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May 24, 2012

Putin’s support sliding, crisis ahead: think-tank

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Support for President Vladimir Putin is sliding across Russia, and pressure for change is so widespread that a political crisis including violent clashes with protesters appears highly likely, a respected think-tank said on Thursday.

Putin was elected comfortably to a third, six-year term as president in March, despite huge urban protests last winter against alleged election fraud and the monopoly on power that he and his United Russia party enjoy.

May 21, 2012

Russia’s Putin tightens grip with new government

MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
unveiled a government dominated by loyalists on Monday,
tightening his grip on the economy and national security after
protests and limiting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s ability
to pursue market reforms.

Putin, 59, opted for continuity by retaining his ally Igor
Shuvalov as first deputy prime minister in charge of economic
policy, while Igor Sechin will remain his energy chief in a role
outside the government.

May 20, 2012

Putin to dominate new Russian government

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – Russian President
Vladimir Putin will unveil a government dominated by loyalists
on Monday, leaving Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev limited scope
to pursue his reform agenda and entrenching the Kremlin’s grip
over the economy’s commanding heights.

Medvedev, 46, named premier after Putin returned to the
Kremlin on May 7, has pledged to launch pro-growth policies and
a privatisation drive to wean Russia’s $1.7 billion economy off
its dependence on oil.

May 20, 2012

Russia says West still considering military action on Iran

MOSCOW, May 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s deputy foreign minister
said on Sunday that military action against Iran over its
nuclear programme was being considered in some Western
countries.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was speaking to
reporters on a plane on his way back from the G8 summit in Camp
David, where the G8 leaders signalled their readiness to tap
into emergency oil stockpiles quickly this summer if tougher new
sanctions on Iran threatened to strain supplies.

May 19, 2012

Russia Sberbank sees sale certainty after government formed

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Europe’s second largest
lender Russia’s Sberbank will see some certainty over
the planned privatisation sale after the new Russian
government’s lineup is announced on May 21, CEO German Gref said
on Saturday.

Sberbank initially planned the sale of the 7.6 percent
stake, part of Russia’s ambitious privatisation programme, last
September but postponed the deal after global risk aversion
wiped around $1.5 billion off the stake’s value.

May 17, 2012

Russia says action on Syria, Iran may go nuclear

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned on Thursday that military action against sovereign states could lead to a regional nuclear war, starkly voicing Moscow’s opposition to Western intervention ahead of a G8 summit at which Syria and Iran will be discussed.

“Hasty military operations in foreign states usually bring radicals to power,” Medvedev, president for four years until Vladimir Putin’s inauguration on May 7, told a conference in St. Petersburg in remarks posted on the government’s website.

May 15, 2012

Putin praised by leaders of ex-Soviet states

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin won praise from leaders of former Soviet republics on Tuesday and called for closer integration among the now-independent states once ruled by Moscow.

He pointedly decided to snub a G8 summit in the United States this weekend and instead made the one-day conference of post-Soviet leaders the first meeting with foreign heads of state of his new presidential term.

May 14, 2012

Putin ally maneuvering for power in Medvedev government

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A close ally of President Vladimir Putin staked a claim on Monday to stay on as the Russian government’s No.2, signaling continuity on economic policy and potentially weakening Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s future role.

With just a week to go until expiry of a deadline to form a new government following Putin’s swearing in for a third Kremlin term on May 7, the shape of the next government remains unclear.

May 14, 2012

Putin ally manoeuvring for power in Medvedev govt

MOSCOW, May 14 (Reuters) – A close ally of President
Vladimir Putin staked a claim on Monday to stay on as the
Russian government’s No.2, signalling continuity on economic
policy and potentially weakening Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev’s future role.

With just a week to go until expiry of a deadline to form a
new government following Putin’s swearing in for a third Kremlin
term on May 7, the shape of the next government remains unclear.

May 8, 2012

Putin and Medvedev complete job swap in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s lower house of parliament confirmed former president Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on Tuesday, completing a job swap with Vladimir Putin that has sparked protests against the two leaders’ grip on power.

The approval vote, comfortably won by Medvedev as Putin looked on, ignored growing concern in the country that keeping power in the hands of the same men who have led Russia for the past four years will bring political and economic stagnation.