MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian government rushed a law through parliament on Friday which will tighten controls on civil rights groups and has strained relations with the United States, which fears a crackdown on opponents of President Vladimir Putin.
In defiance of criticism this week from the U.S. State Department, curtly dismissed by Russia’s Foreign Ministry as “gross interference”, the lower house overwhelmingly backed the bill in second and third readings under accelerated procedures.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – What do you do when your capital city gets too polluted, too crowded and overrun by traffic? Russia has an answer: Move it, or at least part of it.
Moscow authorities are drawing up plans to move a number of official buildings, including the parliament and some of the government administration, out of the clogged center to a “federal district” that would be built in a southeastern suburb.
MOSCOW, July 13 (Reuters) – What do you do when your capital
city gets too polluted, too crowded and overrun by traffic?
Russia has an answer: Move it, or at least part of it.
Moscow authorities are drawing up plans to move a number of
official buildings, including the parliament and some of the
government administration, out of the clogged centre to a
“federal district” that would be built in a southeastern suburb.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It took only a few hours before Vladimir Putin was aboard a luxury helicopter, surveying the flood waters in southern Russia that have killed 150 people.
Television channels showed the Russian president asking pointed questions and then grilling the governor and other local officials unsmilingly about whether they had acted quickly enough to save lives.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s lower house of parliament gave preliminary approval on Friday to a law that would brand many rights and campaign groups “foreign agents”, a move opponents say is an attempt to stifle protests against Vladimir Putin.
The law, presented by the president’s United Russia party for the first of three readings, would tighten controls on non-governmental organizations that receive foreign funding by forcing them to submit reports on their activity twice a year.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It took Lyudmila Alexeyeva just over four years to come to the conclusion that Vladimir Putin wants Russia to be more like the Soviet Union.
When the grandmother of Russia’s human rights movement first met Putin in November 2002, she was impressed by his humility and willingness to listen to activists like herself after less than three years as president.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has travelled halfway round the world to show who is in charge of Russia since his return to the presidency last month. The trouble is, no one is sure who he is trying to be.
On Monday, the world saw a prickly, tough and uncompromising Putin grimace his way through a frosty meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama that revived memories of Cold War diplomacy. The body language was reminiscent of the old Putin.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) – Russian President
Vladimir Putin sought to reassure investors on Thursday that he
is committed to building a “new economy” through liberal reforms
and privatisation, and said he would not let protests against
his rule spill over into civil unrest.
But in his first big speech to investors since his return to
the Kremlin in May, Putin offered nothing new and not everyone
was convinced he will do any more to carry out promises of
economic and political reforms in his new six-year term than in
his last 12 years as Russia’s paramount leader.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) – President
Vladimir Putin sought to reassure foreign investors on Thursday
that Russia was committed to liberal reforms and privatisation
and signalled to opponents that he would not allow protests to
develop into civil unrest.
Addressing concerns that his return to the presidency after
four years will stymie liberal reforms, Putin told an investment
forum in St Petersburg that he would tackle corruption and try
to reduce Russia’s reliance on energy exports.
KIEV (Reuters) – Coach Roy Hodgson celebrated the emergence of a new generation of players after his young forwards led England to a 3-2 victory over Sweden in Euro 2012 Group D on Friday.
Andy Carroll, 23, opened the scoring with a powerful header and second-half substitute Theo Walcott, also 23, scored the equalizer before making the pass for 21-year-old Danny Welbeck to score with what Hodgson described as a pirouette in front of goal.