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Oct 18, 2012

Putin’s foes search for leaders in online Russia vote

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Opponents of President Vladimir Putin say elections in Russia are rigged in favor of his ruling party and are instead holding their own Internet contest to choose a “shadow parliament” they hope will reinvigorate the flagging opposition movement.

Putin has dismissed those who took part in the biggest protests against his 12-year rule this year and last as “chattering monkeys”, but has said the movement may produce civic leaders.

Oct 17, 2012

Russia’s Putin sacks member of Medvedev’s cabinet

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked a member of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s cabinet on Wednesday after five months in office, asserting his authority over a government some analysts predict will be short-lived.

Putin signed a decree dismissing Regional Development Minister Oleg Govorun, one of two ministers he had publicly criticized last month, and replacing him with Igor Slyunyayev, a former governor of Kostroma region northeast of Moscow.

Oct 10, 2012

Putin backs Russian push for Iraqi oil

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 10 (Reuters) – President Vladimir
Putin lobbied Iraq’s prime minister on Wednesday to support
Russian energy investment, as the oil arm of gas export monopoly
Gazprom pushes for a foothold in the semi-autonomous
region of Kurdistan.

Gazprom Neft is still interested in Kurdistan’s
oil, company sources and the province’s spokesman said,
rebutting reports it had frozen projects in the Iraqi province.

Oct 5, 2012

Russia extends Tajik base lease to curb militant threat

DUSHANBE (Reuters) – Russia extended its military presence in Tajikistan for 30 years on Friday in a deal to secure the southern fringes of its former Soviet empire after NATO troops leave Afghanistan.

The countries’ defense ministers signed an agreement prolonging Russia’s lease on a military base in the former Soviet republic until 2042 during a visit by President Vladimir Putin.

Oct 1, 2012

Medvedev points Facebook’s Zuckerberg towards Russian IT sector

GORKI, Russia (Reuters) – Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev told Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Monday that Russia’s IT industry was as promising an area for investment as its natural resources sectors.

“You probably know that here in Russia we have not only oil, gas, gold and diamonds – there is also an IT industry,” a smiling Medvedev told Zuckerberg.

Sep 20, 2012

Russia cuts Kyrgyz debt for military, power deals

BISHKEK, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Russia agreed on Thursday to
write off nearly $500 million in debt due from Kyrgyzstan in
exchange for a package of deals that will extend Moscow’s
military and energy footprints on the volatile fringes of the
former Soviet Union.

As Kyrgyzstan confirmed plans to close a U.S. base used to
fly troops in and out of Afghanistan after Washington’s lease
expires in 2014, President Vladimir Putin secured a 15-year
extension to Russia’s lease on its own base in the country.

Sep 18, 2012

YouTube under threat in Russia over Prophet film

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Access to YouTube across Russia could be blocked under a new law that takes effect on November 1 if the portal does not remove a video mocking the Prophet Mohammad, the country’s communications minister said on Tuesday.

The video, which sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries, has been deemed extremist by Russian prosecutors who have now asked the court to ban it.

Sep 13, 2012

Russia’s Vladimir Putin admits wildlife stunts are staged

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that some of his most famous media adventures with wildlife have been carefully staged but has said they were worthwhile because they drew the public’s attention to important conservation projects.

His macho appearances with everything from tigers to whales have been a staple of Russian state TV for years, cementing his image as a man of action but drawing mockery from critics who have likened them to Soviet-style propaganda.

Sep 13, 2012

Vladimir Putin admits wildlife stunts are staged

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that some of his most famous media adventures with wildlife have been carefully staged but has said they were worthwhile because they drew the public’s attention to important conservation projects.

His macho appearances with everything from tigers to whales have been a staple of Russian state TV for years, cementing his image as a man of action but drawing mockery from critics who have likened them to Soviet-style propaganda.

Sep 13, 2012

Putin admits wildlife stunts are staged

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that some of his most famous media adventures with wildlife have been carefully staged but has said they were worthwhile because they drew the public’s attention to important conservation projects.

His macho appearances with everything from tigers to whales have been a staple of Russian state TV for years, cementing his image as a man of action but drawing mockery from critics who have likened them to Soviet-style propaganda.