Putin critic charged with fraud
Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:54
Putin critic charged with fraudAlexei Navalny is one of the best-known opposition leaders in Russia

Investigators in Russia have formally charged leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg with fraud and money-laundering.

The charges were published on Thursday on the website of the powerful...

Putin backs ban on US adoptions
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:08
Putin backs ban on US adoptionsPresident Putin said the US should address violations in its own legal system

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended a ban on Americans adopting Russian children, which has been proposed by the Russian parliament.

He said the bill, a response to the US Magnitsky Act which bars...

Russian authorities consider ending Gazprom export monopoly
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:07
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi

RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi

Russian gas major Gazprom could lose its status of an export monopoly as Russian authorities have reportedly backed the idea to allow independent energy firms to sell LNG abroad.

The country’s Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) approved t...

Daily Mail celebrates a double campaigning victory
Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:59

It might have been expected that the Daily Mail would splash today on the Pollard report into the BBC's Jimmy Savile embarrassment. But newspapers love nothing better than winning campaigns.

And to obtain success in two of them on the same today was too good an opportunity for the Mail to overlook. So its front page carried a single-word headline,...

Putin: 'USA's get-out attitude to Russia unacceptable'
Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin started his large press conference at midday, December 20th. The conference brought together more than 1,200 Russian and foreign journalists.

The head of state started with statistics. According to him, the growth of GDP in January-October of this year made up 3.7 percent. According to Vladimir Putin, this is a good...

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