Journalist held in Syria faces execution by her kidnappers
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:17

The captors of a journalist in Syria are threatening to execute her tomorrow (13 December) unless their demands for a $50m ransom are met.

Anhar Kochneva, a reporter with Russian and Ukrainian dual nationality, was kidnapped by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) near the city of Homs at the beginning of October. She was said to be on assignment for several...

Russia needs a free market economy, rather than capitalism – Putin
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:17

Russia needs a free market economy, rather than capitalism – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly at the Kremlin's St. George Hall on December 12, 2012. (RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko)

Russia needs to develop a free market economy based on industry and middle size business as the growth potential of a resource based economy is exhausted, President...

Clear victory, uncertain future
Monday, 10 December 2012 19:39

THE result of Romania’s parliamentary elections on December 9th was as expected: the Social Liberal ruling alliance (USL) scored a clear victory. This means that Victor Ponta, the prime minister, is likely to be re-appointed to his job. And the bitter trench warfare between Traian Basescu, the president, and Mr Ponta will probably continue,...

Not a success story yet
Monday, 10 December 2012 13:56

MOLDOVA is an increasingly popular destination for European leaders. And it’s not just because of the wine. In August Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, visited Moldova. At the end of November, José Manuel Barroso (pictured on the left), president of the European Commission, made his first visit to Chisinau.

“My visit to Moldova was long o...

Sound and fury
Sunday, 09 December 2012 11:19

ALL THAT is needed is the signature of President Barack Obama. Then the "Magnitsky list" will be law. It will ban from the United States those associated with the death of the Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and the $230m fraud he uncovered, and freeze their assets. On December 6 the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 92-4; the House of...

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