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Dec 1, 2011

Russia’s ruling party risks demise, new book says

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has a two-thirds majority in parliament and its leaders hold the country’s top jobs, but its days could be numbered, the authors of a new book say.

The party, created 10 years ago, dominates Russian political life under the prime minister and is expected to win an election to the state Duma lower house of parliament on Sunday, although with a reduced majority.

Nov 27, 2011

Putin launches Kremlin bid with swipes at opponents, West

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling party’s nomination on Sunday to return to Russia’s presidency, while accusing foreigners of funding his political opponents in a reminder of the anti-Western rhetoric that characterised his years in power.

Putin, president from 2000-2008 and now prime minister, is expected to easily recapture the presidency in an election in March. But opinion polls indicate a parliamentary vote in a week could loosen his United Russia party’s domination of politics.

Nov 27, 2011

Putin launches Kremlin bid with swipe at opponents

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling party’s nomination on Sunday to return to Russia’s presidency, while accusing foreigners of funding his political opponents in a reminder of the anti-Western rhetoric that characterized his years in power.

Putin, president from 2000-2008 and now prime minister, is expected to easily recapture the presidency in an election in March. But opinion polls indicate a parliamentary vote in a week could loosen his United Russia party’s domination of politics.

Nov 24, 2011

Putin warns of crisis if United Russia weakens

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that if his party lost dominance of parliament in the December 4 election, as a poll suggests, Russia could see Greek-style economic crisis and unrest.

Prime Minister Putin, expected to be nominated as a presidential candidate at the party’s November 27 congress, cited turmoil in Greece and Portugal over spending cuts as examples of things to come if the United Russia party underperforms.

Nov 23, 2011

Putin says Russia needs strong rule for stability

MOSCOW, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin warned parliament on Wednesday that Russia’s elite should
unite under his strong rule to ensure stability in an uncertain
world dogged by economic and political turmoil.

Speaking to lawmakers less than two weeks before a Dec. 4
election which his ruling party is expected to win, Putin
underscored the need for his style of leadership as Russia
watches the euro zone debt crisis and the Arab Spring revolts.

Nov 18, 2011

Putin says oil firm Rosneft will buy ice hockey club

MOSCOW, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin said on Friday he had encouraged Russia’s biggest oil firm
Rosneft to take over the country’s legendary ice
hockey club CSKA, in a move likely to please sports fans ahead
of the election.

Putin, who will seek his third term as president in the
March 2012 poll and is campaigning for his United Russia party
ahead of a parliamentary vote on Dec. 4, donned ice-hockey
skates to train with former CSKA stars.

Nov 17, 2011

Putin, Medvedev praise values of Soviet Union

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s leaders said on Thursday the new Eurasian Union that Moscow wants to create would build on the best values of the Soviet Union.

Vladimir Putin, who plans to seek his third term as president in an election in March 2012, outlined last month his vision for the new body which would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Nov 16, 2011

Russia may contest EU energy rules in WTO – source

MOSCOW, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Russia, on the brink of
joining the World Trade Organization, is considering mounting a
challenge against EU energy regulations that would limit gas
export monopoly Gazprom’s control over its European pipeline
assets, a government source said on Wednesday.

WTO ministers are expected to invite Russia to join the
global trade rules body in December after 18 years of on-off
talks but, even before receiving their assent, a first row looks
to be brewing.

Nov 15, 2011

Russia says may lift EU air transit fee-official

MOSCOW, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it will
start talks with the European Union in January 2012 over
lifting flight transit fees amounting to about 300 million
euros ($406 million) per year, the country’s top trade
negotiator Maxim Medvedkov told Reuters.

European airlines currently have to pay royalties to the
Russian company Aeroflot in order to fly over Siberia
the shortest route between Europe and Asian destinations in
China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

Nov 12, 2011

Putin defends Kremlin comeback, praises Berlusconi

POZDNYAKOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin praised outgoing fellow political veteran Silvio Berlusconi on Friday and defended his own decision to remain in power for years to come in front of an audience of foreign experts.

A group of political scholars known as the Valdai Club presented Putin with a report warning him his way of ruling Russia had almost run its course and could not go on forever.