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APEC summit consolidates priorities

October 11, 2013 Yaroslava Kiryukhina, RBTH Asia-Pacific

Russia turns its focus to the Asia-Pacific, aiming for greater economic integration in the region

Lawmaking in Russia: tricks of the trade

September 18, 2013 Aleksandr Kolesnichenko, special for RBTH Asia Pacific

Russia's lower house, the State Duma, set a record by its summer recess this year, having passed 261 new bills.

Putin on chocolate adverts in China

September 17, 2013 RBC, translated version

Harbin, it turns out, is called the most Russian city in China for a very good reason - and not just because it was founded exactly 115 years ago by the Russian Engineer Adam Shidlovskiy. One of the shops on the city's Central Street uses a large photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin as an advert. The smiling Russian president graces the main shop sign right at the entrance, visible to every passer-by in the street.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization backs Russia on Syria

September 14, 2013

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, has backed Russia's determination to seek a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria.

Russia, Japan agree 'no winners, no losers' in territorial row

September 6, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Thursday that the solution to the two countries' long-standing island dispute could only be found under the judo principle of hikiwake - "no winner, no loser".

BRICS agrees on $100bn reserve pool funding

September 6, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

A currency reserve fund for the BRICS group of nations - Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa - will be raised from the member countries’ central bank reserves while capital for the group’s development bank will come from national budgets, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Friday.

Putin to save flood-stricken Russian Far East

August 29, 2013 Maksim Glikin, Liliya Biryukova, Aleksey Nikolsky, Vedomosti

President Vladimir Putin is to visit areas of the Russian Far East hit by severe flooding. He has already announced his intention to chair an emergency session in Khabarovsk to discuss the creation of a special government commission for coordinating flood prevention and relief efforts.

Putin, Xi to hold talks in September

August 15, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next month, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said at the ninth round of consultations on strategic security issues with China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

Belarus leader boasts of bigger fish than Putin's

July 31, 2013 Moscow News

"Mine’s bigger than yours." It’s perhaps the starkest manifestation of macho competition known to mankind, and now the president of Belarus appears to be challenging his Russian counterpart to a war of size.

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