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Sanctions Can't Force Foreign Companies Out of Russia, Medvedev Says

RIA Novosti

Sanctions will not succeed in pushing foreign firms to leave Russia if those firms are truly interested in doing business with the country, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. Sanctions will not succeed in pushing foreign firms to leave Russia if those firms are truly interested in doing business with the country, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. "Those who are interested in cooperating with us in...

Cheating Teachers Must Face Criminal Charges, Medvedev Says

The Moscow Times

Teachers that help students to cheat on their college admission exams should be held criminally accountable for their actions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. Teachers that help students to cheat on their college admission exams should be held criminally accountable for their actions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. "It is important that the real exam results reflect...

Ukraine Condemns Medvedev Visit to Crimea as 'Crude Violation'

By Oleg Sukhov / The Moscow Times

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday paid a visit to Crimea in an apparent bid to fortify Russia's control of the region. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday paid a visit to Crimea in an apparent bid to fortify Russia's control of the region. Russia's takeover of...

Putin Gives a Pay Rise to Himself and Medvedev

The Moscow Times

... inhis salary, according toa decree published Monday onthe Kremlin website. President Vladimir Putin is set toreceive analmost threefold increase inhis salary, according toa decree published Monday onthe Kremlin website. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will also see his salary increased by 2.65 times, said thedecree that came intoeffect last Friday. Putin's salary is currently estimated atabout 270,000 rubles ($7,500) amonth or 3,360,000 rubles per year, Vedomosti reported. Thedecree comes...

Medvedev Attends New Russian-Japanese Truck Assembly Line Kick-Off

The Moscow Times

... face of a declining market. Japan-based Isuzu's local joint venture on Friday began producing medium-duty trucks at a new assembly line in a sign that the automobile industry is not giving up in the face of a declining market. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the ceremony to kick off production in the Volga River city of Ulyanovsk. Isuzu's partner Sollers owns a plant there, called UAZ, which makes Russian sports utility vehicles and has provided premises for the Japanese assembly line. The...

Cabinet Outlines Costs of Crimea

By Anatoly Medetsky

The costly consequences of expanding Russia's territory became clearer Monday when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev revealed a Crimea to-do list for the government and its corporations. The costly consequences of expanding Russia's territory became clearer Monday when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev revealed a Crimea to-do list for the government...

Russia to Make Crimea Special Economic Zone With Zero Tax Rate

Reuters

Russia will make Crimea a special economic zone offering tax breaks and reduced bureaucracy to attract investors, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — Russia will make Crimea a special economic zone offering tax breaks and reduced bureaucracy to attract investors, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. "Our aim is to make the peninsula as...

With Sochi Olympics Over, Russia Diverts Resources to Crimea

By Alexander Panin / The Moscow Times

... Russia's lightning-fast incorporation of Crimea, authorities are throwing vast amounts of financial and human resources into efforts to create a model region and win more support from the already jubilant population. On Monday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev added weight to Russia's claim to own the peninsula by bringing half of the Cabinet to Crimea's administrative center of Simferopol to discuss the economic and social development in the region. "No resident of Crimea or Sevastopol should...

Putin Gives Himself a Salary Increase

The Moscow Times

... his salary, according to a decree published Monday on the Kremlin website. President Vladimir Putin is set to receive an almost threefold increase in his salary, according to a decree published Monday on the Kremlin website. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will also see his salary increased by 2.65 times, said the decree that came into effect last Friday. Putin's salary is currently estimated at about 270,000 rubles ($7,500) a month or 3,360,000 rubles per year, Vedomosti reported. The decree comes...

Putin Made $100,000 Last Year, Declarations Says

The Moscow Times

Income declarations released by the government show President Vladimir Putin earned 3,672,208 rubles ($102,660) last year, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made 4,259,525 rubles. Income declarations released by the government show President Vladimir Putin earned 3,672,208 rubles ($102,660) last year, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made 4,259,525 rubles. The numbers were modest compared to...

What the Papers Say, April 1, 2014

BBC Monitoring

The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers. Kommersant 1. Petr Netreba article headlined "Ministry of peninsula affairs" reports on Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Crimea where he announced the setting up of a new ministry in charge of the Crimean development; pp 1, 3 (1,308 words). 2. Yelena Chernenko article headlined "Russia and U.S. tone down disagreements" says Russian Foreign...

Extra Foreign Movie Levy to Give Little Help to Home Cinema

By Delphine d'Amora / The Moscow Times

... than mildly handicap foreign competitors while failing to meet the industry's underlying needs. The suggestions, published Monday on the government website, are directed at increasing the presence of Russian films in theaters, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting of the council on the development of national cinema in late March during which the measures were discussed. "We understand perfectly that the appearance of a good film is not the end of the work. It is very important that...

Putin Namesake in Kiev Struggles to Find Job

The Moscow Times

... being associated with him. Oleg Putin, a Ukrainian resident with no relation to Russia's head of state, has even had trouble finding a job because of his famous surname, according to a report from Kiev Segodnya that tracked down Ukrainians named Putin, Medvedev and Crimean. The Ukrainian Putin said that he is always asked about his name when searching for work and that he has been unsuccessful because the "disposition" to his surname is "not very friendly." Twin brothers Sergei and...

From Olympics to Crimea, Putin Loyalist Kozak Entrusted With Kremlin Mega-Projects

By Oleg Sukhov

... Federal District, which includes Sochi. He became responsible for Olympics preparations after Sochi won its bid in 2007. The next year, Kozak was tapped as a potential successor to Putin in the 2008 presidential race, but he eventually lost out to Dmitry Medvedev. Instead, he joined the Cabinet as a deputy prime minister under Putin starting in 2008, a position he continues to hold now under Medvedev. Kozak is sometimes considered a member of the liberal clan of Putin's associates, also known as the "St...

Forcing Russians to Disclose 2nd Citizenship Is Unconstitutional, Cabinet Says

The Moscow Times

Russia's Cabinet of ministers, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, has reportedly deemed unconstitutional a bill to force Russians to disclose whether they have citizenship in another country. Russia's Cabinet of ministers, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, has reportedly deemed unconstitutional...

More Business Headlines

Ruble Recovers to Pre-Crimea Crisis Levels; Sanctions Will Not Force Foreign Firms to Leave Russia, Medvedev Says; Capital Flight Expected to Hit Staggering $70Bln in First Quarter; Rosneft Mulls Supply Partnership with Indian State Oil and Gas Firm. Ruble Recovers to Pre-Crimea Crisis Levels The ruble firmed to pre-Crimea crisis...

Rostelecom to Invest More Than $400M in Crimea Network

By Diana Kulchitskaya / The Moscow Times

... Launching the new unit will require introducing some changes in the company's charter. So far, the board of directors has not discussed these amendments. Rostelecom has started expanding its business into Crimea following an order by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in March this year to ensure the communications between Russia and Crimea bypass Ukraine. "It is unacceptable that information and documents related to managing the territory — two federal entities — including those confidential...

What the Papers Say, Apr. 2, 2014

BBC Monitoring

... freedom illegally; p 4 (516 words). 13. Alexander Voronov article headlined "Kremlin moves clock hands" forecasts that daylight saving time might be re-introduced in Russia on Oct. 26, 2014. It was abolished in 2011 by then-President Dmitry Medvedev, and the government is yet to voice its stance on the bill that would reinstate it; p 5 (453 words). 14. Maria Yefimova article titled "NATO moves to containment" reports from a meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO member states...

Cisco Suspected of Paying Kickbacks to Russian Company Managers

The Moscow Times

... sale, which would then be stowed in bank accounts in offshore havens. The former Cisco employees said the rebates were actually kickbacks meant to "materially stimulate" officials working for the government entities. In June 2010, Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia's president, paid a visit to Cisco's headquarters in San Jose, California, in the course of which Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers pledged to invest $1 billion over several years in the development of entrepreneurship and sustainable...

What the Papers Say, April 16, 2014

BBC Monitoring

... article called "Struggle for daylight saving time going on within authorities" speculates that by postponing the first reading of a bill reinstating daylight saving time, the State Duma wanted to avoid "offending" Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is to report to the State Duma on April 22; pp 1, 6 (600 words). 6. Alina Terekhova article titled "Beijing appreciates gas exports from Russia" refers to an article in China's People's Daily that cast doubt on the solidity of...

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