Navalny faces new fraud charges
Friday, 14 December 2012 09:26
Alexei Navalny. File photoAlexei Navalny is one of Russia's most influential opposition leaders

Alexei Navalny has been charged with fraud and money laundering - the second criminal case against Russia's prominent opposition leader.

He and his brother Oleg are accused of embezzling 55m roubles (£1.1m; $1.8m) in ...

 
Jan Fischer's bid for the presidency
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:10

PREVIOUSLY the choice of insiders, Jan Fischer (pictured above) has been the frontrunner to succeed Václav Klaus as Czech president since a constitutional change earlier this year shifted the election to a direct popular vote. The basis of Mr Fischer’s campaign is public distaste for cloak and dagger politics.

His argument is strong. He was a...

 
Renault-Nissan to take over Russia’s Avtovaz by 2014
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:04
(RIA Novosti / Aleksey Babushkin)

(RIA Novosti / Aleksey Babushkin)

Renault-Nissan and the state run Russian Technologies corporation have signed an agreement to create a joint venture that will get a majority stake in Russian car maker Avtovaz.

­The new joint venture has been named Alliance Rostec Auto BV. Under the terms of the deal, the Franco-Japanese alliance will invest $742 ...

 
Vladimir Putin warns foreigners not to intervene in Russian politics
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:36

Russian president uses speech to attack 'meddling' in domestic affairs

Vladimir Putin has warned against foreign meddling in Russia's politics in a speech designed to spell out his priorities for the year ahead.

"Direct or indirect meddling in our domestic politics is unacceptable," Putin told a gathering of around 1,000 politicians in the Kremlin's...

 
India probes Wal-Mart lobbying practices
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:51
India probes Wal-Mart lobbying practices

A municipal worker pours water on saplings near to a newly opened Bharti Wal-Mart Best Price Modern wholesale store in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. (Reuters / Krishnendu / Halder)

The Indian government opened a probe into Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after a report the retailer had lobbied US lawmakers to help gain access to foreign markets.

­Wal-...

 
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