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Medvedev: Russia's Defense Spending Growing Despite Sanctions

  • 21 April 2015
  • Reuters
Russian state defense orders topped 1.9 trillion rubles ($35.54 billion) in 2014, helping the defense industry grow despite Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. Russian state defense orders topped 1.9 trillion rubles ($35.54 billion) in 2014, helping the defense industry grow despite Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. Medvedev told...

Russia's Medvedev Compares 'Return' of Crimea to Fall of Berlin Wall

  • 21 April 2015
  • Reuters
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday compared Russia's 'historic' annexation of Crimea to the reunification of Germany in 1989. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday compared Russia's 'historic' annexation of Crimea to the reunification of Germany in 1989. Speaking...

Medvedev: Russia's Economy Shrank 2% Already This Year, But Crimea Makes It Worth It

  • 21 April 2015
  • Reuters
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that Russia was suffering significant economic problems because of international sanctions, but the situation could have been much worse and Russia was adapting. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that Russia was...

Vietnam to Sign Free Trade Deal With Russia-Led Trade Bloc Next Week – Medvedev

  • 21 May 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Vietnam will next week sign a free trade agreement with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a club of five former Soviet states, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. Vietnam will next week sign a free trade agreement with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a club of five former Soviet states, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. The planned signing, which follows...

Medvedev Orders Regional Authorities to Control Price of Medication

  • 13 May 2015
  • The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has tasked regional authorities with controlling the prices of essential medications, according to a statement published Wednesday on the Russian government's official website. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has tasked regional authorities...

13,000 Russian War Veterans Still Waiting for Housing From State

  • 11 May 2015
  • The Moscow Times
As Russia on Friday geared up to celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that some of the veterans who served in that war are still waiting for the housing promised to them. As Russia on Friday geared up to celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that some...

Russia Steps Back From Brink of Major Pensions Overhaul

  • 23 April 2015
  • By Howard Amos / The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Thursday that Russia would not scrap pension fund contributions, preserving a key pool of investment capital. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Thursday that Russia would not scrap pension fund contributions, preserving a key...

Russian Ex-Chief Sanitary Inspector Lashes Out Over Rats in Schools

  • 28 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
A legendarily outspoken aide to Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken again — this time against a reported rat infestation near a Moscow kindergarten, Russian news website Rusnovosti.ru reported Tuesday. A legendarily outspoken aide to Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken again —...

Program to Get Russian Universities Into Global Top 100 Faces Setback

  • 21 May 2015
  • The Moscow Times
The Russian government has cut $40 million out of funding for a program helping local universities break into the world's top 100 best higher education institutions, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday, citing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The Russian government has cut $40 million out of funding for a program helping local universities break into the world's top 100 best higher education institutions, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday, citing Prime Minister Dmitry...

German Unification Was Not Like Crimea

  • 29 April 2015
  • By Josef Janning
Medvedev's recent comments comparing the unification of Germany to the annexation of Crimea are simply misleading, writes columnist Josef Janning. When Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently labelled ''the return of Crimea'' to Russia as the...

Getting Ready for Life After Putin

  • 19 May 2015
  • By Yevgeny Gontmakher
There was a brief period during the tenure of former President Dmitry Medvedev when Russians like myself began to hope that the country would finally become a part of Europe. Now I feel nothing but fear. There was a brief period during the tenure of former President Dmitry Medvedev when Russians like myself began to hope...

Russia's Offshore Money Looks Set to Stay There

  • 14 May 2015
  • By Kristen Blyth
... tax, according to the draft, and cannot be used as evidence in any investigation against the declarant. The origin of the funds and property won't be questioned. In fact, Russians won't even be required to move them back home, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the government in a meeting at the end of March, according to newspaper Vedomosti. The assets must only be registered in a "transparent" jurisdiction that has a double-tax treaty in place with Russia and is not blacklisted by the...

Russia Closes NATO’s Transport Corridor to Afghanistan

  • 18 May 2015
  • By Matthew Bodner / The Moscow Times
... otherwise frosty relations between the two former Cold War rivals. Russia has closed a transport corridor that had allowed NATO militaries to deliver supplies to Afghanistan through Russian territory, according to a decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on a government website Monday. The pathway through Russia had been a symbol of Russia-U.S. cooperation amid otherwise frosty relations between the two former Cold War rivals. Moscow's decision to close the transport corridor...

Moscow Cops Find 25 Kilos of Afghan Heroin in Drug Bust

  • 4 May 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... million rubles ($483,000). Russian authorities have recently harshened migration regulations for the citizens of a number of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a move they claim could curb drug trafficking and contraband. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last June approved amendments to migration laws requiring Tajik nationals — who had been able to enter Russia using their national identity cards since 2005 — to enter and leave the country using an international passport. Viktor...

Russian Opposition Activist Slits Wrists to Protest Prison Conditions

  • 21 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... officers at a rally in December 2013, though he claimed he had been trying to protect a woman from police brutality. He was also sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for attacking an officer at a rally in 2009, but was pardoned by then-President Dmitry Medvedev in early 2012. 179742

Theater

  • 30 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... Indian music and dance. School of Dramatic Art. 7 p.m. Roman Comedy (Rimskaya Komediya): Pavel Khomsky stages Leonid Zorin's historical play about an oppressive emperor and his mostly compliant subjects. Mossoviet Theater. 7 p.m. Romeo and Juliet: Vadim Medvedev's updated version of the Shakespeare tragedy. Dzhigarkhanyan Theater. 7 p.m. MT PICK The Death of a Giraffe (Smert Zhirafa): Dmitry Krymov directs seven monologues about loneliness. School of Dramatic Art. 8 p.m. The Marriage (Zhenitba): Oleg...

Russia's Best Twitter Parody Accounts

  • 7 May 2015
  • RFE/RL
... institutions in the Russian government. Here's a look at five of the best, which have collectively garnered more than 1.5 million followers. @KermlinRussia Launched in 2010 during the presidency of Putin protege and self-professed internet lover Dmitry Medvedev, @KermlinRussia shot to fame using word-play and repurposed Kremlin talking points to needle Russia's ruling elite. Пeрзидент Роисси @KermlinRussia: Всё, что принадлежит Путину — принадлежит народу. Или наоборот. Я уже не помню. Translation:...

Chinese Investors to Launch $200 Million Venture Fund With Russia's Skolkovo

  • 21 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... Skolkovo, to several Russian cities. We discovered that Russia has very good technology, and China has a good market. It is an excellent combination,” RIA quoted managing partner Du Hao as saying. First announced in 2009 by then-President Dmitry Medvedev, the Skolkovo Foundation is charged with handling the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, Russia's government-orchestrated answer to Silicon Valley, which is under construction outside Moscow. The $200 million venture fund will invest...

Obama: Russian S-300 Missiles Won’t Protect Against U.S. Strikes in Iran

  • 22 April 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... the Iranians to the table. It's of concern, we object to it … [but] we have to keep this in perspective,” he added. Iran signed a contract with Russia to buy five S-300 systems for $800 million in 2007, but in 2010 then-President Dmitry Medvedev decided to freeze delivery as a sign of good will toward the West. Putin earlier this month signed a decree lifting the ban after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear program. 179742

Protesters Against HIV Drug Prices Arrested in Moscow

  • 14 May 2015
  • The Moscow Times
... the International Business Times reported late last year. The Kremlin has repeatedly vowed to keep in check the cost of medications, which have skyrocketed since the ruble lost nearly half its value in 2014. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered regional authorities to ensure that essential medication remains affordable. In the first quarter of 2015, the cost of essential drugs increased by 6.9 percent, Russian media reported. The price of medication considered nonessential increased...