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Nov 4, 2014

Russians march in defiance of West and display of unity

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people marched through Moscow under flags and banners hailing Russia as a great power on Tuesday in an annual parade which this year amounted to a show of defiance to the West over Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin did not join the march marking “Unity Day” but later delivered a speech portraying Russia as morally superior in the standoff with the West and saying it had united in the face of “difficult challenges”.

Oct 29, 2014

Insight – Sanctions bind Russia’s energy elite to Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An offer by Gazprom to help rival Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly sanctions have bound Russia’s political and business elite together in the Ukraine crisis – an unintended consequence of the West’s punitive measures.

Some Gazprom executives now say this month’s little noticed proposal to loan Rosneft a drilling rig was “theoretical”. It was quietly made after U.S. sanctions put in doubt a project with ExxonMobil to drill for oil in the Kara Sea.

Oct 29, 2014

Sanctions bind Russia’s energy elite to Putin

MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – An offer by Gazprom to help rival
Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly
sanctions have bound Russia’s political and business elite
together in the Ukraine crisis – an unintended consequence of
the West’s punitive measures.

Some Gazprom executives now say this month’s little noticed
proposal to loan Rosneft a drilling rig was “theoretical”. It
was quietly made after U.S. sanctions put in doubt a project
with ExxonMobil to drill for oil in the Kara Sea.

Oct 28, 2014

U.S. and EU hail pro-West election outcome in Ukraine, Russia guarded

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine’s parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and to steer the country further away from Russia’s orbit towards mainstream Europe.

U.S. President Barack Obama hailed Sunday’s election as “an important milestone in Ukraine’s democratic development” while top European Union officials said on Monday it represented a “victory of the people of Ukraine and of democracy”.

Oct 27, 2014

Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine’s parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia’s orbit into Europe’s mainstream.

Poroshenko planned to start coalition talks on Monday after exit polls and partial results showed most of the groups that were holding up democratic and legal reforms demanded by the European Union had been swept out of parliament on Sunday.

Oct 26, 2014

Ukraine votes in poll likely to elect pro-West assembly

KIEV (Reuters) – War-weary Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but could fuel tension with Russia.

People wrapped up warmly on a cold, clear day to vote in the first parliamentary poll since protests in the capital Kiev last winter forced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich to flee and ushered in a pro-Europe leadership under Poroshenko.

Oct 17, 2014

In rouble crisis, Putin gets a helping hand from state TV

MOSCOW, Oct 17 (Reuters) – As the head of Russia’s biggest
state bank and a favourite of President Vladimir Putin, German
Gref has long been a loyal supporter of state economic policy.

But with the rouble sliding and the economy stagnating, he
delivered a diatribe this month against government
inefficiencies, which he compared to the Soviet era, and warned
that “we can’t motivate people by using the Gulag”.

Oct 14, 2014

European firms in Russia say they fear being ‘sacrificed’ in Ukraine standoff

MOSCOW (Reuters) – European companies in Russia warned on Tuesday they were being hurt by a Russian embargo on food imports as well as EU sanctions and risked being “sacrificed” in the standoff over Ukraine.

In comments before Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivered a speech to the Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB), the group’s chairman criticised the EU but also said Russia’s actions violated World Trade Organisation rules.

Oct 7, 2014

Art, songs – and a few worries – as Putin turns 62

MOSCOW (Reuters) – For a man who has hugged a polar bear, flown with migrating cranes and shot a tiger with a tranquilizer gun, Vladimir Putin celebrated his 62nd birthday unusually quietly on Tuesday.

For the first time in years, the Russian president took the day off on his birthday and retreated to the remote forested taiga in Siberia for a private celebration.

Sep 25, 2014

Russian business fears return to isolation during ‘evil empire’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian businessmen are backing Vladimir Putin over Ukraine but fear the country is being forced down a path toward less democracy, more central control of the economy and isolation that recalls the Soviet “evil empire”.

Like many other business leaders, Vladimir Potanin, one of Russia’s richest men, says Western sanctions and attempts to force the president to change policy risk opening a rift between Moscow and the West that will be difficult to repair.

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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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