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Sep 8, 2012

China, Russia sound alarm on world economy at APEC summit

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 8 (Reuters) – China and Russia
sounded the alarm about the state of the global economy and
urged Asian-Pacific countries at a summit on Saturday to protect
themselves by forging deeper regional economic ties.

Chinese President Hu Jintao said Beijing would do all it
could to strengthen the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) by rebalancing its economy, Asia’s biggest,
to improve the chances of a global economic recovery.

Sep 8, 2012

China sounds alarm on global economy at APEC summit

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 8 (Reuters) – China sounded the
alarm about the state of the global economy on Saturday and
urged countries gathering at an Asia-Pacific summit to protect
themselves by forging deeper regional economic ties.

Chinese President Hu Jintao said his country would play a
role in helping deepen cooperation between the 21 members of the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) by rebalancing its
economy to improve the chances of a global economic recovery.

Sep 7, 2012

Russia’s Putin warns on global economy, looks east

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin issued a warning over the fragile state of the global economy on Friday as he set out plans for Russia to build economic ties with Asia at a time when Europe is battling a debt crisis.

Looking relaxed, Putin fielded questions from businessmen for 90 minutes before a summit with Asia-Pacific leaders, portraying Russia as a reliable energy supplier for Asia and as a gateway to Europe for Asian investors.

Aug 2, 2012

Media magnate Lebedev may sell Russian assets

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Banker and media magnate Alexander Lebedev said on Thursday he could sell his business assets in Russia after coming under pressure from the Kremlin, adding he feared he might be jailed in a criminal case he regards as politically motivated.

Lebedev also said Russia could face a wave of political repression following a series of moves since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency on May 7 that opposition leaders have described as a crackdown on dissent.

Aug 1, 2012

Putin critic Navalny says crackdown just starting

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he was sure he would go to prison after being charged with theft, and warned this was just the start of a crackdown on dissent by President Vladimir Putin.

The 36-year-old anti-corruption blogger, who has emerged as one of Putin’s most powerful opponents during months of protests against the Kremlin leader’s 12-year rule, faces the threat of a 10-year jail term over allegations on Tuesday that he was involved in embezzling money in 2009.

Jul 13, 2012

Russia speeds law on rights groups, snubbing U.S

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.

Jul 13, 2012

Insight: Russia ponders the future of its capital

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.

Jul 13, 2012

Russia ponders the future of its capital

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.

Jul 8, 2012

Russia’s Putin acts tough but faces flood risks

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.

Jul 6, 2012

Russia rights groups fear crackdown as law changes

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.

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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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