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Russian Prime Minister: Ukraine Has 'No Industry, or State'

  • 5 April 2016
  • By Anna Dolgov / The Moscow Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced Ukraine as having “neither industry, nor a state,” according to remarks published Monday on the Cabinet website. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced Ukraine as having “neither industry, nor a state...

Russian Taxi Drivers Complain Over Uber's Monopolizing Pricing

  • 12 April 2016
  • The Moscow Times
On behalf of taxi drivers, the Federation of Russian Car Owners (FAR) has filed a complaint with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the low prices dictated by taxi service aggregators, the RBC news agency reported Tuesday. On behalf of taxi drivers, the Federation of Russian Car Owners (FAR) has filed a complaint with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the low prices...

Putin's Economist: Why Kudrin Tapped to Write New Reforms Plan (Op-Ed)

  • 20 April 2016
  • By Kirill Rogov
... called “oil modernization.” That project was approved in 2008 but become irrelevant a few months later when oil prices fell. The third liberal economic program was the famous “Strategy 2020,” written by former President Dmitry Medvedev. That program was primarily intended to demonstrate Putin’s firm control over both conservative-strongmen and liberal-market discourses in Russian society. This is one of the main political functions of the liberal economic programs Russia’s...

Former Finance Minister in Line for Top Position at PutinТs Think Tank

  • 12 April 2016
  • By Anastasia Bazenkova / The Moscow Times
... to use his expertise for developing any [economic] plans,Ф Peskov was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying. Kudrin served for more than 11 years as the country's finance minister and left the post in 2011 after a disagreement with Dmitry Medvedev, then the Russian president. The conflict occurred after Kudrin Ч at the time also the deputy prime minister Ч criticized an increase in military spending. Negotiations on Kudrin's possible return to Putin's team have reportedly been ongoing...

A Kremlin Youth Movement Goes Rogue

  • 8 April 2016
  • By Eva Hartog / The Moscow Times
... opponents, while negotiating with the systemic political opposition,” says Tatyana Stanovaya, an analyst at the Center for Political Technologies. Stopkham / VKontakte StopKham targeted, in February, the driver of the head of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's secretariat. “It is a form of compromise between the civil authorities, understanding the need to maintain a decorum of democracy, and the siloviki [Kremlin hardliners with security or military backgrounds],” she says. “There...

Russia's Communists Want Red Star Symbol Copyrighted

  • 6 April 2016
  • The Moscow Times
... department stores — from using the image on their logos, the Lenta.ru news portal reported Tuesday. State Duma deputy and chief lawyer for the Communist Party (KPRF) Vadim Solovyov said his comrades would send an appeal to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, asking him to ensure “protection of our symbols, including the red star — the symbol of victory that appears on our military flags,” Lenta.ru reported. “Sometimes our symbols are used for commercial purposes, and the...

Russia Wins Silent Victory Against Ukraine With Dutch 'No' Vote

  • 7 April 2016
  • By Eva Hartog / The Moscow Times
... Dutch population's skepticism toward Brussels, as toward post-Maidan Ukraine and Poroshenko himself. “The Dutch referendum is an indication of the attitude of Europeans towards the Ukrainian political system,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday on Twitter. Ahead of the vote, on Sunday, Poroshenko was named in the “Panama Papers” revelations as having failed to declare several offshore companies allegedly connected to his confectionery company Roshen. Such reports...

KPIs For The Public Service Sector: A Fig Leaf Of A Real Change (Op-Ed)

  • 29 April 2016
  • By Oleg Buklemishev
... that the authorities now seem to be considering it. It has been announced that President Vladimir Putin would himself be heading a special commission on government reform. From what we know, his commission, initially the idea of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, will be tasked with developing new work approaches and key performance indicators (KPIs) for the Russian public sector. This isn't the first time the Russian government has been here, of course. Back in 2004, the authorities also tried to eliminate...

How Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Could Spark Major International Crisis

  • 6 April 2016
  • By Matthew Bodner / The Moscow Times
... around $4 billion in recent years. Russia is pushing for both sides to lay down their arms and set terms for a renewed cease-fire. Putin held a phone conference with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia on April 5. On April 7, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is due to fly to Yerevan, while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov heads to Baku. Russia's Defense Ministry is also reportedly in touch with its counterparts. That this coincides with similar delegations from OSCE members like the United States and...