew...
  • Poison Suspects to Stay in Russia

    12/06/2006 11:08:18 AM PST · by A. Pole · 8 replies · 361+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Maria Levitov and Nabi Abdullaev
    Moscow refuses to extradite anyone tied to the death of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London even if possible suspects are unearthed by a team of British investigators now in Russia, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said Tuesday. "If they want to arrest them, it would be impossible," Chaika said at a news conference, referring to the investigators. "They are Russian citizens, and the Russian Constitution makes that impossible." The British investigators, from Scotland Yard, arrived in Moscow late Monday as part of the inquiry into the Nov. 23 poisoning death of Litvinenko, who had been a Federal Security Service...
  • Russia demands the handover of Putin's critics in exchange for poison case help

    12/05/2006 11:03:28 PM PST · by MadIvan · 57 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Times ^ | December 6, 2006 | Tony Halpin and Daniel McGrory
    Russia named its price yesterday for providing help in the investigation into the death by poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. It demanded that Britain hand over the enemies of President Putin who have been given asylum in London.The ultimatum came as Russian officials imposed strict limits on how Scotland Yard detectives will be allowed to operate as they began their investigation in Moscow. The strict conditions threatened to deepen the diplomatic rift between Moscow and London caused by the death last month by radioactive polonium-210 poisoning of Litvinenko. John Reid, the Home Secretary, pledged this week that no diplomatic obstacles would...
  • Russian elite still see U.S. as bogeyman

    12/04/2006 3:25:49 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 12 replies · 547+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Dec. 4, 2006 | Andrei Piontkovsky
    WASHINGTON -- An old saying in politics in Moscow is that relations between the United States and Russia are always better when a Republican rules in the White House. We are statesmen, and the Republicans are statesmen. Because we both believe in power, it is easy for the two of us to understand each other. The problem with this saying is the paranoid mind-set behind it, for it implies that the nature of Russian-U.S. relations has not changed fundamentally since the Cold War's end -- that the animosities that exist between the two countries are those of two permanently implacable...
  • Poison plotters claim their second victim

    12/01/2006 6:05:26 PM PST · by blogblogginaway · 26 replies · 1,271+ views
    Times On Line ^ | dec. 2, 2006 | Richard Beeston and Daniel McGrory
    Police fear that the murder of a former Kremlin spy may have been part of a double killing plot after a second man was taken to hospital last night with radiation poisoning. The Anti-Terror Group is examining whether the killers of Alexander Litvinenko also tried to poison Mario Scaramella, an Italian security expert who met the Russian exile on the day that he fell ill. Toxicologists confirmed yesterday that Mr Scaramella had also been contaminated by a “significant” amount of deadly polonium-210. The level leads them to suspect that it was more than he could have ingested from simple physical...
  • Dictatorship is Back in the USSR

    11/28/2006 6:45:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 940+ views ^ | November 27, 2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    "Oh, come on, Rush! It's much ado about nothing. It's just one spy wiping out another spy." It's Russians wiping out a spy. Now you've got Putin sending air defense systems to Iran who's going to bail us out of Iraq, threatening Israel. You've got Putin sending missiles and rockets and warheads and helping Iran with its nuclear program, and all of this combined, then you've got the Baker report, the Iraq study group report and Chuck Hagel and a bunch of courageous, brave American Democrats and Republicans saying, "We gotta honorably pull out of there. We gotta get out...