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Russia Sends Medvedev to Munich Seeking Sanctions Relief

  • 11 February 2016
  • By Matthew Bodner / The Moscow Times
Russia's official delegation will be led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev — the message seems to be that Russia is ready to talk about sanctions relief. At last year's Munich Security Conference, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took to the stage to defend Russia's actions in Ukraine. Scheduled between German...

Russia's Medvedev: Syrian Conflict May Become 'Permanent War'

  • 12 February 2016
  • By Anna Dolgov
... Russian Prime Minister said. The conflict in Syria may escalate into a “permanent” war to last for decades, if peace talks were to collapse or if foreign countries tried to intervene by deploying ground troops, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in comments published on the Cabinet website Thursday. Russia has been conducting air strikes in Syria — ostensibly to combat terrorist groups Ч since Sept. 30, 2015, but Moscow has insisted it has no intention to send ground troops...

Russian Government to Introduce Tax on Sugar and Palm Oil

  • 5 February 2016
  • The Moscow Times
In an effort to increase federal revenues, the Russian government is set to introduce taxes on unhealthful products, the Vedomosti business daily reported Friday, citing a document from a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. In an effort to increase federal revenues, the Russian government is set to introduce taxes on unhealthful products, the Vedomosti business daily reported Friday, citing a document from a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev...

Russian Academia's Struggle to Attract Top Talent

  • 8 February 2016
  • By Vasily Kolotilov / The Moscow Times
... and abandoned building sites. A series of giant wooden pencils emerge, bearing the insignia "Skoltech." The curious art installation signals arrival at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, brainchild of former President Dmitry Medvedev, and Russia's much-hyped entry into the 21st century innovation race. Standing beside one of Skolkovo's futuristic buildings is American engineer Brendan Smith. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Smith heads Skoltech's student...

Russia's Medicine Imports Fall by Third in 2015

  • 5 February 2016
  • The Moscow Times
... $119 million, 21 percent less than in 2014, the statement said. Meanwhile, the volume of antibiotics imported into Russia decreased by 2.6 percent in 2015 to $84.2 million, according to the Federal Customs Service. In December, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree limiting state purchases of foreign-made drugs. According to the decree — aimed at reducing reliance on Western goods — foreign companies are banned from participating in tenders if there are at least two entries...

Silicon Valley Still Beats Skolkovo for Russia's Richest Tycoons

  • 28 January 2016
  • By Eva Hartog and Peter Hobson / The Moscow Times
... apart of course from privatizing state property, was made in Silicon Valley," Nossik said. Facebook's share value in the four years after Usmanov and Milner's first purchase rose ten-fold. Political blessing came in 2010, when then-President Dmitry Medvedev visited Silicon Valley to meet with tech giants such as Google and tout Russia's own Skolkovo project — a nascent tech hub near Moscow overseen by Vekselberg. But four years later the political tide turned. Western sanctions imposed on...

Russia Must Cut Spending or Suffer Financial Crash Ч Finance Minister

  • 13 January 2016
  • The Moscow Times
... deficit of 3 percent of GDP. The Finance Ministry in December warned that $40 oil would inflate the deficit to around 5 percent and exhaust Russia's $59-billion-dollar reserve fund by the end of the year. Speaking at the same forum, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said: "One needs to prepare for the worst scenario," according to Reuters. Russia's economy is already mired in its longest recession since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999. Output is expected to have contracted by 3.7 percent last...

Concerts

  • 14 January 2016
  • The Moscow Times
... Muzyki Svetlanov Hall. 7 p.m. Nikolai Kozhin (piano), Alexei Morozov (flute) and Vladimir Pinyalov (trumpet) perform† Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Piazzolla, De Falla, Saint-Saens, Kreisler, Kapustin and others. Tchaikovsky and Moscow Museum. 7 p.m. Nikolai Medvedev (piano) performs Haydn, Stravinsky, Bach-Busoni, Liszt, Debussy and Prokofiev. Scriabin Museum. 7 p.m. Russian National Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet music and Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy. Conductor Dmitry Kryukov...

Fewer Russians Think Country Is on the Right Track Ц Poll

  • 28 January 2016
  • By Anna Dolgov
... indicate. About 34 percent of Russians said in January 2016 the country was on the Уwrong route,Ф compared to 22 percent in June 2015 and 27 percent in December 2015, Levada Center reported. The domestic approval rating of Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also seen a decline, dropping to 56 percent this month, compared to 66 percent in June 2015 and 61 percent in December 2015, according to the report. УThe approval ratings of the country's political leaders have declined somewhat, but currently...