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May 8, 2012

Russia’s Putin asks parliament to back Medvedev

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s lower house on Tuesday to confirm his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister in a job swap that has angered many Russians and sparked protests against the men’s grip on power.

“I count on your support,” Putin said at the end of a brief speech to the State Duma in which he presented Medvedev, president for the last four years, as an experienced leader who would not let Russia down.

May 7, 2012

Russia’s Putin orders investment, labour shake-up

MOSCOW, May 7 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s
government to boost investment and shake up state-run industries
in a flurry of decrees issued after he returned to the
presidency on Monday with a call for a “new economy”.

Putin set out his long-term economic and social goals in the
orders, issued on the first day of a six-year presidency during
which he will face pressure to improve Russia’s business
climate, shrink the state’s role and ease reliance on energy
exports.

May 7, 2012

Russia’s Putin orders investment in “new economy”

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s government to boost investment and shake up state-run industries in a flurry of decrees issued after he returned to the presidency on Monday with a call for a “new economy”.

Putin set out his long-term economic and social goals in the orders, issued on the first day of a six-year presidency during which he will face pressure to improve Russia’s business climate, shrink the state’s role and ease reliance on energy exports.

May 5, 2012

Putin says ready to “go far” in U.S. relations: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s President-elect Vladimir Putin is ready to go far in developing ties between Russia and the United States provided the relationship is equal, Interfax news agency quoted Putin’s foreign policy aide as saying on Saturday.

Putin discussed bilateral relations at a closed-door meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama’s top security aide Tom Donilon at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Friday, three days before his inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin.

Apr 28, 2012

China makes new proposal on Russia gas deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chinese energy officials signaled on Saturday they were keen to pursue a major gas deal with Russia despite a proliferation of alternative supplies, and said they had made a new proposal to overcome a price deadlock.

Talks between China, the world’s fastest growing energy consumer, and Russia, the world’s largest conventional gas producer, fell apart late last year when China, frustrated by years of stalemate over price, increased its supplies from rival producer Turkmenistan.

Apr 27, 2012

Russia, China to announce progress on fund during Li visit

MOSCOW/NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Russia and China will announce progress on a joint investment fund during a visit by the man expected to be China’s next premier, while their leaders hinted on Friday at differences behind a show of amity and common ground on global issues.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who is on track to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao this autumn, met Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin and outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev during a trip that will also take him to Hungary and Belgium.

Apr 24, 2012

Putin steps down as United Russia party chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President-elect Vladimir Putin tried to distance himself from the fraud-tainted ruling United Russia party on Tuesday, announcing he was stepping down as its chairman.

Keen to protect his own ratings which are higher than those of a party discredited by claims its victory in a parliamentary election in December was achieved with the help of fraud, Putin proposed outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev as its new leader instead.

Apr 23, 2012

Russian opposition are “zeroes” – Putin aide

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin sees little scope for cooperation with the leaders of opposition protests because they lack ideas and many are uncharismatic “zeroes”, his spokesman said on Monday.

Dmitry Peskov’s comments signalled there is little chance of Putin offering an olive branch to his opponents by bringing them into government in response to the biggest protests against his domination of Russia since he rose to power 12 years ago.

Apr 18, 2012

Russia admits irregularities in regional vote after protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia admitted on Wednesday that some irregularities had taken place in the course of a disputed mayoral election in a southern Russian city last month, after the victory of a pro-Kremlin candidate there set off a wave of anti-government protests.

The disputed election in Astrakhan has become a focus for the opposition as it tries to breathe new life into its protest movement which has lost steam since Vladimir Putin was elected president for a six-year term on March 4.

Apr 17, 2012

Hezbollah chief tells Russian TV tried to mediate in Syria crisis

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah told a Russian television channel on Tuesday that his
Syria-backed group had tried to act as a mediator in the Syrian
conflict but failed to persuade the opposition to come to the
negotiating table.

Nasrallah made the remarks on the Kremlin-funded English
language television station during the first broadcast of a new
talk show hosted by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.