Russian President Vladimir Putin’s changing attitude toward two giant government-led high-tech projects sends a troubling message about his third term in office: Maintaining power is more important than modernizing the economy.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to keep Vladislav Surkov in his current position of Deputy Prime Minister and name him to the post of Chief of Staff, Kommersant reported, citing two unidentified people close to the government.
Vladislav Surkov, who oversaw Russian domestic politics as first deputy head of the Kremlin administration, was moved to the Cabinet to take charge of modernization, an issue championed by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s third- richest man, is jeopardizing his investments by accusing the Kremlin of orchestrating a “hostile takeover” of his political party before national elections, analysts said.
Russia needs a new liberal party to accommodate “annoyed” Moscow residents, the Kremlin’s first deputy chief of staff said after thousands of people protested parliamentary election results last night in the city.
Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov plans to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency in March elections after the biggest anti-government demonstrations in a decade emboldened Russia’s opposition.
Russia's leaders have unveiled a new government that is notable in the absence of one prominent figure: Igor Sechin, the dark lord responsible for dismantling the oil empire of oligarch-turned-prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
President Barack Obama will nominate Michael McFaul , the director of Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia, said an administration official who requested anonymity because the nomination hasn’t been formally announced.
The protest movement, born from outrage over apparently manipulated parliamentary elections earlier this month, has gained both momentum and magnitude across Russia. The ruling tandem is taking note and, without admitting it, making concessions.