Russia 100304 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 100304

Basic Political Developments

  • Reuters: U.S. military chief eyes START successor deal soon - "I'm heavily involved right now ... in the negotiations for the follow-on START treaty," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an audience at Kansas State University.

  • Itar-Tass: Chairman of US Chiefs of Staff hopes new START will be signed shortly - A new strategic offensive arms reduction treaty that should replace START-1 may be adopted within weeks, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen said.

  • Itar-Tass: RF, China receive Sextet’s proposals on harsher sanctions against Iran - Russian Permanent Representative to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin said earlier this week that opportunities for the talks with Iran were still open.

  • Itar-Tass: Russian diplomat says talks only way to settle Iran's nuclear pblm - There is no alternative to negotiations as the way of settling the Iranian nuclear problem, the Russian envoy Grigory Berdennikov said Wednesday at a session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency /IAEA/.

  • AP: New Iran sanctions proposal sent to Russia, China

  • RIA: Russia, India to sign $4 billion military technical cooperation contracts - A $2.35-billion contract between Russia's state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Indian Defense Ministry on refitting the INS Vikramaditya (Admiral Gorshkov) and the $1.2-billion contract on delivery of MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters will be signed during Putin's visit to India on March 11-12.

  • RIA: NATO plans military exercises near Russian border - The Baltic Region Training Event training mission will take place over the former Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and will involve French Mirage 2000C, Polish F-16, and Lithuanian L-39 Albatross fighters, along with U.S. aerial tankers.

  • RIA: Cooperation with Russia should become NATO's top priority — report: A report titled The Future of NATO, which provides an expert view of alliance's foreign policies, was issued by the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday.

  • Pravda: Russia To Reduce Tanks from 22,000 to 2,000?

  • Interfax: Investigative Committee may open criminal case into Russian boy death in U.S.

  • Interfax: U.S. adoptive parents of Russian boy will be held liable if found guilty of his death – U.S. ambassador

  • The Moscow Times: Adopted Boy's Death in U.S. Stirs Russian Anger

  • RIA: Russia's Putin to visit Venezuela in March — Chavez

  • Russia-Kazakhstan trade turnover decreases due to crisis – Putin

  • Customs Union session to be held in May in Moscow - The session of the Customs Union at the prime ministers level will be held on May 21, 2010 in Moscow.

  • BusinessWeek: Russian Trade Zone: A Soviet Reunion - A customs union among Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan could boost trade and further the Kremlin's dream of reintegrating the economies of the old Soviet Union

  • RIA: First post-Soviet Abkhazian leader dies after long illness in Moscow

  • Many Russians interested in Azerbaijan - News.Az interviews Pavel Gusev, chairman of the Moscow Journalists’ Union and editor-in-chief of the Moskovski Komsomolets newspaper.

  • Zimbabwe: VP Nkomo Applauds Govt-Russia Ties - The cordial relations between Zimbabwe and Russia must be cherished and sustained by all well-meaning citizens of the two countries, Vice President John Nkomo said yesterday. Addressing delegates during a tour of DTZ-OZGEO Mine just outside Mutare, VP Nkomo described Russia as an "all-weather friend".

  • Itar-Tass: Russian watchdog agency limits meat import from Germany, China, Ukraine

  • RIA: Russian emigrant arrested for illegally transmitting $172 million in U.S. - Victor Kaganov, a resident of the city of Tigard, is accused of carrying out more than 4,200 illegal money transmitting operations on behalf of Russian clients.

  • Itar-Tass: One militant killed, 2 policemen wounded in Dagestan

  • Bloomberg: Yukos Seeks $98 Billion From Russia in Europe Human Rights Case

  • The Other Russia: Ekho Moskvy Bans Song Critical of Lukoil VP

  • RFE/RL: Scandal Erupts Over Fatal Car Crash Involving Russian Oil Executive - WATCH: Russian rapper Noize MC made this video to protest the actions of LUKoil executive Anatoly Barkov and LUKoil itself. Warning: It contains graphic images from the site of the fatal car crash.

  • Spiegel: Medvedev Takes On Putin with Governor Appointment - Dissident Turned Technocrat

  • RFE/RL: Words Mean Things - Yesterday, Russia's most famous tweeter, Dmitry Rogozin (who is also Moscow's ambassador to NATO), issued a series of tweets on the theme of Moscow's so-called "zone of privileged interests."

  • Russia Today: Will Russia disarm private security gunslingers? - Under a new Russian law, all security firms will have to give up the firearms they have been using over the years and no one can tell for sure if they will get them back after the announced inventory check. The reason is simple: with about 750,000 employees, security firms in Russia have become a powerful army which, authorities say, often gets out of control.

  • RFE/RL: Thousands Of Russians Seek Asylum In EU, Ukraine

  • RFE/RL: Russia's Yabloko Party Stages 'Beard' Protest - The demonstrators explained that Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov publicly promised to shave off his beard if the local elections scheduled for March 14 prove to be unfair.

  • RFE/RL: Rally In Siberian City Protests Unpaid Wages, Corruption - Some 100 people staged a protest today in the southern Siberian city of Biisk to air various grievances including unpaid wages, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

  • RIA: Siberian mayor says no to WWII veterans' calls for Stalin monument

  • Russia Profile: The Day of a Woman - Although Russian Women Still Prefer to Assume a Traditional Female Role, Feminist Ideas Are Becoming Ever More Popular in Big Cities

  • Georgian Daily: Regions Seek Revival of Consultative Council of Federal Subject Representatives in Moscow

  • Telegraph: Lufthansa embarrassed after Russian 'Stalingrad' hijack - Lufthansa, the German airline, was left embarrassed after a competition to name a new aeroplane was rigged by Russians who nominated "Stalingrad," the site of one of Nazi Germany's worst defeats.

  • Russia Today: 04 March, 2010 in Russian Newspapers

    • Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Co-authorship with Russia - The UN General Assembly in one day adopted three resolutions which were drafted by Moscow

    • Vedomosti: Editorial: An account of the tears - The tragic death of seven-year-old Vanya Skorobogatov at the hands of his adoptive parents cannot but cause outrage in any normal person.

    • Nezavisimaya: Beijing announced its victory over prices - Gazprom will be forced to fight with the Chinese for its gas price

  • The Moscow Times: Today in Vedomosti

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