Basic Political Developments



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Russia 090511


Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 and is officially observed on May 11 this year.

Basic Political Developments


  • Vladamir Putin to come to Mongolia on May 13

  • On May 13, 2009 Dmitry Medvedev will meet with Wu Bangguo, Chairman of China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, who will be visiting Russia.

  • On May 16, 2009 Dmitry Medvedev will meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who will be in Russia on a working visit.

  • No swine flu cases in Russia – official: The Russian citizen hospitalized on May 8 with the preliminary flu diagnosis has proven to be A/H1N1 negative, a source at the Federal Consumer Rights and Human Well Being Service told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

  • “NATO’s war games in Georgia openly support Saakashvili’s shaky regime” – Interview of Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, with the Japanese information agency Kiodo Cusin, TV and Radio Corporation NHK and the Nihon Keizai newspaper (Nikkei)

    • Japantoday: Putin says conditions not yet met for breakthrough on territorial row

    • Reuters: Putin eyes economic ties, nuclear deal with Japan

    • Energycurrent: Japan backs Russian plans, but will not invest in pipeline

    • Russia-Japan nuclear pact - The pact will pave the way for Tokyo to entrust Moscow with uranium enrichment and allow Japan to export nuclear power plant technology to Russia, Kyodo News said.

    • Putin's Japan visit unlikely to break island stalemate

    • US-Russia reset hurt by NATO war games: Putin

    • Putin Warns Against Arms Race Over N.Korea

    • Vladimir Putin signals he is pondering a presidential comeback in 2012

  • UN to debate how to revive flagging Mideast peace - Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who chairs the 15-member Security Council this month, called the Council meeting to stress the "urgency of reaching comprehensive peace in the Middle East."

  • Shipping company: Russian navy helps repel pirates

  • Russian tanker escapes pirate attack off Somalia - A Russian oil tanker was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday but managed to escape with no casualties or damage, a Russian shipping company said.

  • Dmitriy Medvedev Signs Law on APEC - The act is to shorten the preparation period for the APEC Summit objects erection in Vladivostok

  • Sukhoi says Armenian airline to receive first Superjet 100 soon - The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger airplane will be delivered to Armenia's national airline Armavia, the Russian aircraft maker announced on Monday.

  • Irkutsk governor died in helicopter crash

  • Irkutsk declares day of mourning for governor after copter crash

  • Long-serving deputy governor dimissed - Valery Budagovsky has resigned from his post as Murmansk Deputy Governor. He was one of former governor Yury Yevdikimov's faithful companions.

  • Two organizers of militant raid on Nalchik eliminated in Kabardino-Balkaria

  • Outlaw extremists killed in southern Russia - Extremist Muslim leader Artur (Musa) Mukozhev was among the three men killed Sunday night when their car exploded during a gun battle with law enforcement in the village of Dugulubgey in the Russian Kabardino-Balkaria Republic in the North Caucasus. Mukozhev died along with Marat Guliev and Khasan Sizhazhev when explosives they were carrying detonated. Numerous other weapons were found in their car.

  • University rector arrested, charged for corruption - Rector of the Northern Medical University in Arkhangelsk has been arrested and charged for corruption.

  • May 11 to mark 100 days of service by Patriarch Kirill

  • The Guardian: Gas deal between Turkey and European Union breaks Russian stranglehold

  • Georgiandaily: Putin’s New Energy Price Policy for the FSU Could Transform Russia’s Ties with Region

  • Moscow and Grozny Maintain the Illusion that the War has Ended

  • Russian auto workers may be flashpoint - Confronting the decline of the Russian car market -- which until the global economic crisis had been set to overtake Germany as Europe's biggest -- workers at this factory and others like it are a potential lightning-rod for protest.

National Economic Trends



Business, Energy or Environmental regulations or discussions


  • VTB, Sberbank Loss Forecasts Narrowed at Bank of America-Merrill

  • Magna bid courts Opel unions - "Russia wants to develop its own car industry," said one source knowledgeable about the Russian industry. Magna could be a bridge between Opel and Russia, the source said. Russia has been viewed by Magna for several years as a market with enormous potential… Magna chairman Frank Stronach said at the company's annual meeting last week that he still sees large opportunities in Russia, in part because he is convinced politicians are trying to build a middle class and it's those people who buy vehicles.

Activity in the Oil and Gas sector (including regulatory)



Gazprom


  • CBC: Medvedev: Friend or foe? - Medvedev is president of Russia's fledgling Kontinental Hockey League and does not hide his animosity towards the NHL. He openly encourages NHL players, and in particular Russians, not to honour their NHL contracts and play instead for teams in the KHL.

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Basic Political Developments



Vladamir Putin to come to Mongolia on May 13

http://www.mongolia-web.com/government/2402-vladamir-putin-to-come-to-mongolia-on-may-13-
Monday, 11 May 2009 01:34

Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin will meet with Mongolian officials in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday, May 13.

The visit was initiated by an invitation from Mongolian Prime Minister S.Bayar.

During the visit, both leaders are expected to sign agreements to strengthen bilateral ties.

While in Mongolia, Prime Minister Putin will meet with Mongolian President N.Enkhbayar and Parliament Speaker S.Demberel.

Putin earlier made note of Russia’s desire to develop rail and mining projects with Mongolia. Russian-Mongolian trade grew to over $1 billion in 2008, while Russian imports to Mongolia increased by 61%, according to officials.


http://www.kremlin.ru/eng/text/news/2009/05/216024.shtml



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