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Dec 7, 2012

Russian PM defends tough laws, stands behind Putin

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev on Friday defended new laws which opponents say will be
used to stifle dissent, underlining his allegiance to President
Vladimir Putin after talk of a rift.

In a live interview with five Russian television stations,
Medvedev appeared determined to show he is in step with Putin
and to silence rumours that the more hawkish president could
sack him as premier.

Dec 4, 2012

No Russian revolution after a year of protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Artyom Kolpakov has learnt not to hope for too much after an exhilarating but ultimately frustrating year of protests against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Seething with anger over suspected fraud in a parliamentary election, the 39-year-old businessman ignored his wife’s pleas to stay at home on Dec 5 last year and joined a rally in Moscow’s Chistiye Prudy area where people chanted “Revolution!”

Nov 27, 2012

Belarus cbank rejects IMF advice to raise rates

MINSK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Belarus’s central bank is unlikely
to raise its key rate in December, bank governor Nadezhda
Yermakova said on Tuesday, despite a call for urgent tightening
from the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF urged the former Soviet republic last month to start
raising interest rates immediately, and avoid overstimulating
its economy, to keep a lid on inflation and maintain stability
after a crisis last year which led to a 65-percent rouble
devaluation.

Nov 27, 2012

Putin injured spine in judo bout: Belarus president

MINSK (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.

“I know he has this problem. He loves judo. He lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine,” Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 27, 2012

Putin injured spine in judo bout – Belarus leader

MINSK (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.

“I know he has this problem. He loves judo. He lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine,” Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 27, 2012

Belarus urges IMF to clear way for credit program

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko accused the International Monetary Fund of playing politics and said the Fund should clear the way for a new $3.5 billion credit program.

The former Soviet republic, which is recovering from a balance-of-payments crisis and a subsequent devaluation of the Belarussian rouble, faces a foreign debt repayment crunch in 2013.

Nov 27, 2012

Belarus leader relishes reputation as dictator

MINSK (Reuters) – He is a pariah in the West, viewed suspiciously by Russia and loathed by opponents in exile or jail, but Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is relishing his notoriety as Europe’s last dictator.

After 18 years in power, the blunt, forceful and heavily built former state farm manager shows no sign of bowing to Western pressure to relax his grip on the former Soviet republic squeezed between Russia and the European Union.

Nov 16, 2012

Germany and Russia clash on human rights, build trade

MOSCOW (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel took Russian President Vladimir Putin to task over a clamp-down on dissent and treatment of the Pussy Riot punk band when they held frosty talks on Friday.

But despite the chill descending on relations, they signed a host of economic deals underlining the importance of mutual trade which Putin put at $72 billion in 2011, as well as Germany’s dependence on Russia as an energy supplier.

Nov 16, 2012

Germany’s Merkel set for frosty talks with Putin

MOSCOW, Nov 16 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
will complain to President Vladimir Putin on Friday about a
crackdown on political freedoms in Russia at talks likely to
deepen a chill between the two big European powers.

Merkel has been asked by the German parliament to express
concern about the state of human rights in Russia since the
former KGB spy returned to the presidency for a six-year third
term in May.

Nov 15, 2012

Germany’s Merkel to press Putin on rights in Russia

MOSCOW, Nov 16 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
will complain to President Vladimir Putin on Friday about a
crackdown on political freedoms in Russia at talks likely to
deepen a chill between the two big European powers.

Merkel has been asked by the German parliament to express
concern about the state of human rights in Russia since the
former KGB spy returned to the presidency for a six-year third
term in May.

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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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