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Analyses | | Wojciech Górecki

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Grigory Karasin, and the Special Representative for Relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, met for talks on 14 December in Geneva. These have been the first direct official talks between…

Analyses | | Katarzyna Chawryło Jarzyńska

On 15 December anti-government rallies were held in Moscow and several other towns in Russia. They were organised on the anniversary of last year's protests against the rigging of the parliamentary elections. The largest gathering in…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Moscow has reacted sharply to the US Senate’s adoption on 6 December of the 'Magnitsky Act', which imposes visa and financial sanctions against Russian government officials involved in the investigation against the lawyer Sergei…

Analyses | | Ewa Fischer

On 29 November, the Federation Council passed the federal budget for  2013 and the period from 2014-2015, on the basis of the Ministry of Economic Development’s plan for the socio-economic development of the Russian Federation to 2020,…

Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński, Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga

On 22 November, the head of the Russian company Gazprom. Aleksei Miller, paid a visit to Belarus. He opened the upgraded Zapadnaya gas distribution station in Minsk and met members of the Belarusian government. In his talks with…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

On 16 November, the U.S.House of Representatives approved the lifting of the so-called Jackson-Vanik amendment, thus clearing the way for the Russian Federation to enjoy permanent normal trade relations with the United States. At the…

Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

In recent weeks, many corruption scandals have come to light in Russia: the scope of the investigation into fraud in the Ministry of Defence’s subject company Oboronservis (which led to the resignation of the minister Anatoly Serdyukov…

Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż, Witold Rodkiewicz

The 14th German-Russian intergovernmental consultations took place in Moscow on 16 November. The meeting had originally been scheduled for October, but it was delayed due to the ongoing cooling of political relations between Berlin and…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On November 15, the Bulgarian state-owned gas distributor Bulgargaz signed a ten-year contract with Russian Gazprom regarding the annual purchase of 2.9 billion m3 of gas. The contract will come into force at the beginning of…

Analyses | | Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga

On 9 November, the Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced that a large part of current Belarusian exports through ports in Lithuania and Latvia will be redirected to Russian ports in the Leningrad oblast. The decision was…