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Mar 22, 2013

Chinese leader bolsters Russian ties on first foreign trip

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of relations with Russia as a counterweight to U.S. influence by visiting Moscow on his first foreign trip as president, and secured more oil to fuel China’s growing economy.

Although relations between Moscow and Beijing have rarely been smooth, they have improved in the past decade and Xi highlighted this by signing energy, trade and political deals on Friday to strengthen ties between them.

Mar 22, 2013

China’s Jinping welcomes Russia’s Putin as a friend

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping demonstrated the importance of Beijing’s growing ties with Russia on Friday by going to Moscow on his first foreign trip as president and telling Vladimir Putin he was a good friend.

Xi’s choice of destination sent a signal to the United States that the world’s largest energy producer, Russia, and its biggest consumer, China, want to bolster their joint clout as a financial and geopolitical counterweight to Washington.

Mar 22, 2013

China’s new leader welcomes Russia’s Putin as a friend

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping demonstrated the importance of Beijing’s growing ties with Russia on Friday by going to Moscow on his first foreign trip as president and telling Vladimir Putin he was a good friend.

Xi’s choice of destination sent a signal to the United States that the world’s largest energy producer, Russia, and its biggest consumer, China, want to bolster their joint clout as a financial and geopolitical counterweight to Washington.

Mar 15, 2013

Insight: Liberal governor engulfed by Putin’s Russia

KIROV, Russia (Reuters) – Governor Nikita Belykh is the most powerful man in Russia’s remote Kirov region but that did not stop masked investigators searching his office.

Police linked the raid to a fraud investigation involving a local business, but many others say the men in body armor and balaclavas who rummaged through his files were a warning signal from Moscow, and possibly President Vladimir Putin himself.

Mar 5, 2013

Bolshoi Ballet dancer detained over acid attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained one of the Bolshoi Ballet’s top dancers on Tuesday over an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe’s artistic director and exposed fierce backstage rivalries at the famed theatre.

Russia’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that Pavel Dmitrichenko, a Bolshoi soloist who is to dance in “Sleeping Beauty” this month, is suspected of plotting the attack that left Sergei Filin, 42, with severe burns after a masked assailant threw a jar of acid in his face.

Mar 5, 2013

Police search Bolshoi dancer’s home, quiz acid attack suspect

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police searched the home of one of the Bolshoi Ballet’s top dancers on Tuesday over an acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe’s artistic director, and detained a man suspected of carrying it out.

The coordinated police action was the first sign of progress towards solving a crime that left Sergei Filin, 42, with severe burns after a masked attacker threw a jar of sulphuric acid in his face outside his apartment on January 17.

Mar 5, 2013

Suspect held over Bolshoi acid attack in Russia

MOSCOW, March 5 (Reuters) – A suspect was detained on
Tuesday over an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic
director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet and put a spotlight on
infighting at one of the world’s great theatres.

Sergei Filin, 42, was badly burned when a masked assailant
threw sulphuric acid in his face outside his Moscow apartment as
he returned home late on Jan. 17. He is now in Germany having
treatment that is expected to save his sight.

Feb 25, 2013

Pressure mounts on Bolshoi Theatre chief after acid attack

MOSCOW, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Pressure is growing on the
manager of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre after a prime-time
television show criticised him over a “decade of scandal”,
including an acid attack on its ballet chief.

The show, hosted by a top lawmaker from President Vladimir
Putin’s ruling party, said General Manager Anatoly Iksanov’s
more than 12 years at the helm had been marked by a decline in
the reputation of one of Russia’s great cultural institutions.

Feb 25, 2013

Putin tries to curb smoking, tobacco sales

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will ban smoking in many public places from June under a law central to President Vladimir Putin’s plans to make citizens healthier, raise life expectancy and help the economy.

Under the law, signed by Putin on Saturday and passed by parliament last week, smoking will gradually be banned at work, in the subway, restaurants, cafes, ships and long-distance trains in a nation with one of the world’s top smoking rates.

Feb 25, 2013

Russia’s Putin tries to curb smoking, tobacco sales

MOSCOW, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Russia will ban smoking in many
public places from June under a law central to President
Vladimir Putin’s plans to make citizens healthier, raise life
expectancy and help the economy.

Under the law, signed by Putin on Saturday and passed by
parliament last week, smoking will gradually be banned at work,
in the subway, restaurants, cafes, ships and long-distance
trains in a nation with one of the world’s top smoking rates.

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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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