As Russia’s economy loses steam, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has made an official excuse for the slowdown, saying the contracting EU and US are largely to blame. He says Russia should now build an "intelligent" state focusing on value in the workforce.
After the Georgian army launched a full-scale attack on the capital of South Ossetia in August 2008, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered Russian troops to intervene, the hardest decision of both his political career and life.
The Facebook page of the premier of the Russian government has reached the landmark of 1 million ‘likes.' Dmitry Medvedev said the result is due to Russians' genuine interest in the work of their government.
Russia cannot see NATO expansion towards its borders as positive, as under certain circumstances the possibility of military confrontation remains, the Russian PM has said at the Euro-Arctic Council’s forum.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he was “unconcerned” by persistent rumors that his government will be dismissed amid slowing economic growth and a failure to implement Vladimir Putin’s pre-election promises.
State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, commenting on gossip about the possible dissolution of the government, has noted that the issue was not considered in April, when the Cabinet delivered its annual performance report to the lower house.
Aleksey Kudrin, addressing the State Duma, stated that the development of Russia’s political system is "lagging behind the challenges of the time and doesn’t provide the mechanisms to build up the country's modernization."
A helipad has been built in Moscow’s Kremlin for President Vladimir Putin to commute to his office by air. The move comes amid growing public criticism of the presidential motorcade disrupting the capital’s already notoriously heavy traffic.
23 Russian citizens have made it into the Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the world’s 500 most powerful people. Dominated by leaders in politics and business, there’s also one military official and one mafia boss in the rankings.
Many Russian businessmen and state officials’ offshore finances will be forced out of hiding after the government opted for more transparency, while the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists releases reports on offshore tax haven accounts.
Russia’s Supreme Court has refused to cancel year-round 'summer time' in Russia, dismissing a petition by a number of public organizations to invalidate a government decree that had annulled the use of Daylight Savings Time in 2011.