The 'Pirates' of Prirazlomnaya

The 'Pirates' of Prirazlomnaya

October 11, 2013 Chris Fleming, special to RBTH Asia-Pacific

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.

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.

Syria crisis: Vietnam welcomes Russia's chemical weapons proposal

September 13, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

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.

Chinese gas market slipping away from Gazprom

Chinese gas market slipping away from Gazprom

September 6, 2013 Aleksey Topalov, Gazeta.ru

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.

Tokyo, Moscow to hold first cybersecurity consultation

August 30, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

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.

Belated arrival: Uniqlo to debut childrenswear line in Russia

Belated arrival: Uniqlo to debut childrenswear line in Russia

August 28, 2013 Viktor Kuzmin, special for RBTH Asia Pacific

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.

Russia-China trade to exceed $88bn - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister

August 27, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

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 offers to help clean up Fukushima radiation

Russia offers to help clean up Fukushima radiation

August 27, 2013 BFM.ru

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, Asian sailors’ unions combat illegal recruitment

Russian, Asian sailors’ unions combat illegal recruitment

August 26, 2013 Aleksey Demin, RIA Novosti

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.

How can the jewellery industry help improve Russia's image?

How can the jewellery industry help improve Russia's image?

August 26, 2013 Marina Obrazkova, RBTH Asia Pacific

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.

Russia battles poachers with seafood certificates

Russia battles poachers with seafood certificates

August 23, 2013 Kseniya Pisareva, Kommersant

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.

Who to build shipyard with: Russia is choosing between China and Korea

Who to build shipyard with: Russia is choosing between China and Korea

August 23, 2013 Fedor Zhirov, ITAR-TASS

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.

Japan accuses Russia of intrusion, scrambles jets

August 22, 2013 RBTH Asia Pacific

Two Russian bombers have violated Japanese airspace near its major southern island of Kyushu on Thursday, prompting Tokyo to scramble its own F-2 combat jets and lodge a protest, reports say.

Russian-Japanese agreement pushes crab poaching up

Russian-Japanese agreement pushes crab poaching up

August 22, 2013 Svetlana Mentyukova, Kommersant

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.

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