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On 15 December, the district court in Moscow found Alexey Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister for economic development, guilty of accepting a bribe of US$2 million.
Vladimir Putin visited Cairo on 11 December. The main effect of the visit was the signing of four contracts linked to the construction of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant.
On 28 November, President Vladimir Putin announced the implementation of a programme for assistance to families.
Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian senator (representing Dagestan) and billionaire, was arrested on 20 November at Nice airport.
On 22 November the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hasan Rouhani, met in Sochi.
The official discourse accompanying the anniversary of the October Revolution reveals the Russian ruling elite’s ambivalence about the events of 1917.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia paid an official visit to Moscow on 4th-7th October. During the visit he met President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
On 27 September, the legal service of the Council of the EU issued a legal opinion on the EC’s proposal to the EU Council for permission to start negotiations with Russia.
On 8th September Glencore and Qatar Investment Fund announced that China’s CEFC would shortly finalise a transaction to buy 14.16% of shares in Rosneft.
In the first days of September, Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov spoke in defence of the persecuted Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar several times.