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Maxim Oreshkin accepts invitation to become Minister of Economic Development

President Vladimir Putin has offered the post of Minister of Economic Development to Maxim Oreshkin who has accepted. He replaces Alexey Ulyukaev who was arrested following allegations that he had […]

Sports Minister becomes new DPM

President Vladimir Putin has appointed his sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, as Deputy Prime Minister. Pavel Kolobkov has been appointed the new Minister of Sports. The announcements as made on the […]

United Russia increases its hold on the State Duma

As expected President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia has substantially increased its majority in the State Duma and across local and regional elections in Sunday’s general election. In the State Duma […]

United Russia expected to win across the board today

Russia is going to the polls today to elect all 450 members of the lower house of parliament or State Duma, 39 of the 85 regional parliaments, 7 of the […]

Parliamentary 2016

An election has been announced for 18 September 2016. Results will be published here.

IMF 2015 Article IV Consultation with the Russian Federation

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with the Russian Federation Press Release No. 15/368 August 3, 2015 On July 29, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary […]

Alexander Tkachev is new Minister of Agriculture

President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Tkachev as the new Minister of Agriculture. He replaces Nikolai Fedorov who has been made a Presidential Adviser. Alexander Nikolayevich Tkachev (Tkachyov) (54) has […]

Russian economic woes continue with downgrade

The Standard and Poor’s headline reads “Russia Foreign Currency Ratings Lowered To ‘BB+/B’; Outlook Negative”. The story behind the headline is that Russia’s credit rating is now at ‘junk’ status […]

Putin delivers annual address to Federal Assembly

President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to the federal Assembly of Russia, often referred to as his State of the Nation address, yesterday. The full text of his speech […]

Ukraine and Russia sign gas deal

Ukraine and the Russian federation have completed negotiations for a new gas deal with the Russian Federation on Thursday. Meanwhile President Petro Poroshenko has backed Arseniy Yatsenyuk to remain on […]

Local elections today

Regional and municipal elections are taking place across the Russian Federation today. A total of 5,800 local elections will take place covering 30 of the 85 governors and 14 regional […]

Putin bans agricultural products from countries imposing sanctions

President Vladimir Putin has signed an Executive Order which places restrictions on the import of agricultural products coming from countries that have imposed economic sanctions against Russia. A list of […]

Downed MH17 triggers international political row

A diplomatic and international political row is growing following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine in an area controlled by Russian separatists. The aircraft, a Malaysian Airlines […]

BRICS establish New Development Bank

In a Communique published on the final day of their three day summit in Brazil the BRICS sixth summit has announced the establishment of a ‘New Development Bank’. The BRICS […]

Economy Minister briefs President on state of the economy

Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has informed President Vladimir Putin that net outflow of private foreign capital was around $80 billion in the first four months of this year. In […]

Putin backs away from open military intervention in Ukraine

Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin, has asked the Russian Parliament to revoke a resolution that would have allowed Russian forces to enter Ukraine. This action looks as though Russia is […]

Transport Strategy of the Russian Federation up to 2030

The Russian government has approved a new Transport Strategy to create a common transport system across the whole of the Russian Federation. The full press release as published on the […]

Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus sign Eurasian Economic Union Treaty

The three Presidents of Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and Belarus met in the Kazakh capital of Astana and signed the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) treaty yesterday, creating a new market with […]

Russia and China sign 30 year gas deal

China and the Russian Federation have signed a 30 year contract for Russia to supply natural gas to China from 2018 onwards. The deal which has been in the making […]

Russia to pay war veterans in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian government to organise a ‘monthly endowment’ for veterans of the ‘Great Patriotic War’ living in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The formal press release […]