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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

Moscow and Tokyo: a long way towards World War II peace treaty

Moscow and Tokyo: a long way towards World War II peace treaty

October 11, 2013 Expert.ru

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit, held on October 7-8 in Bali, Indonesia.

Russia-South Korea: Waiting for long overdue investment boom

Russia-South Korea: Waiting for long overdue investment boom

September 24, 2013 Aleksandr Fedorovsky, russiancouncil.ru

Against the boom in Russian–South Korean trade in the 2000s, bilateral investment comes across as a slow and an extremely imbalanced area of cooperation between the two countries.

APEC summit: USA to propose supply chain fund for the region

APEC summit: USA to propose supply chain fund for the region

September 20, 2013

At the APEC summit in Bali on 7-8 October, the United States will propose creating a dedicated supply chain fund for the Asia-Pacific region, Robert Wang, US Senior Official for APEC, announced at a meeting with journalists in Washington on Wednesday.

Russian regional set-up: federal but hyper-centralised

Russian regional set-up: federal but hyper-centralised

September 18, 2013 Lyudmila Nazdracheva, special to RBTH Asia Pacific

Australia’s federal system is pretty straightforward in comparison to Russia’s. Inherited from Soviet Union structures, which were highly integrated, the Russian Federation has no less than 83 regional jurisdictions.

Putin appoints new minister for flood-stricken Far East

Putin appoints new minister for flood-stricken Far East

September 12, 2013 Gleb Fedorov, Combined report

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Galushka as Russian minister for the development of the Far East, the Kremlin press service has reported.

Cabinet sets up new bodies to deal with Far East floods

Cabinet sets up new bodies to deal with Far East floods

September 5, 2013 Svetlana Mentyukova, Petr Netreba, Kommersant

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced the Cabinet's decision to set up several new government commissions to oversee efforts to address various problems facing the Russian Far East.

Russia expects UN to support its Sea of Okhotsk shelf claim in early 2014

Russia expects UN to support its Sea of Okhotsk shelf claim in early 2014

August 21, 2013 RIA Novosti

Moscow expects the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) to decide on the Russian claim to the Sea of Okhotsk shelf in the first half of 2014, Denis Khramov, Russian deputy minister of natural resources and ecology, told RIA Novosti news agency.

Japan, Russia launch territorial row talks in Moscow

Japan, Russia launch territorial row talks in Moscow

August 20, 2013 RIA Novosti, translated version

Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama held a meeting in Moscow on Monday. The two sides discussed bilateral and international cooperation, including the issue of a peace treaty and prospects for expanding economic cooperation.

Russia resubmits Sea of Okhotsk shelf claim

Russia resubmits Sea of Okhotsk shelf claim

August 19, 2013 Alexander Gasyuk, Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The Russian delegation to the UN formally submitted a claim to the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk on 16 August. The shelf, measuring 56,000 sq.km., is of strategic importance to Moscow and may be officially recognized as part of Russian territory next spring.

Why is Russia paying for Chinese aerobatic performance?

Why is Russia paying for Chinese aerobatic performance?

August 16, 2013 Gleb Fedorov, RBTH Asia Pacific

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has rejected concerns about Russia paying the costs of the performance by a Chinese aerobatic team called "August 1st" at the upcoming MAKS-2013 airshow in Moscow.

Vietnam's MoD welcomes Russia to use Cam Ranh Air Base

Vietnam's MoD welcomes Russia to use Cam Ranh Air Base

August 8, 2013 ITAR-TASS

The Vietnamese minister of defence, Army General Phung Quang Thanh, says Vietnam intends to run the former Soviet naval base in Cam Ranh as a commercial operation offering its services to merchant and navy ships from all over the world, including Russia

China's friendship with Belarus threatens Russian interests

China's friendship with Belarus threatens Russian interests

July 30, 2013 Tatyana Kudashkina, special to RBTH Asia Pacific

Beijing's plan to build a China-Belarus industrial park outside Minsk may drive a wedge between the neighbouring Customs Union members, experts warn

Russian economists sceptical of Medvedev's move to

Russian economists sceptical of Medvedev's move to "police" state companies

July 24, 2013 Gleb Fedorov, RBTH Asia Pacific

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an instruction ordering the top management of 29 leading state corporations to account for their income and spending.

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