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Russia's Medvedev Says Ban on Western Products Can Be Changed

  • 25 June 2015
  • Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday a list of banned products from Western countries could be changed according to the state of relations with the European Union and other countries. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday a list of banned products...

Medvedev Thanks West for Giving Russia Reason to Pivot to Asia

  • 11 June 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday thanked Western countries for imposing sanctions against Russia, saying they provided an impetus for Russia to boost its ties with Asia. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has thanked Western countries for imposing sanctions against...

Russia Should Uphold Gas Discount For Ukraine Ц Medvedev

  • 29 June 2015
  • Reuters
Russia proposes keeping the gas price for Ukraine unchanged in the third quarter, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday, a day before Russia's energy minister goes to Vienna for gas talks. Russia proposes keeping the gas price for Ukraine unchanged in the third quarter, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday, a day before Russia's energy...

Medvedev Promises No Blacklist for Foreign Journalists Working in Russia

  • 11 June 2015
  • By Houssam Alissa / The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev condemned foreign countries who blacklist Russian journalists Thursday and said Russia has no intention of setting up its own blacklist, RIA Novosti reported, despite a series of recent incidents in which Western journalists have been prevented...

Russia-China Alliance Could Launch New World Order

  • 15 June 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... Meanwhile, a joint Russian-Chinese leasing company will soon spend more than $3 billion to purchase 100 Russian Sukhoi Superjets, another lucrative outcome of Putin's talks with Xi in May. Speaking at a press conference last week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev went so far as to express gratitude for the Western sanctions that have been imposed against Russia in waves since the start of the Ukraine crisis. These sanctions served as an impetus in the strengthening of Moscow's relations with its Eastern...

China Begins Building Massive Pipeline for Russian Gas Imports

  • 29 June 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... Monday. The pipeline, called the “Power of Siberia,” is the result of a $400 billion, 30-year gas supply deal signed by state-owned Russian energy giant Gazprom and its Chinese counterpart CNPC in May last year. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli on Monday took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the pipeline via a video conference call, Interfax reported. Medvedev pledged that the 4,000-kilometer pipeline would be completed “on time...

Foreign Ice Cream Ban Mulled By Russian Agriculture Ministry

  • 28 June 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... began to consider it. [But] imported ice cream is only 2 percent [of the Russian market]. And that was it — nobody had any more questions," Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov said to news channel Vesti on Saturday. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday extended by a year a ban on imports of meat, chicken, fish, milk products, fruits and vegetables from countries that have sanctioned Moscow for its support of rebels in east Ukraine. The extension followed the EU's decision to prolong...

Top Russian Official Elected Chair of Board of Liberal University

  • 3 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... School, one of the few remaining bastions of liberal economic thought in Russia, news agency Interfax reported Friday. Dvorkovich, an economist and graduate of the New Economic School (NES), is known to be a close associate of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. While working as a presidential advisor during Medvedev's presidency, Dvorkovich advocated for liberal economic reforms. He has been appointed to the board of NES at a time when Russian universities are coming under increasing pressure to reign...

Russia Pushing Through Sale of Advanced Missile Systems to Iran

  • 22 June 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... source. Such a sale would increase Iran's ability to repel air attacks and — critics say — protect any nuclear facilities that they are deployed to protect. Iran purchased five S-300 air defense systems in 2007, but then-President Dmitry Medvedev froze the delivery three years later as a sign of good will toward the West amid negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. But with Russia's relationship with the West on the rocks over Ukraine, Moscow and Tehran are revisiting the sale. After...

Investigators Turn on Moscow's Domodedovo Airport

  • 8 June 2015
  • By Howard Amos / The Moscow Times
... Airline Security; and Nekrasov, the former head of the airport complex, could each spend up to 10 years behind bars. Domodedovo experienced raids by Russian security services in the wake of the 2011 attack and was criticized by then-President Dmitry Medvedev for its opaque ownership structure — but the airport remained in private hands and conflict over the issue appeared to have eased in recent years. "Now it is possible it will all flare up again," according to Avia.ru's Gusarov...

Was Kudrin Offering Putin a Graceful Exit?

  • 21 June 2015
  • By Vladimir Frolov
... Putin's ratings might slide by 2018, would expose Putin's lack of self-confidence, while actually shortening his term in office. Nor is it convincing to argue that an early presidential election is the most elegant way of easing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev out of his employment. Medvedev serves at Putin's pleasure and could be dismissed within an hour. Putin does not need a new electoral mandate for reforms. He needs a clean slate to relaunch his stumbling presidency and a pathway to a graceful...

Fears of Chinese Expansion Mar Budding Alliance With Russia

  • 24 June 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... ($4.50) per hectare per year Ч fueled the flames of discontent and was condemned as a virtual giveaway. Led by Igor Lebedev, deputies from the nationalist LDPR party in the State Duma said they were preparing to send an appeal to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, asking him to revoke the decision, and calling it a "question of geopolitics." The LDPR "wants to resolve this important geopolitical question. … Otherwise in 20 years' time the governor of the Zabaikalsky region will...

Putin's Approval Ratings Hit All-Time High of 89%

  • 24 June 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... year, despite rising inflation, continued criticism of the Kremlin by the international community and economic troubles exacerbated by Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. The Levada poll also found that support for Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev this month equalled his joint-highest rating in April this year — jumping three percentage points since May to 66 percent. The public's confidence in the Russian government was also found by Levada to have crept up three percentage points...

Moscow Residents Struggle with Early Sunrise on 'Winter Time'

  • 19 June 2015
  • By Elizaveta Vereykina / The Moscow Times
... Moskovsky Komsomolets, adding that the permanent switch to winter time was "a mistake." In July 2014, the State Duma voted to end Russia's short-lived stint on year-round "summer time," which began in 2011 when former President Dmitry Medvedev led an initiative for Russians to move their clocks forward an hour in the spring, but not move them back in the fall. The same legislation reduced the number of time zones in Russia from 11 to nine. The summer solstice will take place this...

Purges Signal End to Crimea's Special Status Under Russia

  • 2 July 2015
  • By Jennifer Monaghan / The Moscow Times
... 1990s Ч allegations he denies Ч has removed another two ministers from his government in the past month, after dismissing two other ministers in March and April. One of the recent dismissals came during a visit to the peninsula by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in June, when Aksyonov removed Nikolai Koryazhkin from his position as economic development minister, the Interfax news agency reported at the time. Alexander Gordetsky, minister for property and land resources, was suspended pending an investigation...

Russia to Extend Counter-Sanctions on Western Food Imports

  • 22 June 2015
  • Reuters
... account that the European Union has extended sanctions against the Russian Federation for half a year, I ask you to prepare my proposal to the president to extend the presidential degree [on the ban] for this period," Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting with his deputies. Russia had been widely expected to prolong the ban beyond an Aug. 8 deadline, as officials previously said the decision directly depended on the European sanctions extension. Russia's Agriculture Ministry has...

Weekly Wrap: Specters, Cults and Revolution

  • 2 July 2015
  • By Unfair Observer
... could attend an OSCE session in Finland — just this once. Come on man, is that so hard? The irony is, Russian corridors of power are stuffed with lawyers — essentially, everyone who is not a KGB alumnus is one, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev down. So if these people don't understand that the whole point of law is that you can't cherry-pick it, it means the country is run by bad students. But let me tell you a secret: everything that happens in Russia now is about elections. After...

With Eye on U.S. Election, Republicans Assail Russia's Putin

  • 8 June 2015
  • Reuters
... Iran, the opening of supply routes for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Having said that, however, he said that singling out Putin for criticism is justified because Russia took its aggressive turn when Putin returned as president in 2012, succeeding Dmitry Medvedev. "We had a period of cooperation with the Russians several years ago," McFaul said. "We're now in arguably one of the most confrontational periods we've been in since deep in the Cold War." 179738

Criminal Case Opened Against Opposition Lawmaker Ponomaryov

  • 9 June 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... amid a devoutly Kremlin-loyal parliament, stands accused of large-scale misappropriations in connection with work he was paid handsomely to do for the Skolkovo Innovation Center, a science and technology initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a bid to bolster Russia's high-tech industry. The Skolkovo Foundation, which oversees the Innovation Center, agreed to pay Ponomaryov $750,000 to conduct research. The agreement was later amended, changing the terms and the payment structure...

Putin Ally Kudrin Proposes Early Election to Get Through Russia's Storm

  • 18 June 2015
  • Reuters
... mandate?" It is not clear whether Kudrin has discussed his idea with Putin, who won a six-year third term in 2012 and is eligible to run in 2018, or whether it is backed by others in the Kremlin. Kudrin was sacked after a disagreement with Dmitry Medvedev, who was president at the time and is now prime minister, over high military spending. He is widely respected in the West. Russian media say Moscow is already considering plans to bring forward a parliamentary election due in December 2016 by...