Dmitry Medvedev

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Russia Vows to Send Probe to the Moon by 2015

In order to fulfill a long-held national dream of reaching the moon, the head of Roskosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency), Vladimir Popovkin, announced yesterday, January 15. The luna-glob, or ‘moon-globe,’ will be the first thing to be blasted into space from Russia’s new space facility in the Amur region which was built to lessen the […]

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Says Pussy Riot Should Not Be In Jail

In a direct contradiction to Russian President Vladmir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the jailed punk band Pussy Riot should be freed. The members of Pussy Riot,┬áNadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, were sentenced to two years in jail by a Russian court for subversion and ‘hooliganism’ motivated by religious hatred. The case focused […]

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Vladimir Putin Wins Another Six-Year Term as President of the Russian Federation

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, addressing a crowd gathered outside the Kremlin today, declared: “We have gained a clear victory! We won! Glory to Russia!” Opposition groups have called for protests following Prime Minister Putin’s winning more than 60% of the vote in the presidential election. Heightened security was present at polling stations, which is […]

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Election Day Russia 2012

Former President Vladimir Putin, Representing His Party United Russia, is Expected to Handily Win Russia’s Top Elected Office, Succeeding His Heir and Current Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This electoral victory for Vladimir Putin comes as no surprise to Western onlookers as he is expected to easily win reelection back into the presidency given his considerable […]

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Does Private Property Exist in Russia?

Andrei Zaostrovtsev asks this very pointed question in his article for OpenDemocracy.net, “Privatisation, but No Private Property.” After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of the state-owned industries were reorganized and sold off to investors by the state, many of these investors becoming very rich off of their purchase of Soviet capital […]

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U.S. President Barack Obama Lobbies Russia and China Concerning Iran.

      President Barack Obama has lobbied Russian and Chinese leaders, Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Hu Jintao respectively, at the APEC summit in Honolulu yesterday for support in dealing with growing tensions between Israel and Iran over Iran’s advanced nuclear arms program. Russia and China have often been a hindrance to tightening restriction on […]

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Russia’s Plans for Renewed Super Power Status Hampered By Demographics and Economics.

Vladmir Putin will transfer from the Prime Minister’s seat to the President’s in 2012 after current Russian President Medvedev’s term is over. Putin has often been quoted expressing his admiration and nostalgia for Russia’s past, and this has found expression in foreign policy overtures to form both bilateral unions, such as that proposed between Russia […]

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Putin and Medvedev Play Musical Chairs in 2012.

Putin is going to run for Russia’s presidency again in 2012 while Medvedev will assume the premiership if the party wins. Their party, United Russia, will likely win an overwhelming majority in the March 2012 elections. Putin pledged to restore economic growth to the 5-7% range and make Russia’s economy one of the top 5 […]

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