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Apr 18, 2013

Police search offices of Russian PM’s pet project

MOSCOW, April 18 (Reuters) – Russian police on Thursday
searched the Moscow offices of the Skolkovo Foundation, a
hi-tech project promoted by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as an
answer to Silicon Valley.

The raid is likely to deepen speculation that Medvedev has
fallen out of favour with President Vladimir Putin, who
threatened this week to sack senior officials in a leaked video
widely seen as a warning to his long-time ally.

Apr 17, 2013

Russian PM Medvedev defends record after Putin warning

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev defended his government’s record in a combative speech
to parliament on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin
signalled he may be losing patience with his long-time ally.

There has been speculation for months in the media and among
political analysts that Putin, now 60, could make Medvedev a
scapegoat if Russia’s economy continues to decline.

Apr 15, 2013

Russian anti-Putin protest leader expects to be jailed

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny accused Vladimir Putin on Monday of orchestrating a trial against him on theft charges, and said he was sure he would be found guilty in a campaign to crush the opposition.

The 36-year-old anti-corruption blogger, who emerged as the president’s most powerful opponent during protests that began in December 2011, goes on trial in the city of Kirov on Wednesday on what he says are trumped-up charges.

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.

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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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