Russia 100222 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 100222

Basic Political Developments

  • Russian FM: Russia supports plans of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in OSCE

  • Russian Foreign Minister to meet Nazarbayev

  • Focus: Traycho Traykov: Bulgaria will use Russian funding for Belene temporarily - Bulgaria will continue talks with Russia on lending some EUR 2 million to back the construction of NPP Belene until a strategic investor is attracted, Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Traycho Traykov told Dnevnik, as quoted by the online English edition of the daily.

  • Standart: Bulgarian-Russian Relations Should Be Dominated by Pragmatism – Interview with foreign minister Nikolay Mladenov

  • Jerusalem Post: ‘S-300 delivery a serious development’ - Russia is sending mixed messages about its pledge to deliver the advanced S-300 anti-missile system to Iran as part of an effort to increase its own influence over the Middle East, Israeli security analysts said on Sunday.

  • Hurriyet: Russia's patience on Iran strained but not snapped

  • Russia Today: Russia has no obstacles for military cooperation with Iran – arms exports chief: Russia’s military equipment is known worldwide, and state arms trading corporation Rosoboronexport is one of the biggest players on the market. RT spoke to its chief about current deals and future trading plans.

  • Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan hold trilateral talks - Iran's Energy Minister Majid Namjou says seven new countries have joined the list of states that have requested to buy electricity from Iran. "There are also trilateral talks with Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia underway, that aim to connect Iran's electricity network to Europe," he added.

  • Ukrainian News: Patriarch Kirill Of Moscow To Attend President-Elect Yanukovych's Inauguration On February 25

  • President of Russia charged Federal Customs Service to work on question of joining of Ukraine of process of formation of Customs Union

  • Wall Street Journal: Ukraine's President-Elect to Visit Moscow - Russian President Medvedev Agreed to Meet Viktor Yanukovych in March, after Challenges to the Election Were Dropped

  • RIA: Russia ready to resume poultry talks with United States next Sunday - Russia's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said Sunday he was ready to discuss U.S. poultry supplies to Russia, suspended from January 1, on February 28.

  • Eurasia Review: Russia Gas Price Hike Shocks Armenians - The company that has a monopoly on selling Russian gas to Armenia has warned it will raise prices for ordinary consumers by 40 per cent in April, sparking anger in the country.

  • Telegraph: Britain angers Kremlin over Chechnya visit - A British parliamentary fact-finding mission to Chechnya has likened the pattern of killings and torture there to 1980s Central America in a damning series of comments certain to infuriate the Kremlin.

  • The News: New protest against prices in Russia - More than 1,500 people took to the streets Sunday in Russia's north to protest living costs -- the first of a new series of challenges to the Kremlin in coming weeks, organizers said.

  • RIA: 4,000-strong opposition rally takes place in Russia's north – Communists

  • RFE/RL: Russian Police Detain Pension Fund Officials In St. Petersburg

  • Kyiv Post: Right activist: Stalin's portraits on Moscow streets 'political provocation'

  • RIA: 400,000 cubic meters of snow removed from Moscow streets in 24 hours

  • New Europe: Anti-missiles vs. the Re-start – by Konstantin Kosachev

  • Businessneweurope: INTERVIEW: Eurasian Development Bank seeks to build funds, links - 2010 is an important year for the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), according to its chairman Igor Finogenov. The EDB plans to grow its investment portfolio by over 50% and take in new members, and is managing the Eurasian Economic Community's (EurAsEC) $10bn anti-crisis fund.

  • RFE/RL: Don’t Expect Miracles From Russia’s ‘Authoritarian Modernization’ - Georgy Satarov on Surkov interview to Vedomosti

  • Russia Profile Weekly Experts Panel: Should Modernization Be Imposed? - Medvedev is no Mikhail Gorbachev, nor even an Alexander II, just another bureaucratic reformer in a long line of such who inevitably fall short before the accumulated obstacles of vested interests, autocracy, despotism, and the absence of the rule of law.

  • Washington Post: In Russia, summer homes have become a cause célèbre - But if property rights are weak in Russia, the outpouring of support for Rechnik has underscored the nation's growing devotion to a particular kind of property, and delivered an unexpected warning to those who call the shots in Vladimir Putin's increasingly authoritarian state: Don't come between Russians and their dachas.

  • BBC: Police battle illegal Russian gamblers - Illegal gambling has spread rapidly across Russia since a new law came into force last July banning casinos and slots machines in towns and cities, according to a senior police officer in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

National Economic Trends

  • Itar-Tass: Putin allocates RUB 5 bln to encourage grain sales from intervention stock

  • Bloomberg: Ruble Bond Sales Poised for Record This Year as Yields Tumble - Domestic corporate bond sales will reach at least 1 trillion rubles ($33 billion), up from 814 billion rubles last year and 533 billion rubles in 2008, according to Trust Investment Bank in Moscow and ING Groep NV, the biggest Dutch financial-services company.

Business, Energy or Environmental regulations or discussions

  • Steel Guru: Crisis protectionism and China hinder Russian companies

  • Bloomberg: Rusal to Increase Aluminum Output as Demand Rebounds (Update2)

  • AFP: Rusal says aluminium output down 11 percent in 2009

  • AFP: Ousted Russian investor wants to help finance Saab

  • Bloomberg: RenCap Hires Merrill’s Sacks to Build African Equities Business

  • Financial Times: RenCap sets up Johannesburg unit to focus on Africa
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