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Aug 17, 2011

Russia’s Putin pledges support for aviation sector

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin promised more support for Russia’s aviation
industry on Wednesday after overseeing more than $1 billion
worth of deals at the country’s biggest airshow.

Putin watched the first public flight of the
fifth-generation T-50 fighter at the MAKS airshow outside
Moscow, as well as flights of mid-size regional plane Sukhoi
Superjet.

Aug 15, 2011

Belarus criticizes U.S. economic sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) – New U.S. sanctions against state-owned enterprises in Belarus are “an act of aggression” and a blow to companies with ties to Russia, the former Soviet republic’s prime minister said on Monday.

The United States imposed sanctions last Thursday against four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to President Alexander Lukashenko in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition.

Aug 9, 2011

Russia VTB confident of surviving market volatility

SOCHI, Russia, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Russia’s VTB ,
which received around $13 billion in state aid during the
2008-09 financial crisis, can sail through renewed market
turbulence with no extra support, its CEO said on Tuesday.

“We are ready to withstand it (volatility on markets) much
better than two years ago. I don’t see any problems either for
VTB, nor for the overall banking sector, even if the situation
turns worse than we expect,” Andrei Kostin said.

Jul 14, 2011

Russia’s Putin blames “greed” for boat tragedy

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew to the Volga River on Thursday where he blamed “irresponsibility and greed” for a riverboat accident that has killed at least 113 people, including many children.

Sixteen people still missing from Russia’s worst river disaster in three decades were presumed dead as divers neared the end of their search of the boat that sank on Sunday, Transport Minister Igor Levitin said.

Jul 14, 2011

Putin flies in to mourn as 20 still missing from boat

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew into Kazan Thursday as divers recovered more bodies from the wreck of a tourist boat that sank to the bottom of the Volga River, bringing the official death toll to 112.

Twenty people were still missing from Russia’s worst river disaster in three decades and were presumed dead as divers neared the end of their search of the boat that sank Sunday, regional Emergencies Ministry official Igor Panshin said.

Jun 28, 2011

Russia to support Lagarde for IMF’s top job: Kudrin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will vote for French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde’s candidacy as head of the International Monetary Fund, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told reporters on Tuesday.

Russia’s official announcement of support for Lagarde comes on the day when the 24-strong IMF board of member countries meet to try to reach a consensus on the issue of leadership without driving the matter to a formal vote.

Jun 24, 2011

Medvedev to ease election rules, wants own party

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a bill on Friday that would make it easier for smaller parties to win parliamentary seats in 2016 elections, and signalled plans to create his own political movement.

The two initiatives could help Medvedev if, as many expect, he stepped aside to enable Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin in next year’s presidential election but sought another term for himself in 2018.

Jun 22, 2011

Russia, EU sign deal to end vegetable trade ban

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia and the European Union signed a deal agreeing conditions for the resumption of EU fresh vegetable imports to Russia, which banned them because of a deadly E.coli outbreak, both sides said on Wednesday.

The deal followed bitter recriminations over a halt on trade that earned EU producers some 600 million euros ($860 million) last year, with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warning of “poison” and the EU saying the blanket ban was unjustified.

Jun 21, 2011

Russia’s Putin says no rift with President Medvedev

PARIS, June 21 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
dismissed speculation of a rift with President Dmitry Medvedev
on Tuesday, saying he and his protege shared a “joint programme”
for Russia’s development.

When asked about Medvedev’s pledge to reduce the role of the
state, reform the justice system and fight corruption, Putin
said it was a “joint programme with President Medvedev”.

Jun 7, 2011

Putin says West’s actions increased energy prices

MOSCOW, June 7 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin said on Tuesday the West was largely responsible for high
energy prices, citing unrest in North Africa and the U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“It is not we who are creating conditions that lead to price
growth in global markets,” said Putin, who has repeatedly
accused the United States and its allies of undermining global
stability over the past decade.