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Jun 17, 2015

Patience runs low as crisis bites in Russia’s Astrakhan

ASTRAKHAN, Russia (Reuters) – With oil and gas, fish in the nearby Caspian Sea and a warm climate, Astrakhan should be one of Russia’s richest provinces.

It isn’t, and for years many people in this southern region of more than 1 million have accepted their position near the bottom of Russia’s leader board. But patience is wearing thin.

Jun 16, 2015

Insight – Patience runs low as crisis bites in Russia’s Astrakhan

ASTRAKHAN, Russia (Reuters) – With oil and gas, fish in the nearby Caspian Sea and a warm climate, Astrakhan should be one of Russia’s richest provinces.

It isn’t, and for years many people in this southern region of more than 1 million have accepted their position near the bottom of Russia’s leader board. But patience is wearing thin.

May 10, 2015

No respite for candy factory caught up in Russia-Ukraine crisis

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.

Apr 28, 2015

Russians seethe over Western snub of war anniversary parade

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.

Apr 10, 2015

Russian middle class slowly stirred to action by economic crisis

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.

Mar 29, 2015

Russia’s rich forego some luxuries but still back Putin

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.

Mar 26, 2015

Putin says Western spies plot against Russia before polls

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.

Mar 2, 2015

Blood near the Kremlin: Russia’s media fight back

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.

Feb 24, 2015

Russian lawmakers may take pay cut to weather crisis

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.

Feb 20, 2015

Economic crisis threatens Russia’s most secure state jobs

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
Western sanctions.