Josef Stalin built a massive luxury apartment compound across the river from the Kremlin to both reward and spy on his closest comrades. The one Vladimir Putin built for his clique is smaller and harder to find.
U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan will be “in vain” if forces fail to fight opium production and provide people with alternative economic opportunities, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said today.
Russia expects to join the World Trade Organization later this year without Kazakhstan and Belarus, leaving those two nations to enter at a later time, said Sergei Ivanov, Russia’s deputy prime minister.
Libya risks degenerating into chaos similar to that in Somalia, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov , who didn’t rule out Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi being able to defeat the rebels fighting his forces.
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and his wife, the second-biggest earners among families of Cabinet members, plan to move their assets under Russian jurisdiction to comply with new restrictions.