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Vietnam Close to Free Trade Deal With Russia-Led Trade Bloc Ч Medvedev

  • 6 April 2015
  • The Associated Press
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that Vietnam is close to agreeing a free trade deal with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. HANOI, Vietnam — Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that Vietnam is close to agreeing a free trade deal with...

Russia's Medvedev Heads to Thailand for Talks on Trade, Tourism

  • 7 April 2015
  • Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives in Thailand for a visit aimed at expanding trade and the ruling military will be keen to highlight international support nearly a year after it ousted an elected government. BANGKOK — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives...

Russia Expands 'Pivot' East Beyond China to Vietnam and Thailand

  • 9 April 2015
  • By Sam Skove / The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev this week traveled to Thailand and Vietnam to deepen Russia's economic ties with Asia amid a breakdown in relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev this week traveled to Thailand and Vietnam to deepen...

Russia and Thailand Want to Double Bilateral Trade in 2016

  • 8 April 2015
  • Reuters
Thailand and Russia aim to double annual bilateral trade in 2016 to $10 billion, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday after signing several agreements with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Bangkok. BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand and Russia aim to double annual bilateral trade in 2016 to $10 billion, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday after signing several agreements with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry...

Russia Offers $177 Million to Support Sanctions-Hit Rosselkhozbank

  • 26 March 2015
  • Reuters
Russia will give sanctions-hit Rosselkhozbank 10 billion rubles ($177 million) of additional capital as part of the country's anti-crisis plan, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. Russia will give sanctions-hit Rosselkhozbank 10 billion rubles ($177 million) of additional capital as part of the country's anti-crisis plan, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. "Our banks' access to overseas...

Pace of Residential Construction Plummets in Russian Regions

  • 30 March 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak as saying late last week. "We are already seeing a 30 to 40 percent drop in the pace of construction in the regions," said Kozak, who oversees regional issues within Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's administration. Home building in Russia as a whole fell 10 percent in the first two months of this year, Housing Minister Mikhail Men said in March. † Developers have been slammed by the ruble's fall of around 40 percent to the U.S. dollar...

Russians With Houses on State Land Get Right to Buy Plots at Discount

  • 30 March 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Russians with homes and cottages located on state-owned land now have the exclusive right to buy that land — and at a reduced rate, according to an order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the government's website Monday. Russians with homes and cottages located on state-owned land now have the exclusive right to buy that land — and at a reduced rate, according to an order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry...

Former FSB Commander to Head Russia's New Ethnic Affairs Agency

  • 2 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... breakup of the Soviet Union, was appointed Thursday to head the newly established Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs. Igor Barinov, who is currently a State Duma deputy for the ruling United Russia party, was appointed to the post by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "You are an experienced person," Medvedev told Barinov, a former member of the notorious Alpha Group special forces unit, according to a transcript of their meeting released by the government. "You have contacts with regional...

World Cup 2018 Stadiums Will Have Been Made in Russia

  • 13 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered that five stadiums being built for the 2018 World Cup utilize only Russian materials where possible. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered that five stadiums being built for the 2018 World Cup utilize only Russian...

F&F Clothing Brand, Ruble, Rosselkhozbank: Business in Brief

  • 26 March 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... close. (Reuters) Russia Offers $177 Million to Support Sanctions-Hit Rosselkhozbank Russia will give sanctions-hit Rosselkhozbank 10 billion rubles ($177 million) of additional capital as part of the country's anti-crisis plan, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. "Our banks' access to overseas markets of liquidity is essentially closed and our task is to minimize the influence of these problems on the banking system," Medvedev told a government meeting. Rosselkhozbank (Russian...

Hillary Clinton as U.S. President 'Wouldn't Fix' Russia-U.S. Relationship

  • 13 April 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... unrest over the State Duma elections that were condemned as fraudulent by observers. The mass protests signaled the end of the so-called "reset" of relations between Russia and the United States, a broad effort by Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev to give the ties between the two countries a fresh start. Last March, as Russian troops fanned out over the Crimean Peninsula shortly before Moscow announced its decision to annex the territory from Ukraine, Clinton said that Putin's actions...

Russian Minister Sees Business in West's 'Ignoring' of Thailand

  • 8 April 2015
  • Reuters
... military equipment," Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in Bangkok on Wednesday. "Our friends from the Western part of the world are ignoring Thailand." Manturov is part of a delegation accompanying Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on an official visit. Medvedev is the first Russian prime minister to visit Thailand for 25 years. Talks on defense-related sales were focused on military aircraft and related training and services, Manturov said. He declined to give details...

Experts: Putin's New Ethnic Affairs Agency Aims to Thwart Political Threats

  • 1 April 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... strengthen the unity of Russia's multiethnic people, ensure interethnic and interfaith harmony," according to a set of instructions handed down by Putin and then published on the Kremlin's website. During a meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Putin said he expects that the government will "give this matter significantly more attention. … Russia is a multiethnic nation, home to over 100 ethnic groups, and certain matters are a cause for concern," Putin told Medvedev...

Russian State Company Bosses to Keep Salaries Secret as Anti-Corruption Decree Softened

  • 31 March 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... therefore do not fall under the 2013 decree. "Leaders of commercial organizations with state participation, if they are open joint-stock companies … are not state employees," Natalya Timakova, press secretary to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, told news agency RBC this week. On Tuesday Rosneft vice president Mikhail Leontyev hailed the decision, saying "we have nothing to hide." The government's ruling reverses what had been a gradual tightening of enforcement of the 2013...

Russia to Restructure Loans to Belarus

  • 26 March 2015
  • Reuters
... Thursday it would restructure some of its loans to Belarus, whose economy has been hurt by a weaker Russian ruble. "We agreed to help them at this difficult time, regarding prolonging existing credit obligations," said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a televised government meeting. The former Soviet republic has a record $4 billion in debt payments this year, mostly to Russia and the International Monetary Fund. Belarus has also asked the International Monetary Fund for a financial package...

Theater

  • 2 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... to drugs in revolutionary Russia. Et Cetera Theater. 7 p.m. Padmini† (see Fri. listing). School of Dramatic Art. 7 p.m. Pagans (Yazychniki): Yevgeny Kamenkovich stages Anna YablonskayaТs family drama. Yermolova Theater. 7 p.m. Romeo and Juliet: Vadim MedvedevТs updated version of the Shakespeare tragedy. Dzhigarkhanyan Theater. 7 p.m. Romeo and Juliet. A Version:† Denis Azarov staging of Shakespeare uses a new version of Valery Pecheikin. Yermolova Theater New Stage. 8 p.m. The Bass (Kontrabas): Konstantin...

Putin's Salary Doubled Last Year

  • 15 April 2015
  • By Peter Spinella / The Moscow Times
... for last year as they did in 2013, according to declarations posted on their respective websites Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin declared 7.6 million rubles ($150,000) for 2014 versus 3.6 million for the previous year, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared slightly higher — 8 million rubles — versus 4.2 million in 2013. Last April, on the day that his income declaration was published, Putin signed a decree giving himself and the prime minister a raise of 265 percent. But the...

Russia Grants $110 Million Loan to Belarus

  • 27 March 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... Moscow allowed Belarus to defer payments due on existing debt this year. The Russian government said late last week it had approved a $110 million ruble-denominated loan to Belarus. The announcement comes just one day after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow would allow Belarus to defer payments due this year on existing debt. Belarus has debt repayments of $4 billion falling due in 2015, mostly to Russia and the International Monetary Fund, according to the Reuters news agency. † The...

New Moscow Sees 25% Rise in Residential Construction

  • 13 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... shrank 10 percent in the first two months of the year amid an economic contraction that is expected to shave up to 5 percent off Russian gross domestic product this year, Housing Minister Mikhail Men said in March. Also in March, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a 20 billion rubles ($380 million) mortgage backing plan to boost the housing building market. 179742

Putin Says Gas Price Discounts for Ukraine Extended to Summer Ц TASS

  • 31 March 2015
  • Reuters
... discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters. "The end-price for gas for our customers abroad is tied to the oil price anyway and it is very volatile on the global markets," Putin was quoted as saying at a meeting with Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "We will have to look in three months at what is happening in that regard and take additional decisions," he said. The two agreed the decision was conditional on Kiev paying its outstanding debt to Gazprom. Russia's RIA news agency...