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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.

Feb 13, 2015

Insight – In Russia, battle for university places deflates Crimea euphoria

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.

Feb 13, 2015

In Russia, battle for university places deflates Crimea euphoria

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.

Jan 30, 2015

Putin ally handed contract to build Russian bridge to Crimea

MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Russia has handed a multi-billion
dollar contract to build a bridge to the Crimea peninsula to an
ally and former judo partner of Vladimir Putin who is under
Western sanctions.

A government order published on Friday named Stroygazmontazh
(SGM) as the contractor to build the bridge spanning the Kerch
Strait to link Russia’s mainland and Crimea, annexed from
Ukraine last March in an act that triggered Western sanctions.

Jan 28, 2015

In Russia, crisis deepens slide in living standards for pensioners

MOSCOW (Reuters) – For Boris Lisitsyn, Russia’s financial crisis means less meat, cheese and sausage – hardships the 86-year-old says won’t kill him anytime soon.

But for him and the millions of pensioners who make up about a third of Russia’s population, rising prices are also spurring anger over declining living standards, threatening a pool of support President Vladimir Putin cannot afford to lose.

Dec 28, 2014

Special Report – Crunch time: As sanctions bite, Putin ally gets into apples

ABINSK, Russia (Reuters) – As U.S. and European sanctions piled pressure on Russia earlier this year, the Kremlin hit back with an unusual weapon: apples.

From Aug. 7 Russia banned imports of fruit from various countries that supported sanctions, including Poland, which has been a strong critic of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The ban had real impact: Poland is the world’s biggest exporter of apples and last year sent more than $380 million worth to Russia, according to International Trade Centre figures.