It may not have been the Greenpeace protesters’ intent, but there is ample precedent to suggest that the arrest of unarmed civil disobedients who have galvanised the public’s attention rarely works in the interests of the arresting powers. Whether that turns out to be the case here remains uncertain, writes Chris Fleming.
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.
Vietnam welcomes Russia's proposal of placing Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision, as well as related parties' efforts to address the Syrian crisis, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said on Thursday.
Beijing has promised to finance the development of the Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas field, the second-largest in the world. Experts are warning that competition for the Chinese gas market is heating up, and Gazprom should move quickly if it wants to secure a share of that market.
Japan and Russia will hold a first-ever consultation between the two countries on cybersecurity in Moscow in the middle of September to discuss cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports on Friday.
Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo plans to launch its children's clothes in Russia and to double the number of its Moscow stores by the end of the year. Experts point out that the Japanese company is seriously behind its competitors and is entering a new segment of the market at a period of sluggish demand.
The trade volume between China and Russia is expected "to reach no less than $88.1 billion" in 2013 despite the reduction in bilateral trade in the first half of the year, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
Russia has once again offered Japan assistance in dealing with the aftermath of the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. It would appear that this time round Tokyo is ready to accept it. The proposal came in response to Tokyo Electric Power Co's decision to seek outside help, Bloomberg reports.
Russian, Indonesian and South Korean maritime trade unions have agreed to cooperate in resolving the problem of Indonesian sailors being smuggled onto Russian ships to work there illegally. The practice should either be stopped or brought within the pale of the law, according to Nikolay Sukhanov, head of the Far Eastern regional branch of the Russian Sailors' Trade Union.
Russia is planning to improve its image by restoring the status it once had as one of the world's leading jewellery centers in the time of the famous Carl Faberge. This will be one of the themes of the International Jewelry Economic Forum, which will be held in Moscow on September 13, 2013.
The Russian government has authorised the Federal Fisheries Agency to issue certificates for living marine resources being exported from Russia to China and Japan. Business and the expert community welcome the efforts to tackle poaching but point out that in order to achieve specific results, it is necessary to first of all deal with one's own regulators.
Russia is considering China as a possible strategic partner for building a shipyard in the town of Bolshoy Kamen (in Maritime Territory), Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told journalists after a working meeting earlier this week between the co-chairs of the Russian-Chinese commission on preparing regular meetings between the two countries' prime ministers.
In the first six months of 2013, imports of the expensive red king crab into Japan grew fivefold, while imports of one of the cheapest varieties, the spider crab, dropped by 22 per cent. This happened after Russia and Japan signed an agreement on joint measures to tackle fish and shellfish poaching.