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Apr 12, 2012

Putin flags tax breaks for Russian offshore oil and gas

MOSCOW, April 12 (Reuters) – Russian President-elect
Vladimir Putin on Thursday outlined new rules for the
development of vast offshore oil and gas resources, offering
some much-needed tax breaks to make far-flung projects viable.

The new offerings, such as abolishing export duty, are
seemingly aimed at appeasing foreign participants in the giant
Shtokman gas project as well as the Arctic partnership of
ExxonMobil and Rosneft.

Apr 11, 2012

Putin signals support for NATO Afghan supply hub

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President-elect Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called NATO a relic of the Cold War but said he supported letting the alliance use a Russian airport as a supply hub in support of its mission in Afghanistan.

Moscow is studying a request from NATO for use of facilities at an airport in the Volga River city of Ulyanovsk as a transit point for shipments of non-lethal supplies to and from Afghanistan by air, rail and road.

Apr 11, 2012

Russia’s Putin calls for unity but opponents walk out

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President-elect Vladimir Putin urged his opponents on Wednesday to bury their differences with him for the sake of Russia’s economic and political future after months of protests and elections that divided the country.

But some deputies walked out when he deflected criticism over a disputed mayoral vote after his last speech to parliament as prime minister, underlining the challenge he faces from the opposition after the biggest protests of his 12-year rule.

Apr 11, 2012

Several Russian deputies walk out after Putin speech

MOSCOW, April 11 (Reuters) – Several opposition deputies
walked out of Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday in
protest at comments by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about a
dispute over a local election.

Oleg Shein, a representative of the opposition Just Russia
party, and a group of supporters went on a hunger strike after
complaining of fraud in a mayoral election in the southern city
of Astrakhan which he lost to a rival from a pro-Kremlin party.

Apr 11, 2012

Russia’s Putin calls for unity after protests, polls

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President-elect Vladimir Putin urged his opponents on Wednesday to put aside their differences with him for the sake of Russia’s economic and political future after months of protests and elections that divided the country.

But some deputies walked out of the State Duma lower house to protest his remarks about a disputed mayoral vote following his last annual speech to parliament as prime minister, underlining the growing challenge he faces from the opposition after the biggest protests of his 12-year rule.

Apr 11, 2012

Putin speech may offer clues on next Russian government

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin will play up his economic achievements on Wednesday in his last annual address to parliament as prime minister, a speech that will be scoured for clues on the makeup of his next administration.

The set-piece speech, which comes less than a month before Putin is sworn in on May 7, will offer the once and future Kremlin chief – a master of policy detail – a platform to set out a growth agenda for his six-year term.

Apr 10, 2012

Putin speech may offer clues on next Russian govt

MOSCOW, April 11 (Reuters) – Russian President-elect
Vladimir Putin will play up his economic achievements on
Wednesday in his last annual address to parliament as prime
minister, a speech that will be scoured for clues on the makeup
of his next administration.

The set-piece speech, which comes less than a month before
Putin is sworn in on May 7, will offer the once and future
Kremlin chief – a master of policy detail – a platform to set
out a growth agenda for his six-year term.

Apr 8, 2012

Russian opposition holds first Red Square protest

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police let hundreds of activists roam Moscow’s Red Square freely on Sunday in the first anti-government protest held next to the Kremlin, though it detained three activists for an attempt to set up a tent.

Russian authorities had so far made the Red Square off-limits for political demonstrations. Last week they sealed it off and detained dozens of activists who had sought to hold a silent protest against Vladimir Putin’s rule.

Apr 3, 2012

Russian Church: under attack after backing Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Orthodox Church said on Tuesday it was under attack from unspecified “anti-Russian forces” seeking to erode its authority after it threw its weight behind Vladimir Putin before last month’s presidential election.

The unusually strongly-worded statement listed a recent protest performance by an all-girl punk band in Moscow’s main cathedral as well as media allegations against Patriarch Kirill as examples of such attacks.

Apr 3, 2012
via FaithWorld

Russian Orthodox Church says it’s under attack after backing Putin

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(Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) kisses Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill during an Orthodox Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 23, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

Russia’s Orthodox Church said on Tuesday it was under attack from unspecified “anti-Russian forces” seeking to erode its authority after it threw its weight behind Vladimir Putin before last month’s presidential election.