$17bn warheads to watts program nears its end

$17bn warheads to watts program nears its end

December 4, 2013 Alexander Yemelyanenkov, special to RBTH Asia Pacific

Soviet-era nuclear warheads were decommissioned and dismantled under the START and START II treaties. The uranium is used to generate 10 per cent of US electricity. The process begun in the 1990s of reducing the Cold War's stockpile of nuclear arms has had many benefits – one of them providing fuel for US power plants.

Russian opposition leaders defy the odds to spring poll surprise

Russian opposition leaders defy the odds to spring poll surprise

November 6, 2013 Aleksandr Kolesnichenko, special to RBTH Asia-Pacific

A couple of notable opposition figures made an unexpected impact in the September round of elections in Russia – the largest in the country's post-Soviet history

G20: From Russia to Oz

G20: From Russia to Oz

November 6, 2013 Vladimir Morozov, exclusively for RBTH Asia-Pacific

This year Russia passes the baton of the G20 presidency to Australia. What are the achievements with which we are approaching this after the G20 Summit that took place September 5 to 6 this year in St Petersburg?

China reaps spoils of potash row and has say on prices

China reaps spoils of potash row and has say on prices

October 28, 2013 Mikhail Volkov, special to RBTH Asia-Pacific

As the row between Uralkali and Belaruskali simmers and the relaunch of their potash cartel hangs in limbo, the only party smiling is China. Indeed, the Chinese have emerged as the big winners from the dispute.

Bringing the spirit of Systema to Hong Kong

Bringing the spirit of Systema to Hong Kong

October 21, 2013 Olga Kozlova, special to RBTH Asia-Pacific

The Systema martial arts school in Hong Kong conducts its classes in a nondescript building in Tai Kok Tsui. This might as well be a concealed trial of person’s humility - one of the important goals of personal development, according to the School’s philosophy.

Russian oil giant, pipeline operator settle row over exports to China

Russian oil giant, pipeline operator settle row over exports to China

October 14, 2013 Anna Solodovnikova, Kommersant

The Russian oil giant Rosneft and the pipeline operator Transneft have settled their dispute over who should finance the extra pipeline capacity required for additional oil exports to China. The two companies have signed an agreement under which the Russian pipeline monopoly will shoulder the bulk of the costs.

Russian Far East to ramp up coal exports to Asia

Russian Far East to ramp up coal exports to Asia

October 14, 2013 Aleksandra Terentyeva, Vedomosti.ru

The Russian industrial conglomerate IST and Oleg Misevra, former chief of the Siberian Coal Energy Company, have merged their coal mining assets. The new joint venture is called the Eastern Mining Company, according to an IST press release.

Russian oil giant, pipeline operator row over exports to China

Russian oil giant, pipeline operator row over exports to China

October 14, 2013 Timofey Dzyadko, Vedomosti.ru

The conflict over additional oil exports to China between the Russian oil giant Rosneft and the pipeline operator Transneft continues unabated. Transneft is now threatening to cut off the transit of crude unless Rosneft signs the necessary contracts for transit services.

Russia's Volga Federal District courting Chinese investors

Russia's Volga Federal District courting Chinese investors

October 13, 2013 Alexandra Vikulova and Elizaveta Zubakina, Kommersant

The regions constituting Russia's Volga Federal District have presented over 100 business projects to potential Chinese investors based in the Yangtze River region. The presentation was held as part of a 9 October meeting in Nizhny Novgorod, organised under the auspices of the Russian president's plenipotentiary in the Volga Federal District.

Report: China illegally logs 80 per cent of Russian hardwood

Report: China illegally logs 80 per cent of Russian hardwood

October 13, 2013 Vedomosti.ru

Booming Chinese and US demand for Russian wood is prompting Chinese sawmills to habitually bribe Russian officials to overlook illegal logging, an international environmental watchdog has established.

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