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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.

Jakarta’s strong Soviet influence

Jakarta’s strong Soviet influence

October 9, 2013 Ajay Kamalakaran, exclusively for RBTH Asia-Pacific

Being an ardent believer in Socialism, Soekarno was inspired by the Soviet Union. This manifested in a series of large Soviet style monuments and a large sports complex in the city that was used for the 1962 Asian Games. Join RBTH Asia-Pacific as it uncovers the Soviet influence on the Indonesian capital.

China, Russia tiptoe toward cross-border transport infrastructure projects

China, Russia tiptoe toward cross-border transport infrastructure projects

October 8, 2013 Viktor Kuzmin, special to RBTH Asia-Pacific

Russia and China are gradually putting in place the infrastructure required to speed up freight traffic across the border - but there are still bottlenecks in Russia’s own transport system.

Russia's economics minister: Global economy shifts focus to Asia-Pacific region

Russia's economics minister: Global economy shifts focus to Asia-Pacific region

October 8, 2013 RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Tsyganov has spoken to Russian Economic Development Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, who is attending the APEC summit on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Leading Russian sports retailer to enter China via Singapore

Leading Russian sports retailer to enter China via Singapore

October 1, 2013 Yuliya Kalachikhina, RBC Daily

The Russian retailer Sportmaster, which specializes in sports and fitness gear, plans to open its first store in China in 2014. The company will follow the example of Rolls-Royce and BMW by using Singapore as a base for the promotion of its Outventure and Demix brands.

Russian court remands Greenpeace activists in custody

Russian court remands Greenpeace activists in custody

September 28, 2013 Elena Sidorenko, Vzglyad

A Russian court has remanded 22 activists from a Greenpeace ship in custody for two months for allegedly trying to seize an oil platform. Eight others were remanded until Sunday. The activists - who hail from 18 countries, including Australia and New Zealand - are being held pending a "piracy" inquiry. Greenpeace says the activists were staging a legal, peaceful protest.

China intends to pickle Kostroma vegetables and import kvas

China intends to pickle Kostroma vegetables and import kvas

September 27, 2013 Anna Skudayeva, RIA Novosti

A Chinese delegation is holding talks with the administration of Kostroma Region, central Russia, on supplying Russian kvas concentrate to China and on setting up a joint vegetable processing venture, the regional administration has reported.

Russia, South Korea to introduce visa-free travel

Russia, South Korea to introduce visa-free travel

September 19, 2013 RIA Novosti, translated version

Russia is preparing to sign a visa-free travel agreement with South Korea. Tour operators expect an influx of visitors; the business community says the step will stimulate trade; and diplomats predict an improvement in bilateral relations.

Prior captivity causes bears to come to humans for food in Russian Far East

Prior captivity causes bears to come to humans for food in Russian Far East

September 18, 2013

One explanation for the recent increase in reported sightings of bears coming to human dwellings in Russia's Maritime Territory is that these animals used to be captive and therefore have no fear of man.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization backs Russia on Syria

Shanghai Cooperation Organization backs Russia on Syria

September 14, 2013 rbcdaily.ru

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.

Big transport dreams of the Russian Far East

Big transport dreams of the Russian Far East

September 12, 2013 Vadim Pasmurtsev, Igor Mikhaylov, Kommersant

Delegates to the Far East investment congress have concluded that limitations of the region's transport infrastructure hinder the development of its ties with Asian and Asia-Pacific countries.

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