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Jul 30, 2015

Independent media battle on in Putin’s Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia’s most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked.

He has worried about security since someone left a chopping block with an axe in it outside his apartment in 2009 and he fled Russia for a week this year, fearing he was on a hit list.

Jul 30, 2015

Insight – Independent media battle on in Putin’s Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia’s most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked.

He has worried about security since someone left a chopping block with an axe in it outside his apartment in 2009 and he fled Russia for a week this year, fearing he was on a hit list.

Jul 14, 2015

Russia seeks gains to ease possible pain from Iran deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin urged the world to celebrate Tuesday’s six-power nuclear deal with Iran, but the agreement carries risks for Russia because it could drive down oil prices.

Moscow sees the deal, which offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, as opening the way to selling Tehran missile defense systems and winning lucrative new nuclear energy contracts.

Jul 9, 2015

Kremlin critics say ‘climate of fear’ grows in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Kremlin critics say a climate of fear is growing in Russia after the upper house of parliament drew up a list of “undesirable” civil rights organizations and two similar groups decided to close.

Dynasty, a charitable foundation which sponsors science and education, and the Committee Against Torture said they would stop operating after being branded “foreign agents” under a law that applies to groups that receive funding from abroad.

Jul 3, 2015

Russia waits in wings as Greek debt crisis deepens

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin must be finding it hard to contain a wry smile as the European Union struggles with Greece’s debt problems.

Events are playing into his hands by diverting attention from the conflict in Ukraine and offering him a chance to exploit differences in the EU which might undermine unity on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

Jul 2, 2015

Russia warns against “colour revolution” in Armenia

MOSCOW/YEREVAN, July 2 (Reuters) – In a veiled warning to
the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to
spark a new “colour revolution” in Armenia by exploiting
protests against electricity prices for political ends.

Large crowds of mostly young people have been protesting in
the Armenian capital Yerevan for more than 10 days, demanding
the government scrap plans to raise the price of electricity for
households.

Jun 26, 2015

Russian spymaster-statesman Primakov dies at 85

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who helped restore stability after an economic crash in 1998 and shifted the focus of foreign policy away from the West, has died at the age of 85 after a long illness.

A former Soviet Communist apparatchik, Primakov went on to become a spymaster and foreign minister who was seen abroad as a hawk but was revered in Russia as a statesman and crisis manager.

Jun 19, 2015

Putin says Russia weathering sanctions, lectures West

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin boasted on Friday that Russia had found the “inner strength” to prevent sanctions causing a deep economic crisis, and told the West to stop using “the language of ultimatums.”

Investment in Russia has slowed to a trickle, capital flight has risen and the economy has been sliding into recession since oil prices tumbled last year and the West imposed economic sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Jun 3, 2015

Russia dismisses concern over hosting 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW, June 3 (Reuters) – Russia dismissed concern on Wednesday that it might lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals or face a boycott by other nations after Sepp Blatter’s resignation as FIFA president.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Moscow was surprised by Blatter’s move, four days after he was re-elected as head of soccer’s world governing body, but was pressing ahead with its preparations for 2018.

May 8, 2015

Russia and China deepen ties with new economic deals

MOSCOW, May 8 (Reuters) – Russia and China signed a $25
billion deal to boost Chinese lending to Russian firms and a
host of other accords deepening economic cooperation on Friday
as Moscow’s ties with the West fray over the Ukraine crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi
Jinping hailed their countries’ improving relationship after
Kremlin talks and a signing ceremony on the eve of a military
parade marking the end of World War Two in Europe.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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