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Russia's Egypt Flight Ban Here to Stay Medvedev

  • 9 November 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting Monday that flights to Egypt, one of the most popular international destinations for Russian tourists, are unlikely to be resumed in the near future. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting...

Russia, Serbia Pledge to Strengthen Economic Ties at Moscow Meeting

  • 27 October 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Economic issues topped the agenda at a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday, according to a transcript of the politicians' joint press conference published on the Russian government's website. Economic issues topped the agenda at a meeting between Russian Prime...

Russian Tourists to Be Repatriated From Egypt on Putin's Orders

  • 6 November 2015
  • By Eva Hartog / The Moscow Times
... peninsula shortly after taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh resort, killing 224 people, in Russia's largest ever air disaster. The advice and subsequent order from Putin seemed to mark a change in the Kremlin’s policy, after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev insisted it was too early to draw any conclusions on what caused the crash at a government meeting on Thursday. But Peskov said the flight ban did not signify any such U-turn and denied it was evidence the Kremlin considered the crash to have...

Russian Passenger Plane Crashes in Egypt, Killing All On Board

  • 31 October 2015
  • By Shura Collinson / The Moscow Times
... passengers were Russian. Russia"s Association of Tour Operators released a full list of passenger names on its website. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and ordered Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to set up a state commission to investigate the causes of the crash, the Kremlin said. Medvedev wrote on Twitter that the tragedy would be thoroughly investigated and that the families of the deceased would receive aid. Russia"s Emergency...

Russian Tour Agencies Cancel Turkey Trips Amid Fury Over Downed Warplane

  • 25 November 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... now advising the government, announced that: “Every Turkish tomato you buy … is your contribution to a rocket to shoot down our boys,” RIA Novosti reported. Following the incident, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have played up Turkey's links with Islamist groups and suggested that the country is dangerous for Russians. 179742

Downing of Su-24 Fighter-Bomber Sparks Outrage Among Russian Officials

  • 25 November 2015
  • By Joanna Kozlowska / The Moscow Times
... “a question mark also hung over Russian-Turkish cooperation in the fight against terrorism.” However, it would not affect cooperation with other members of the Western anti-Islamic State coalition, he said. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that “not even border protection [considerations] justified escalating tensions with NATO,” the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday. He added that “the Russian side had evidence that some Turkish officials...

Russian Traffic Police to Go Undercover

  • 12 November 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... very hard to do,” he said. When a driver sees a police car, they change their behavior, he added. He clarified that the cars would be driven by plainclothes officers and equipped with video recording devices. In October, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that it was important that the police do not abuse their powers while implementing the measure, the BBC's Russian service reported. Patrol officers will need an appropriate level of training and legal knowledge, he was quoted as saying...

Russia Allocates Extra $300 Million to Fight HIV

  • 30 October 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... according to Skvortsova. Last week, Skvortsova warned that without funding increases, Russia's HIV epidemic will spiral out of control, with the number of HIV-infected people expected to increase by 250 percent by 2020. According to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the number of HIV carriers in Russia increases every year by 10 percent or 10,000 people, according to TASS. 179742

Nearly Half of Russians Distrust Police Poll

  • 10 November 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... Forty-six percent of Russians distrust the police, according to a new study by the state-run VTsIOM pollster. Analysts told the Vedomosti newspaper that the results suggested that Russia's police reform, initiated during the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, had failed. “The last few years have seen practically no change, and change is badly needed,” VTsIOM director Valery Fedorov said. 'In the U.S., Britain and Germany, levels of public trust in the police are radically different....

Russia and Iran Sign Long-Awaited S-300 Contract

  • 9 November 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... had come to terms on a key question dogging negotiations for the S-300 systems since April — a $4 billion Iranian lawsuit filed against Russia's state arms export agency Rosoboronexport in 2011. Tehran filed the suit after then-President Dmitry Medvedev issued a presidential order in 2010 banning delivery of S-300s to Iran under an $800 million contract signed in 2007 after Tehran came under heavy international sanctions for its nuclear weapons development program. Iran demanded that Russia...

Russia Restricts Use of Foreign Software in Battle for Information Sovereignty

  • 20 November 2015
  • By Peter Hobson / The Moscow Times
... country's tech industry, could cost foreign firms hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues. The rules apply to local and national government entities and come into force on Jan. 1, 2016, according to an order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the government's website on Friday. The order is part of a drive to wean Russia off imports in key areas of industry that was accelerated after Moscow's falling out with the West over Ukraine last year. It is also linked to...

Foreign IT Companies Threaten to Quit Russia Over Restrictive Legislation

  • 2 November 2015
  • By Anastasia Bazenkova / The Moscow Times
... Communications Ministry, allows the purchase of foreign software from Jan. 1, 2016 only if a domestic version is not available or if the domestic analogue doesn't have the required functions. The document is expected to be signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev within the next two weeks, Kommersant reported, citing an unidentified source in one of the ministries. Contact the author at 517837 179742

Ukraine Rebuffs Putins Offer to Restructure Russian Debt

  • 20 November 2015
  • By Anna Dolgov / The Moscow Times
... threatened a moratorium on repaying the $3 billion debt to Russia, unless Moscow agreed to those terms, media reports said. He referred to Russia as the “aggressor state.” His snappish interview aired a day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Ukraine should “stop acting out” and pay up, according to comments carried by the RBC news agency. Creditors have accepted Kiev's restructuring terms for 13 of Ukraine’s 14 eurobonds, Bloomberg reported on Nov. 13. Russian...

Russia Won't Halt Egypt-Bound Flights, Calls British Response 'Political'

  • 5 November 2015
  • By Eva Hartog / The Moscow Times
... citing the city administration's press service. The Islamic State terrorist organization on Wednesday reiterated an earlier statement in which it claimed responsibility for the Kogalymavia plane crash, Reuters reported. But Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting it was too early to draw any conclusions, state-run RIA Novosti agency said Thursday. Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal also said Thursday in an online statement that investigators had not found conclusive...

Russia to Exhume Alexander III as Romanov Probe Widens

  • 26 October 2015
  • By Howard Amos / The Moscow Times
... research into their identity. The Church canonized Nicholas II, his wife and their five children — including Maria and Alexei — in 2000 after a debate over the family's role in hastening the onset of revolution. In July, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the creation of a working group to look into the question of the remains of the imperial family, and Russia's powerful Investigative Committee reopened a criminal case into their deaths on Sept. 23. The case was originally closed in 2008...

After the Crash: What Are Russia's Options in Syria?

  • 12 November 2015
  • By Matthew Bodner / The Moscow Times
... motivated by Russia's intervention in the Syrian conflict, the government has suspended all flights to the Sinai. "The likelihood of a terrorist attack, naturally, remains one of the reasons this could have happened," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Tuesday, explaining the decision to suspend flights. According to Russian political analyst Yury Barmin, "it is relatively easy to convince Russians now that an alleged terrorist act is a sign of how...