MOSCOW, November 13 (RIA Novosti)
President Vladimir Putin's human rights council gained 39 new members on Monday as its total membership count rose from 40 to 62 in a reshuffle that saw 16 leave. Experts believe that in its expanded form, the panel would have a hard time coming to "consolidated decisions linked by a single logic,"
(The Moscow Times, Kommersant)
Putin's choice: President Vladimir Putin yesterday held the first meeting of the new Council on Human Rights
"Changing the region's brand is my priority" said Vladimir Miklushevsky, Primorsky Territory governor. According to him, the territory should not just be associated with "crabs, caviar, and criminals".
Dmitry Medvedev asked his deputy, Dmitry Rogozin who oversees the defense sector, to ensure that the Defense Ministry reshuffle does not have any impact on the pace at which the defense order is fulfilled.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Oil prices will continue to grow in the next twenty years despite the development of renewable energy sources and new extraction technologies, according to analysts from the International Energy Agency.
Russia doesn't have enough of its own gas: In January Russia could start importing gas and diesel. From the New Year selling fuel lower than Euro-3 standard will be banned. Companies that have not prepared for this reform will have to make up the shortfall through imports.
Economy grounded: Rosstat figures say Russia's 3rd quarter GDP grew 2.9 percent on the same period last year. The economic slowdown is continuing to the point of inertia, and this stagnation is expected to last at least six months.
The USA will overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's largest oil producer by 2020, says the International Energy Agency
Dagestan has asked Russia for increased financial support. Finance Minister Siluanov responded by outlining the fact that the republic already receives significant support from Russia and said that additional funding would only be made available if the republic looked like it would not be able to fulfill key budget commitments.
NATO and European Union leaders have slammed Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili over the arrest of a former interior minister and two senior army commanders in an apparent power struggle with President Mikheil Saakashvili.
The US Congress is to investigate the extent to which the CIA chief's turbulent personal life impacted on US national security
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev talks about ongoing police reforms in Russia in an exclusive interview.
Moscow police has broken up a terrorist cell that was actively recruiting members at city mosques and arrested six alleged members of the Islamic Rebirth Party, which is banned by the Supreme Court as a terrorist organization.
(The Moscow Times)
The interior ministry has been working on the GLONASS case for three years. It is still investigating under "misuse of authority" rather than "embezzlement" and no one has been charged.
Russia's police for the first time have it set out in law that they are not to fulfil any illegal orders their superiors issue. President Putin issued a directive approving the Disciplinary Code for the Ministry of the Interior.
The Russian Transportation Ministry is pushing amendments to the Aviation Code to prohibit airline passengers to carry alcohol on board in order to prevent violent behavior caused by drinking. Aviation professionals and consumer rights activists believe this measure would be ineffective and propose ‘passenger black lists’ instead.
Most Russians believe that it is not possible to get rich honestly. Many feel that the only honest way to make a fortune is to marry well or inherit. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Russia has seen a 66 percent increase in alcohol sale law violations for the first 9 months of the year - Interior Ministry statistics suggest. Experts believe that this is not a real increase in violations, but simply reflects the police's more active engagement with enforcing the law in this area. (Izvestia)
Russia's communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has put forward 25 criteria for evaluating mobile link quality in Russia. Mobile operators who prove unable to provide a certain level of quality could be stripped of their licenses
Investors in white coats: 2012 has seen five major deals on Russia's commercial medicine market. Experts expect this market to expand 10-20 percent per year, and say this is Russia's most promising market.
Venture capital investment in biotech and medical technology in the US in 2011 amounted to $7.5 billion. In Russia this figure is less than $20 million. Russia is producing promising developments in medicine, but the scientists are failing to translate lab success into commercial success.
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Any response would likely boomerang on Russia – the partnership between Rosneft and ExxonMobil is a case in point. The United States has hit Russia with a third round of sanctions. This time the Americans went with a higher caliber weapon, targeting Russia’s biggest energy companies (Rosneft and Novatek) and banks (VEB and Gazprombank).