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Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża
The departure of Russia’s most influential regional leader ends the process which the current ruling elite had undertaken of replacing the regional elites, and more broadly, dismantling the structures which had been left over from the…
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On 28 September, President Dmitri Medvedev signed a law to create an innovation centre at Skolkovo near Moscow. In accordance with the law’s guidelines, a legal-economic enclave supporting research and development in economic fields…
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On 23 September, the Russian government accepted the plan for the 2011 budget, as well as the main outlines for budgets for 2012 and 2013. In accordance with these plans, the budget deficit will be maintained over the next three years…
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On 23 September, the Russian government confirmed an improvement in the quality of Moldovan wines exported to Russia, and increased the number of Moldovan wine producers permitted onto the Russian market; it also opened a second…
Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska
Having concluded the agreement with Norway, Russia’s position in negotiations over the division of the Arctic and in the discussion on European security may be strengthened.
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On 10-12 September, the three biggest Russian TV stations broadcast programs embarrassing to the mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov. The attack on the mayor by state-controlled television may demonstrate that a part of the ruling elite is…
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On 9 September Gazprom revised its budget for the year 2010. Despite pessimistic forecasts for its income (compared to the initial plans, the predicted fall will reach around 4% this year), the monopolist intends to increase its…
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On 2 September, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced the extension of the ban on exporting cereal from Russia until at least September 2011; furthermore, the introduction of preferential rail tariffs to transport cereal to regions…
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On 3 September, the deputy head of Gazprom, Andrei Kruglov, stated that from next year the price of gas for Belarus, Moldova and Armenia will be raised to European levels. If this comes about, this would be the final stage in the…
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On 5 September in Baku, Gazprom signed an agreement under which the Russian monopoly will increase its purchases from Azerbaijan from 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2010 to 2 bcm of gas in 2011. This agreement, which is not…