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Dec 22, 2010

Putin takes it on the chin from former judo coach

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was given tips on pushing his hips forward and how to use his left hand by his long-time judo coach during a sparring session Wednesday.

In a televised display, the black-belt prime minister was treated to advice from his former trainer who looked on as he grappled with opponents before reporters at the inauguration of a sports complex in his home town of St. Petersburg.

Dec 21, 2010

Russia’s Putin honours murdered soccer fan

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sought to pacify soccer fans on Tuesday by laying flowers at the grave of a fan whose killing sparked the worst racial violence in Moscow since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Yegor Sviridov, a 28-year-old engineer and Spartak Moscow fan, was killed on Dec. 6 during a fight between a group of ethnic Russians and migrants from the Northern Caucasus, Russia’s most volatile region.

Dec 16, 2010

Putin talks up recovery, slams ethnic violence

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday talked up Russia’s recovery from its economic crisis, saying the economy would grow by up to 4 percent this year with real incomes rising thanks to large pension increases.

In opening remarks to an annual question-and-answer TV show, Putin delivered a robust defense of his government’s policies, saying the goal of regaining pre-crisis levels of economic activity was within reach.

Dec 11, 2010

“Alpha-dog” Putin changes tune, sings “Blueberry Hill”

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, known for his off-colour jokes and macho posturing, took on a different role on Friday night by singing “Blueberry Hill” at a children’s charity event.

“Like an overwhelming majority of people, I can neither sing nor play but I very much like doing it,” Putin said after being prodded by the event’s hostess, who reminded him that he had sung before a group before.

Dec 9, 2010

Russia’s Putin raps U.S. over leaked cables

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attacked the United States on Thursday over secret U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, saying the West had no right to preach to Russia about democracy.

When asked about cables which cast him as Russia’s “alpha-dog” ruler, Putin asked: “Do you think the American diplomatic service is a crystal clean source of information? Do you think so?”

Dec 8, 2010

Putin warns of measures against global drug firms

MOSCOW, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Pharmaceutical companies and
medical equipment makers will face restrictions in Russia if
they fail to develop local production and transfer technology,
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

The Russian government plans to invest 120 billion roubles
($3.8 billion) before 2020 in the pharmaceutical industry, which
it sees as one of the priority sectors in Putin’s drive to
restore the country’s industrial might.
“The simple way is to show that there will be restrictions
for them in the Russian market if theydo not launch production
and transfer technology,” Putin said during a cabinet meeting on
the sector, in remarks posted on the government’s website.

Nov 26, 2010

Putin says EU energy laws are uncivilised ‘robbery’

BERLIN, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin on Friday lashed out at European Union laws aimed at
liberalising the continent’s energy market, saying they hinder
investment and amount to uncivilised “robbery”.

Putin, speaking to an investor forum before talks with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the EU should consult
Russia when drafting such important legislation.

Nov 25, 2010

Putin, Merkel trade barbs ahead of talks in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused each other of hindering trade and investment Thursday ahead of talks which may result in the biggest German divestment from Russia to date.

In an article published in Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper Putin warned that European legislation aimed at liberalizing energy markets could hurt investment and eventually lead to energy shortages in Europe.

Nov 25, 2010

Putin says EU energy laws hurt investment

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin warned on Thursday that European legislation aimed at
liberalising energy markets could hinder investment and
undermine future cooperation with the European Union.

The European Union agreed in March 2009 to liberalise energy
markets by splitting giant utilities, ensuring that small gas
suppliers can get unhindered access to European infrastructure
and compete on an equal footing with the dominant players.

Nov 24, 2010

Germany’s E.ON may sell stake in Russia’s Gazprom

MOSCOW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Germany’s E.ON Ruhrgas (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
may sell its $4.5 billion stake in Russian gas giant Gazprom
(GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to Russian state-owned bank VEB as the German firm
struggles to cope with high debts and falling revenues.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is also chairman of VEB,
may discuss the possible sale of the stake with German
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday during a visit to Germany,
his spokesman said.