Articles by Anna Smolchenko



Putin Tacks Provison on G20 Pledge

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that the country’s commitment to help stem the effects of the global financial crisis shouldnt be met at the expense of its national interests.

Crisis Offers Chance to Revisit Privatizations

When the liquidity crunch recently put the squeeze on NPO Saturn, which is developing the engine for the long-awaited Superjet, the company turned to state-owned Vneshekonombank for help.

Berlusconi Blunder Steals the Show

Agreements on cooperation to revive Italy's nuclear sector and give LUKoil a foothold in the European refining sector topped a slew of deals signed Thursday, overseen by President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Hawkish Bread on A Liberal Sandwich

  • 06 November 08
  • Staff Writers
President Dmitry Medvedev's first state-of-the-nation speech might be best described as a club sandwich.
Rather than sending out a straightforward message, Medvedev offered some liberal reformist proposals -- juicily sandwiched between layers of hawkish threats and announcements.

Medvedev Catches Listeners Off Guard

President Dmitry Medvedevs speech on Wednesday appeared to catch many of those in attendance by surprise, and they hurried past reporters to leave the Kremlin after it was over.

Gadhafi Pitches Tent Ahead of Talks

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi opened his first visit to post-Soviet Russia on Friday with a dinner at President Dmitry Medvedevs residence outside Moscow, after setting up his own traveling residence, a Bedouin tent, inside the Kremlin walls, Kremlin officials said.

Shuvalov Says No Need to Fear State

In a new state drive to soothe investors, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Monday that the government would not use the financial turmoil to change economic policy or nationalize large swathes of the economy.

Crazy News Replaces NTV's Nightly News

Television viewers who tuned in to NTV on a recent Monday were in for a surprise.

Foreign Investors Praise Putin

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told foreign investors Monday that Russia hadnt been caught off guard by the crisis, unlike the West, and the investors praised the government, saying they had faith in the local market.

Russia in No Rush For Crisis Summit

The Kremlin signaled Sunday that it was in no hurry to confirm its participation in an international summit called by U.S. and EU leaders to tackle the global financial crisis over the weekend.

Bailout Funds to Be Paid Out Next Week

The government said Thursday that it would begin distributing money from a multibillion-dollar bailout early next week to help the country's real economy weather the global credit crunch.

Kozak Named Olympics Minister

  • 15 October 08
  • Staff Writers
Kozak will oversee preparations for the 2014 games in Sochi in his new post as deputy prime minister.

Putin Says Aid Must Reach Real Economy

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday called on the government to make sure companies receive financial aid that is being earmarked for them, addressing concerns that the money may not reach its intended recipients quickly enough, or at all.

Economic Crisis Will Not Be Televised

As a wave of grim news swept in from global markets Monday, the MICEX halted trading a record three times, while the RTS shut down twice. The day still ended in a bloodbath, with both indexes plummeting about 19 percent.

Early Promise in Ukraine Gas Talks

  • 03 October 08
  • Staff Writers
Russia and Ukraine reached a preliminary agreement Thursday night on a gradual rise in gas prices over the next three years, in talks overshadowed by political infighting in Kiev and Ukraines support of Georgia in its August war with Russia.

Medvedev Soldiers On in Corruption Battle

Despite the recent conflict with Georgia, his attention remains focused on the problem of graft, the president says.

$90Bln Gas Deal Signed With Seoul

Moscow and Seoul on Monday signed a deal to send Siberian gas to South Korea, an estimated $90 billion project that both nations said would help prop up the North Korean economy.

Independent-Minded Abkhaz Look for Hero

On Freedom Square, in front of a gutted high rise that once housed the seat of government, stands an empty pedestal flanked on both sides by well-manicured shrubs.

Yevroset Ensnared in 2 Investigations

  • 04 September 08
  • Staff Writers
Yevroset faced twin criminal investigations Wednesday, in what an industry source and analysts said appeared to be an attempt to undermine the possible sale of a stake in the country's largest mobile phone retailer.

Kremlin Makes Its Case With Tskhinvali Tour

Under the standards of information warfare, it was an easy job by all accounts.

Medvedev Heads East Looking for Support

Russia will be looking for unambiguous support from Asian nations, including China, in its standoff with the West over South Ossetia and Abkhazia when the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meets Thursday in Dushanbe.

Putin Eyes Retreat On WTO Accords

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia should abandon some of the commitments it made during World Trade Organization accession talks.

Moscow Dismisses Economic Threats

Attempts to isolate and punish Russia for its military actions in Georgia will backfire, given Russia's economic muscle and key role in mediating international disputes, senior Russian officials said Friday.

Syrian Arms Talk Likely to Rile West

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might be hoping to capitalize on Moscows current diplomatic isolation to expand military cooperation with Russia as he meets with President Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi on Thursday.

Medvedev Vies With Putin in Word War

  • 19 August 08
  • Staff Writers
President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday made a surprise visit to Vladikavkaz, near the border with South Ossetia, to commend soldiers on their valor during the conflict with Georgia and promise them a better future.

Western Leaders Pump Up Rhetoric

  • 18 August 08
  • Staff Writers
Western diplomatic efforts to resolve a crisis between Russia and Georgia took on a sharper edge over the weekend, as Russian soldiers remained deployed in Georgia despite the signing of a truce.

Energy Partnership Focus for Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave the go-ahead for expanded operations by Russian oil companies and called for an energy alliance with Moscow during an appearance with President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday, but he saved a personal invitation to visit Caracas for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Presidium Backs Drunk-Driving Bill

In an effort to curb mayhem on the country's roads, the Presidium on Monday approved a bill that would stiffen punishments for drunk drivers who cause accidents.

Napolitano Backs New Security Pact

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday praised Russian proposals for new broad security framework for Europe, saying he would promote the idea within the European Union, in the warmest response so far from a Western politician to the Kremlin's overtures.

Medvedev Voices Distress Over U.S. Shield

President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia was distressed by a U.S. deal to place parts of a missile-defense shield in the Czech Republic and promised to respond with concrete steps.