News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 13 April 2013.

 

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Opposition activist and founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund, Alexei Navalny, intends to run for president of Russia in the future. Navalny said that his main task was “for the millions of people who live in this country and for whom oil and gas flow from the ground, for them to not live in such poverty and hopeless mediocrity but to have a decent life as in European countries and not worse than Estonians.”

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been greeted by protests in Germany and the Netherlands as he met the leaders of both nations for trade talks.

Hundreds of gay rights activists picketed outside his meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Amsterdam. Earlier, three topless members of Ukrainian women’s group Femen briefly interrupted his visit to a German trade fair with Chancellor Angela Merkel

Source: BBC

President Putin’s visit to the Hannover Messe was an economic success, but  also revealed political disagreements. While German industry celebrated its Russian business partners, Chancellor Merkel condemned recent raids on offices of German NGOs in Russia.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

Donald Tusk, the Polish prime minister, laid flowers at a memorial in Warsaw to the 96 victims of a 2010 plane crash that killed the country’s president and many other public notables. As an indication of the bitterness surrounding the disaster, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a former prime minister and the twin brother of Lech Kaczynski, the president killed in the crash, boycotted the official service. A bitter enemy of the prime minister, Mr Kaczynski maintains his brother was assassinated.

Source: The Telegraph

Russia has granted Serbia a $500 million loan and promised to back Belgrade in its dispute with Kosovo.

Russia’s credit to Serbia, a 10-year loan carrying interest of 3.5 percent, was only half the amount Belgrade was seeking to help restore growth this year after a recession in 2012.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also told his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic, in Moscow on April 10 that Russia would “always support our Serbian friends,” but said a solution to the dispute with Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority must come from Belgrade itself.

Source: RFE/RL

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti has again nominated Vlad Filat for the post of prime minister. Filat’s pro-Western government resigned on March 8, after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament on March 5. The opposition Communists had called for the no-confidence vote amid allegations of corruption in the government.

Source: RFE/RL

In the same week as former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko was given a presidential pardon for health reasons, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says he cannot give a pardon to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko while legal proceedings against her continue. Mrs Tymoshenko has been receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Kharkiv since May 2012.

Source: RFE/RL

Mikhail Beketov, a journalist who reported on Khimki, a quiet Moscow suburb riven by corruption, lawlessness and environmental ruin, died on April 11. He was attacked in 2008 by a gang of men wielding clubs, and left for dead. For two days he lay unconscious in the snowy garden outside his home. “Mikhail Beketov died yesterday. He was killed five years ago,” read a headline in the Russian magazine Snob. Beketov was 55.

Source: The Guardian

As Russia celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the first manned space flight, President Vladimir Putin indicated that he may create a space ministry.

Putin called for Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the space industry, and the rest of the government to discuss the idea of forming a space ministry. “I would ask all Cabinet members to think about whether such a ministry should be created,” Putin said at a meeting dedicated to the development of the space industry in Blagoveshchensk in the Far East region of Amur.

Source: The Moscow Times

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