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Russia Only an External Observer in Greece's Debt Crisis Ч Medvedev

  • 10 July 2015
  • Reuters
Moscow is just an observer on Greece's debt crisis but wants the euro to trade normally , Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. MOSCOW — Moscow is just an observer on Greece's debt crisis but wants the euro to trade normally because part of Russia's foreign exchange reserves is denominated in euros, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday...

Medvedev Seeks to Lure More Yachts to Crimea

  • 7 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the government to support the development of yachting along Russia's coastlines as part of an effort to boost Crimea's economy, according to an order posted on the government's official website Tuesday. Russian Prime Minister...

Chairman of Russian Road Builder Rebuked Amid Anti-Monopoly Probe

  • 17 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has officially reprimanded the chairman of the board of Russian state road builder Avtodor as the corporation comes under scrutiny. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has officially reprimanded the chairman of the board of Russian state road builder...

Russian Single-Industry Towns Face Crisis

  • 22 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Most of Russia's single-industry towns are at risk of economic collapse that would cause massive social dislocation, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying Wednesday. Most of Russia's single-industry towns are at risk of economic collapse that would cause massive social dislocation and see millions of Russians lose their livelihoods, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted...

Russia's Sports Minister Cleared to Run for Football Union Presidency

  • 15 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has overturned a ban preventing the countryТs sports minister from concurrently occupying the position of president of the football union, news reports said. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has overturned a ban preventing the country’s...

Former Executive at Russian Innovations Hub Skolkovo Arrested in Absentia

  • 27 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... a former Skolkovo Foundation top executive Monday on embezzlement charges, according to the Interfax news agency, part of an ongoing corruption case that has tarnished the reputation of the innovation center set up by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. A Russian court ordered the arrest of a former Skolkovo Foundation top executive Monday on embezzlement charges, according to the Interfax news agency, part of an ongoing corruption case that has tarnished the reputation of the innovation...

Working Group Set Up for Remains of Russia's Last Royal Family

  • 10 July 2015
  • By Jennifer Monaghan / The Moscow Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has tasked a working group with studying and reburying the remains of two members of the Romanov royal family who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries almost 100 years ago. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has tasked a working...

Putin Liquidates Ministry of Crimean Affairs

  • 15 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... peninsula into Russia, the Kremlin said Wednesday. The ministry was established last March immediately after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Reports that it could be disbanded appeared in the Russian press earlier this month. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made the formal proposal to Putin on Wednesday, the TASS news agency reported. "I think it's possible to assume the Ministry of Crimea has fulfilled its task,” Medvedev was quoted as saying in the report, noting that its liquidation...

Russian Government Invests $240 Million in Far East Infrastructure

  • 16 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order giving 13.8 billion rubles ($242 million) in state subsidies to infrastructure projects in the underdeveloped regions of the Far East, the government said in a statement Thursday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has...

Russia Makes Bid for Arctic Shipping Lane Even as Oil Prices Slip

  • 12 July 2015
  • By Matthew Bodner
... Russian plans to develop an Arctic passage rivaling the Suez Canal are finally coming closer to reality, even as low oil prices threaten the financial viability of the route.

 After years of little government action, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in June signed off on plans to raise traffic through the icy waters of the passage, known as the Northern Sea Route (NSR), by 20 times to a staggering 80 million tons of freight annually by 2030.

 "This is the shortest route...

Putin Approves Plan to Merge Anti-Monopoly Watchdog With Rival Agency

  • 15 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... competition laws in finance, trade and advertising, as well as other spheres, while the FTS monitors prices in a range of industries and the activity of natural state-run monopolies in such sectors as electricity, gas and rail services. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that combining the two agencies would boost efficiency and eliminate overlapping functions. "They essentially perform very similar tasks," Medvedev said during a meeting with the president, according to a statement on the government...

Russian Interior Ministry Cuts All Bark, No Bite, Experts Say

  • 15 July 2015
  • By Daria Litvinova / The Moscow Times
... payroll by 10 percent, or about 110,000 jobs, speculation ran rife as to whether the decision would inspire efficiency, or cripple Russian law enforcement. Efforts to curb the Interior Ministry's bloated payroll date back to 2009, when President Dmitry Medvedev ordered a 20 percent staff reduction. Since then, staff numbers have plunged from 1.28 million to 1.13 million. And yet with 547 police officers for every 100,000 civilians, Russia still has one of the highest such ratios in the world. The sheer...

The Kremlin's Guide to Budget Cuts

  • 6 July 2015
  • By Andrei Sinitsyn and Pavel Aptekar
... reality" because no decision has yet been made. The economic bloc of the government declares its support for raising the retirement age. Meanwhile, the social bloc of the same government states its opposition to the plan. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is trying to reconcile these opposing views by repeating the mantra of formulating a "realistic budget" while "preserving priority social spending." However, it is next to impossible to decide anything without Kremlin approval...

Russia Getting on With World Cup Job as FIFA Fights Scandal

  • 26 July 2015
  • The Associated Press
... all the 12 World Cup stadiums. For years, the construction of St. Petersburg's 68,000-seat arena — due to host a semifinal in 2018 — was a costly, repeatedly delayed symbol of Russian state inefficiency, so bad that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev publicly said it looked "disgraceful." Finally, almost a decade after construction began, it is close to completion. Estimated at 75 percent ready by project chief Vitaly Lazutkin, much of the remaining work is focused on installing...

Russian Scientist Hounded by Officials After Buying Banned Substance

  • 17 July 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... from its dependence on oil and gas exports. His work has been supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, as well as by Skolkovo, Russia's flagship science foundation and a pet project of former president and current prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. Lopatin, a graduate of the Kuban State University, was the only Russian innovator at the Hello Tomorrow conference in France in June, where his solar panel project was listed in the world's top 100 innovative projects. But Lopatin's scientific...

Russian Scientist Hounded by Officials After Buying Banned Substance

  • 19 July 2015
  • By Ivan Nechepurenko / The Moscow Times
... from its dependence on oil and gas exports. His work has been supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, as well as by Skolkovo, Russia's flagship science foundation and a pet project of former president and current prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. Lopatin, a graduate of the Kuban State University, was the only Russian innovator at the Hello Tomorrow conference in France in June, where his solar panel project was listed in the world's top 100 innovative projects. But Lopatin's scientific...

Russian Media Feels Pressure As Space for Independent Journalism Shrinks

  • 30 July 2015
  • Reuters
... criticism at home and abroad that Russia does not allow media freedoms, and gives the opposition a way to let off steam. Coverage even by independent media is restrained by Western standards, with direct criticism of Putin rare, though Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's government is considered fair game. Taking on Putin directly over his wealth or personal life is widely seen as out of bounds. One newspaper, Moskovsky Korrespondent, made a splash by publishing allegations about his love life in 2008. It closed...

Russia to Pay in Advance for Military Import Substitution Drive

  • 8 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... back the modernization of Russia's surface fleet by several years. The Finance Ministry and Industry and Trade Ministry will now work on a draft law to be submitted by the end of July on the advance payment. The order, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, did not say how much the drive was expected to cost, or over what period of time it is expected to be completed. 179742

Russia Ready to Give Thailand Weapons in Exchange for Fruit, Rubber

  • 15 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... exchange for fruit and vegetables. These barter arrangements come as Russia looks to boost its trade ties with Southeast Asia as U.S. and EU sanctions on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis choke off investment from the West. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Thailand in April, becoming the first Russian prime minister to visit the country in 25 years. During the visit, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the countries were intent on boosting trade turnover from the current $5 billion...

Russian Film Distributors Beg Putin Not to Tax Foreign Movies

  • 9 July 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... distributors will survive the burden … but cinemas in small towns and cities will quickly go bankrupt, they will lose their audience,” said Pichugin, who was one of the driving forces behind the letter to Putin. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed introducing a sales tax on tickets to foreign films last month, with Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky shortly thereafter coming out in support of the proposal. The tax is meant to create an additional source of funding for Russian...