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Medvedev Attends Launch of New Suez Canal

  • 6 August 2015
  • Reuters
... to inaugurate a major extension of the Suez Canal intended to power an economic turnaround began on Thursday when Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi boarded a historic yacht to welcome foreign dignitaries including Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. ISMAILIA, Egypt — Nationalist celebrations to inaugurate a major extension of the Suez Canal intended to power an economic turnaround began on Thursday when Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi boarded a historic yacht to welcome...

Russian NGOs Call on Medvedev to Reconsider Banning Foreign-Made Medical Goods

  • 17 August 2015
  • By Daria Litvinova / The Moscow Times
... foreign-made medical goods, Kommersant newspaper reported Monday. The heads of several organizations including the Vera (Faith) hospice charity foundation and cancer charity Podari Zhizn (Give Life) signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that proposed creating a group of experts to consider the interests of patients during the revision of the bill outlining the ban, the report said. Last month, the Industry and Trade Ministry proposed limiting the amount of foreign-made medical...

Rogozin Tells Japanese To Commit Ritualistic Suicide Amid Kuril Island Spat

  • 24 August 2015
  • The Moscow Times
A Russian government official responded to Japanese protests over Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to one of the disputed Kuril Islands by suggesting Sunday that those offended in Tokyo commit ritualistic suicide rather than go on “making noise.” A Russian government official responded to Japanese protests over Prime...

Putin Pumps Iron to Show Russians His Healthy, Wholesome Side

  • 30 August 2015
  • Reuters
The Kremlin has released pictures of President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image. The Kremlin has released pictures of President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's...

Russian PM Says Russia to Boost FX Flows to Support Ruble

  • 23 August 2015
  • Reuters
Russias Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday that the government and Central Bank were preparing measures to boost foreign currency sales in response to the weakening ruble. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday that the government and Central...

Japan Protests Russian PM's Visit to Disputed Island

  • 23 August 2015
  • Reuters
Japan on Saturday lodged a protest over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to one of four disputed Pacific islands which have strained ties between the two countries since the end of World War II. Japan on Saturday lodged a protest over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to one of four disputed...

Government Proposal to Limit Russians' Ownership of Livestock Elicits Outrage

  • 11 August 2015
  • By Howard Amos / The Moscow Times
A proposal by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to cap the quantity of poultry, sheep, pigs and cattle Russians can own without registering as farmers provoked an outcry Tuesday. A proposal by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to cap the quantity of poultry, sheep, pigs and cattle Russians...

Russia Adds 4 New Countries to Food Import Ban List

  • 13 August 2015
  • Reuters
Russia has added Albania, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Iceland to the list of countries from which it has banned most food imports, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. Russia has added Albania, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Iceland to a list of countries from which it has banned most food imports in retaliation for Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said...

Russian Deputy Transport Minister to Head State Rail Monopoly

  • 20 August 2015
  • Combined Reports
Russian Deputy Transport Minister Oleg Belozerov has replaced Vladimir Yakunin, a long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin, as head of Russian Railways, TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Russian Deputy Transport Minister Oleg Belozerov has replaced Vladimir Yakunin, a long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin, as head of Russian Railways, TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. “I...

FSB Has Russia in a Choke Hold

  • 12 August 2015
  • By Andrei Malgin
... began to carry out the presidential functions. That is, Putin practically became president before he was elected to the position. We all remember what came after the end of the two terms allowed him by the Constitution. As a formality, he put Dmitry Medvedev in his place, but in actuality continued to govern the country as before. Putin didn't even move out of the presidential residence at Novo-Ogaryovo. He just renamed it the "residence of the head of government" for several years. After...

Weekly Wrap: Yakunin, Stunts and Sorcerers

  • 20 August 2015
  • By Unfair Observer
... rode horses bare-chested, dived to sunken ships in submersibles and scuba gear, shot darts at killer whales, flew fighter jets and led flocks of cranes in a hang glider. This time, it was a submersible again — Putin and his trusty sidekick Dmitry Medvedev took one to dive to the seabed in the newly annexed Crimea to check out a Byzantine galley full of amphorae. Putin posed for photos, Medvedev took a selfie. Sexy as the stunt was, it is also worrying — because this is the first time that...

Wife of Moscow's Former Mayor Retains Richest Russian Woman Title

  • 20 August 2015
  • By Anastasia Bazenkova / The Moscow Times
... unchanged from last year but $1.9 billion less than in 2010 when her husband was still mayor. Baturina, 52, is president of the construction company Inteco Management. Following the resignation of Luzhkov, which Baturina has blamed on then-president Dmitry Medvedev, she sold her company and together with her husband moved abroad, where she embarked on a number of development projects. In an interview with Forbes published Thursday, Baturina described her conflict with Svetlana Medvedeva, the wife of Medvedev...

Russia Considering Change to Wheat Export Tariffs Agriculture Ministry

  • 5 August 2015
  • Reuters
... Wednesday, Interfax news agency quoted him as saying. "The need for this is ripe," he was quoted as saying, adding a working group will first meet on the matter in about two weeks. He gave no further detail. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has asked his cabinet to look into the matter. Traders worry their profits on advance contracts for the crop would be hurt under the new wheat export tax in place since July 1 if the ruble weakens in the coming months. 179738

Putin Plans to Attend UN General Assembly For First Time in 10 Years

  • 28 August 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, and Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. Putin last attended the UN General Assembly in 2005. Before that, he attended in 2003 and 2000, Interfax news agency reported Friday. In 2009, then-President Dmitry Medvedev spoke before the General Assembly. Lavrov has led the Russian delegation every other time. 179742

Art at Risk as Russian Museums Lose Guards to Budget Cuts

  • 19 August 2015
  • By Anna Dolgov / The Moscow Times
... President Vladimir Putin last week. Thecuts come amid theeconomic downturn andWestern sanctions against Moscow over its meddling inUkraine, but theministry's ranks were shrinking even before thecurrent economic crisis. In2009, then-President Dmitry Medvedev determined that thepolice payroll was bloated andordered a20-percent personnel cut. Since then, staff numbers have shrunk from1.28 million to1.13 million. Meanwhile, theUnion ofRussian Museums, ofwhich Piotrovsky is president, appealed...

Russia's Food Rules Are in Bad Taste

  • 3 August 2015
  • By Pavel Aptekar
.... The fact that the authorities have not yet determined how much of the banned foods individuals can bring into the country will open up huge opportunities for officials to demand bribes and engage in other forms of corruption. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently stated that import bans on sanctioned products will stimulate domestic production of analogous products. However, the real stimulus for increased production comes from favorable taxes and a stable long-term investment climate. The forced...

Wine Prices to Rise in Russia Over Ruble Crisis

  • 26 August 2015
  • By Anastasia Bazenkova / The Moscow Times
... will take years of hard work, said Drobiz from the Research Center for Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets. “We can't talk about any import substitution in the wine industry until 2025,” he added. In May last year Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a plan to expand the territory of Russian vineyards to 140,000 hectares by 2020, RIA Novosti reported then. Contact the author at a.bazenkova@imedia.ru 517837 179742

Russian Students Hope to Shake Up Taxi Market With Start-Up

  • 13 August 2015
  • By Elizaveta Vereykina / The Moscow Times
... university that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation and is located in Skolkovo, the innovation center in the west of Moscow. One of the perks of being residents of Skolkovo, which was founded by former president and current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as Russia's answer to Silicon Valley, is easy access to investors and officials. Although Urman and Omelianovych's app has been downloaded only 200 times, they have already presented the app to City Hall's transport department. "The state...

Russian Concerns Over Safety of Palm Oil Prompt Legislative Action

  • 9 August 2015
  • By Anastasia Bazenkova / The Moscow Times
... motions to press producers to make it clearer to consumers if they have used palm oil in their products. While food producers are already required by law to state the ingredients — including palm oil — on their packaging, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on July 20 that information about the use of palm oil and other vegetable oils should be clear and noticeable. Producers often don't indicate that their products contain palm oil as they fear losing customers and because the law is not enforced...

Russia, U.S. Bicker Over Missile Defense Shield After Iran Agreement

  • 10 August 2015
  • By Matthew Bodner / The Moscow Times
... certainly knows it,” said Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and now a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington. In 2009, amid Obama's reset in relations with Russia under then-President Dmitry Medvedev, the U.S. president said in a speech in Prague that “Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the U.S., but to Iran's neighbors and our allies.” “As long as the threat from Iran persists...