Support The Moscow Times!

Medvedev ‘Bored to Death’

President Dmitry Medvedev told ministers he was “bored to death” by reports that boast of accomplishments and avoid mentioning problems, Kommersant reported Friday.

Medvedev complained that projects listed as achievements by Regional Development Minister Viktor Basargin had been started even before he became president in 2008, the newspaper said, citing a Kremlin meeting on “priority national projects” on Thursday.

The president also criticized Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik for trying to start her report with positive news and quizzed her on the need for the Russian Agriculture Academy if it does not focus on applied sciences, asking: “What do they study? Questions of life in the universe?”


Read more

We need your help now more than ever.

Independent media outlets and journalists in Russia are being increasingly targeted with “foreign agent” and “undesirable” labels, threatening the existence of the free press day by day.

Your donation to The Moscow Times directly supports the last independent English-language news source within Russia.