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Russia gets unusually courageous in criticizing European Union
Friday, 17 January 2014 11:43
The situation with human rights protection in the EU is far from being perfect, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a recent report. The report first analyzes general trends in the EU, and then proceeds to problems in separate countries. One can only welcome the unexpected courage of Russia's Foreign Ministry in the criticism of Brussels...
Russia to teach G8 what's what
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:30
On January 1st, 2014, Russia began the presidency in G8 that includes the governments of the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, Russia, USA, France and Japan. What global and domestic interests will Russia advance in this position? Will Moscow be able to do anything given the complex of "autocratic Putin" the West has developed?...
Mikhail Khodorkovsky: how the Yukos tycoon became Russia's richest man
Friday, 20 December 2013 21:33

The former oligarch has been released by Vladimir Putin – and few know how much remains of his $15bn oil fortune

When secret service personnel in black combat fatigues stormed Mikhail Khodorkovsky'sprivate jet at the remote Siberian Tolmachevo airport in 2003, the oil tycoon was said to be worth $15bn (£10bn). By the time he was behind bars and his ...

From Pussy Riot to Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin has been underrated | Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Friday, 20 December 2013 21:30

Before criticising Russia's president, the west should recognise its own history of betrayal towards his country

A very merry Christmas to Pussy Riot, Greenpeace and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, not to say to Vladimir Putin. At his somewhat bizarre annual press conference, with 1,300 journalist waving flags to capture his attention, Putin announced that Kh...

Mikhail Khodorkovsky 'exhausted but happy to be free' after Putin's pardon
Friday, 20 December 2013 20:49

Former oligarch's release and flight to Berlin proceeds like military operation amid rumours and misinformation

Like his arrest in 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's release was akin to a military operation. Then, masked special forces stormed his private jet as it stood refuelling on the tarmac at a Siberian airport. On Friday, he walked free, but his...

​Portuguese court ruling puts bailout exit at risk
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:51
Published time: December 20, 2013 18:51

Pensioners shout during an anti-austerity protest in Lisbon (Reuters / Hugo Correia)

A court in Portugal has rejected a plan to save an estimated 388 million euro next year through pension cuts. It could become a major stumbling...

Putin, Czar of Mercy, takes West by surprise
Friday, 20 December 2013 10:56
Most Western publications link Putin's decision to release Khodorkovsky with the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. The Russian president, foreign newspapers write, allegedly wants to improve the image of the country, in which, as some believe, human rights are routinely violated. After a successful year in politics, Putin is willing to take risks...
Vladimir Putin sums up results of 2013 in 9th press conference
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:42
A week after the Russian president delivered his message to the Federal Assembly, the annual (the ninth) "big" televised press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin started at the International Trade Center on December 19. The event began with a slight delay. Putin arrived in the hall only at 12:09 p.m....
Russian Iskanders show true colors of the United States
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:03
U.S. officials expressed their concern with the deployment of tactical missile complex Iskander-M in the Kaliningrad enclave, which may destabilize the situation in the region. The entire territory of Poland and Berlin were in the missiles range. Meanwhile, the Americans refuse to sign any legal documents regarding the European missile defense...
Antibiotics to kill Russia's organic hopes?
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 17:23
The organic potential of Russia, which economists have been glorifying during the outgoing year, saying that Russia may become the world's major supplier of organic products, has been blown away. The market was conquered by the GMO industry that suddenly found support in the Russian government. Farmers already sound the alarm...
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