LIPETSK, Russia, May 10 (Reuters) – The fortunes of the
Russian outpost of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s candy
empire have ebbed and flowed with the Russian-backed separatist
conflict in the east of his country.
If the factory turning out toffees and jellied sweets in the
southwestern town of Lipetsk is a bellwether for the direction
of relations between Moscow and Kiev, things do not look good.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of Boris Lisitsyn’s happiest memories is of being swept by a huge, joyous crowd through the streets of Moscow and onto Red Square in spontaneous celebrations when World War Two ended in Europe.
He was too young to fight but, like most Russians, sees the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 as one of his nation’s great achievements, albeit as part of the Soviet Union.
MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) – It was when her nine-year-old
son said he wanted to be ill to keep her home that Ekaterina
Chatskaya knew the cuts at her Moscow clinic had gone too far
and she was working too many hours.
The 33-year-old Russian gynaecologist said her work burden
became unbearable when management announced new job losses in
November. Unable to cope, she and dozens of other doctors in
Moscow started a “work-to-rule” action – refusing to work beyond
their official contract hours – to try to protect a health
service they say is being driven to ruin.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian model Alisa Krylova canceled her order for the latest Mercedes, spent New Year in Moscow rather than skiing in the Alps and now employs Russian staff rather than foreigners.
The former Mrs Russia and Mrs Globe beauty pageant winner is among Russia’s super rich but even she and many of her wealthy friends are feeling the pinch from the economic crisis.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin accused Western spies on Thursday of plotting to undermine his rule and “destabilize” Russia before elections by using public organizations for their own goals.
At a meeting of Russia’s Federal Security Service, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, Putin took aim at non-governmental groups which receive foreign funding, saying Moscow would not relax its scrutiny of their activities.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A corpse on a bloodstained bridge, with the Kremlin’s red stars glowing behind: the perfect symbolic backdrop, Russian media say, for the West to step up a campaign to vilify President Vladimir Putin.
Faced with a wave of revulsion around the world at the assassination of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, the loyal media establishment is on the counter-attack, preparing Russians for a malicious propaganda campaign by a hostile West.
MOSCOW, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s lawmakers should take a
pay cut to help Moscow through a financial crisis, the speaker
of parliament said on Tuesday, appealing to their patriotism as
Western sanctions over Ukraine drain the economy.
Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the State Duma, said he had
asked all four groups in the lower house of parliament to
discuss the money-saving initiative, and would take it to
Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin if they agreed.
MOSCOW, Feb 20 (Reuters) – They seemed to have some of the
most secure jobs in Russia, working in the “power ministries”
favoured by President Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB spy.
But firefighters, police officers and, according to some
media reports, spies are now being squeezed by Russia’s economic
crisis, losing jobs and perks as the Finance Ministry cuts
spending to build up resources for what could be years of
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Alexandra Kartokhina always dreamed of studying in a big city. She even went to a Russian school in her native Crimea to help her achieve her ambition of studying in St Petersburg.
But now that dream has been tainted. After winning a place at a university in Russia’s second city on an equal footing with other students, she has to deal with “the eternal squabbles” over accusations that Crimeans are stealing “Russian” places.
MOSCOW, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Alexandra Kartokhina always
dreamed of studying in a big city. She even went to a Russian
school in her native Crimea to help her achieve her ambition of
studying in St Petersburg.
But now that dream has been tainted. After winning a place
at a university in Russia’s second city on an equal footing with
other students, she has to deal with “the eternal squabbles”
over accusations that Crimeans are stealing “Russian” places.