Yesterday Arseniy Yatsenyuk declared to deputies of the Verkhovna Rada that he was resigning from the post of prime minister of Ukraine in connection with the disintegration of the coalition and the blocking of governmental initiatives. …
Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center for Political Information, comments on the priorities which were set out by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a session of the Russian Security Council. According to the expert, at the moment Russia is entering into interesting, but risky relations with the West.
Gazprom (Russia) and CNPC (China) have signed a gas contract today worth $400 billion for 30 years. According to the document, Russia will sell gas to China using the eastern route. Gazprom head Alexey Miller has not named the price for gas. Gazprom shares increased in price by 0.9% at 1.37pm, and by 2.4% compared with their value before the news. The MCSE index of Gazprom increased by only 0.01%.
Petr Poroshenko, a candidate for president of Ukraine, promised to start his work at the president’s office with efforts to move towards integration into the European Union. He assured that Ukraine will start receiving gas from Slovakia in October and become independent from Russian gas in 2015.
The ongoing crisis in Crimea has caused a vehement dispute between the Russian authorities and European officials. Vestnik Kavkaza discussed the situation surrounding the Ukrainian crisis with Director of the Political Information Centre Alexey Mukhin.
Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Victor Yanukovych concluded talks in Moscow yesterday. Ukraine got a 30% discount for gas, as well as a Kremlin pledge to purchase Ukrainian government bonds worth $15 billion. Alexey Mukhin, Director of the Center for Political Information, believes that Ukraine won some time and that Russia helped it save face by keeping the Customs Union off the agenda.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will bring his annual message to the Federal Assembly tomorrow, marking the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. He will round up 2013 and name goals of the upcoming year.
66% of Russians expect terrorist attacks similar to the recent Volgograd blast in large cities in the country, say social polls of the Levada Center. 15% have no such expectations, 19% gave no answer. 71% of people questioned were afraid that they or their relatives could become victims of terrorist attacks. Only 9% of people feel fully secure, compared with 14% in September 2012. 18% of Russians questioned in 2012 said that they preferred not to think about it. The Levada Center questioned 1603 people in 45 regions in late October.
Oleg Matveychev, a professor of the Higher School of Economics in Russia, emphasized that November 4, the Unity Day of Russia, could not consolidate ethnicities in Russia. He reminded that communists continued calling the day artificial and replacing November 7, nationalists using it for their own good and liberals criticizing nationalistic marches.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the most powerful man in the world by the Forbes magazine. Vestnik Kavkaza discussed the editorial board's decision with diplomat Pyotr Stegny, political analyst Alexey Mukhin and journalist Maksim Shevchenko.
The terrorist attack on a bus in Volgorad launched by the 30-year-old wife of a Dagestani militant has been discussed by the head of the Centre for Political Information Alexey Mukhin, member of the Moscow City Duma's Committee for Security Sergey Goncharov, expert in transport security Vasily Aksyonov and other specialists.
Alexey Mukhin, Director of the Center for Political Information, has commented on 5 years of probation for Russian oppositionist Alexey Navalny announced by the Kirov Regional Court over the Kirovles case. He expressed confidence that Navalny will try to make as much use of the sentence as possible. The oppositionist may benefit from having crime records as an excuse for certain political failures.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Vladimir Vladimirov, Deputy Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, that he has been appointed Governor of Stavropol Territory, replacing Governor Valery Zerenkov.
Alexey Mukhin, Director of the Center for Political Information, noted that the Valdai Discussion Club concluding its 10th session in the Novgorod Region yesterday was a very high-ranking meeting. Many experts of the US, Europe and Russia participated in the talks.
RIA Novosti is hosting a round-table conference in Moscow today to discuss five years that have passed since the Five-Day War in South Ossetia. Experts will discuss the past events and prospects of relations between Georgia, a state that will have presidential polls in October, Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
RIA Novosti is hosting a round-table conference to discuss prospects of candidates for Moscow mayor. According to the VCIOM polling center, 54% of people questioned will vote for acting Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, oppositionist Alexey Navalny 9%, CPRF candidate Ivan Melnikov 2-4%. Accusations against Navalny over the Kirovles case increased his popularity from 71% to 80%.