» 05/07/2008, 00.00
Aleksij II blesses new Russian president
Medvedev’s oath as the third head of the Russian Federation is blessed in a function presided by the patriarch of Moscow. The new president talks about further developing the “trust-based” relationship between state and Church. The Kremlin uses the occasion to present itself as the defender of traditional moral values as the Patriarchate carves for itself a special place amongst religions.
Putin’s expected landslide marred by suspected electoral fraud
With 97 per cent of the vote counted, United Russia led by the Russian president wins big with 64.1 per cent of the vote. Four parties will be represented in Russia’s State Duma but only one will be really in the opposition. Turnout is high, reaching 99 per cent in Chechnya, but many international observers denounce illegalities, including a raffle for TVs in some polling stations.
25/08/2008 RUSSIA – GEORGIA
Russian parliament set to vote support for status of Georgian separatist provinces
Senate has unanimously approved independence proposal for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, results from Duma still to come. The vote is non binding for Kremlin decisions, as relations with the West precipitate.
19/04/2006 RUSSIA VATICAN
High-level Vatican delegation in Moscow for religious summit, Catholics free, says nuncio
In an interview with Russian-state news agency Interfax, Mgr Mennini, nuncio in Russia, talks about cooperation with the Orthodox Church. Catholics face no external obstructions in the country.
Government and Kremlin clash over energy sector
The former pro-Putin deputy prime minister, Igor Sechin, founded the "oil club" and returns to take on an institutional role as head of a new commission for oil & gas from the presidency. Analysts: move to weaken Medvedev's government, which should decide all energy policy.
18/06/2009 CHINA – RUSSIA
Beijing and Moscow urge Pyongyang to go back to the negotiating table
Both countries express “serious concern” over escalating tensions in Korea. The economy, currency, trade and bilateral cooperation were discussed during President Hu’s visit. The two powers want to take on greater responsibilities to offset US dominance.
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