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RIA Novosti: Medvedev Says US, EU Companies Clearly Show Intention to Continue Work in Russia

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MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow has received «clear signals» from US and European companies about their intention to continue work in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday. «We have received quite clear signals that European and American companies are set to continue work with Russian partners. Time is ripe now to use

RIA Novosti: Legal Disputes Between Russia, Ukraine Better Than Force – Medvedev

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 20 (RIA Novosti) – Many legal disputes are expected to arise between Russian and Ukrainian companies, but arbitration processes are better than tyranny and the use of force, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a speech at the International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg Friday. “In the near future, there will

RIA Novosti: Public Approval for Putin, Medvedev Continues to Grow – Survey

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MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti) – The popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev among Russians continues to grow, according to data released Thursday by the independent pollster Levada-Center. “Vladimir Putin’s public approval rating continues to grow, reaching its peak in the last four years,” an appendix to the survey reads.

RIA Novosti: Medvedev Warns Strained Relations Could Have Economic Impact

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MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that new pitfalls in the country’s economic development cannot be ruled out due to strained ties with Ukraine and possibly with other ex-Soviet states. “The next few years will be marked by continued instability and strained environment in some markets. New risks

Interfax: Western sanctions haven’t yet affected Russian economy – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. May 26 (Interfax) – Russia has not yet felt the effect of the West’s sanctions, but if they are applied to whole sectors of the Russian economy, European businesses will be harmed equally, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. “The effect of the sanctions on the Russian economy is absolutely minimal at the moment,

Ukraine Must Show Will to Pay Before Gas Talks, Medvedev Says

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Ryan Chilcote, Olga Tanas and Henry Meyer – May 20, 2014) Ukraine should settle a substantial part of its natural-gas debt and set a payment schedule before Russia will start price negotiations amid a dispute that may affect Europe, according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. “It should be a substantial sum

RIA Novosti: Russian PM Says Claims of Moscow Planning to Attain Parts of Ukraine – Propaganda

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MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – Confirmation that Russia has plans to claim any part of Ukraine is propaganda and the comparison with the situation with Crimea is inappropriate, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. “In regard to the type of hypotheses that Russia would like get some extra land is nothing more than

New Cold War May Emerge in Ukraine Crisis, Medvedev Says

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Ryan Chilcote, Henry Meyer and Olga Tanas – May 20, 2014) Russia is being pulled into a new Cold War with the U.S. and its allies, who are using economic warfare reminiscent of the Soviet Union under Leonid Brezhnev, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. Russia has prepared a raft of

Russian Premier Medvedev Defends Facebook, Twitter

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Torrey Clark – May 17, 2014) Russians access to Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. is safe if Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has a say in the matter. The government leader rebuked a communications official for saying in an interview published yesterday that Russia has the right to fully block online social

Putin Tries New Approach To Imposing Order In North Caucasus

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – May 13, 2014) In a tacit admission that the situation in the North Caucasus differs radically from that elsewhere in the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin has made a series of personnel appointments clearly intended to strengthen Moscow’s control over developments there. Putin has dismissed Aleksandr Khloponin, whom then-President Dmitry Medvedev had appointed in January

Medvedev Orders Bank Chiefs to Reveal Personal Assets in Corruption Battle

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – May 13, 2014) Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the heads of Russia’s two largest banks – state-owned Sberbank and VTB – to report their income, expenses and assets as part of an annual anti-corruption checkup. Sberbank’s German Gref, a former economic development minister, and VTB’s Andrei Kostin were among

Interfax: Moscow’s decision on Crimea helped avoid casualties like in Ukraine – premier

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(Interfax – Khabarovsk: April 25, 2014) Russia’s decision on the situation in Crimea has made it possible to avoid a heavy toll and developments like in eastern Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev believes. While Medvedev was talking to the employees of the Khabarovsk shipbuilding plant, he was addressed by Pavel Shapoval, a resident of

RIA Novosti: Proportion of ‘Grey Capital’ Outflow from Russia Reached 20%-40% in 2012-2013 – Medvedev

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MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) – The proportion of “grey capital” outflow from Russia in 2012-2013 reached 20 percent to 40 percent, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday during his annual report in the country’s lower house of parliament. “One of the forms of outflow comes from those who are looking for more attractive

RIA Novosti: Russia Can Create New Foundation for Self-Sufficient Economy – Medvedev

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MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) – The current situation with unstable world markets, Western sanctions against Moscow over Crimea, and the country’s own economic problems is a great opportunity to create a new foundation for an industrial-based economy, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. “The current situation for our government is not only a challenge,

RIA Novosti: Medvedev Says Russian Financial System Reliable

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MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s financial sector is reliable and under control, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with finance officials Tuesday. “We are in a very uneasy situation indeed, that’s why we need to make some allowances … but they are not supposed to be fundamental. On the whole,

Medvedev cancels zero gas duty for Ukraine

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(Interfax – April 3, 2014) Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced the cancellation of the zero customs export duty on gas for Ukraine. The budget deficit of Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy will increase by UAH8.2 billion, or around $750 million at the current exchange rate, to UAH56.254 billion due to

Russian Cabinet Outlines Costs of Crimea

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anatoly Medetsky – March 25, 2014) The costly consequences of expanding Russia’s territory became clearer Monday when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev revealed a Crimea to-do list for the government and its corporations. Russia will need to take care of entitlements and services ranging from retirement pensions to tax rebates to

Yanukovych’s indecision doomed Ukrainian people to suffer – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) – Viktor Yanukovych’s indecision caused sufferings to Ukrainian people, who were entitled to peacefully protest against the authorities’ arbitrary rule, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. “The [Ukrainian] authorities’ impotence, President Yanukovych’s personal weakness and indecision doomed the people of Ukraine to great sufferings. The people who took to the streets

Interfax: Medvedev orders analyzing relocation of HQs of some state-own companies, government bodies to Far East – deputy PM

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MOSCOW. Feb 5 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered analyzing the possibility of relocating the main offices of a number of major companies partly or wholly owned by the state and a number of federal government bodies to the Far East, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and presidential envoy to the Far Eastern

Medvedev Proposes Officials Return to State Company Boards

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GORKY, January 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that government officials should be appointed to the boards of state-owned companies, in an apparent reversal of a signature reform he carried out during his presidency. “Civil servants should be [on the boards of directors of state-owned companies] in a sensible quantity

TRANSCRIPT: Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with CNN

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(Government.ru – January 22, 2014) Dmitry Medvedev sat for an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Christiane Amanpour: Let me start by asking you about the Sochi Olympics. This is a moment of great pride for Russia, great anticipation for the world’s athletes. And yet you have a major security threat and major security alert that

Interfax: Medvedev greets Patriarch Kirill on Christmas, thanks for spiritual patronage

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Moscow, January 7, Interfax – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has greeted Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Christmas, the government website reported on Tuesday. “This holiday presents the light of faith, the warmth of love and the happiness of hope. It consolidates the moral foundations of our society helping people to learn Christian

Interfax: Medvedev: it may be simplistic to see Ukraine protests as attack on Soviet-style policies

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MOSCOW. Dec 16 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev argued on Friday that it might be simplistic to see current protests in Ukraine as an offensive against Soviet-style policies. “You drew some comparisons and mentioned Ukraine. I’m not sure that all that is happening in Ukraine at the moment can be described as an

Interfax: Ineffective federal programs could be discontinued – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) – Ineffective federal programs might be discontinued, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a cabinet meeting devoted to the performance of these programs over the first nine months of the year. “We need to either radically change the situation with the programs of close them down. We’ll reach a decision

TRANSCRIPT PART 2: In Conversation with Dmitry Medvedev: Interview with five media outlets

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[transcript concluded. 1st part in JRL #221, December 6; click here for Part 1] (Government.ru – December 6, 2013) The traditional annual live interview with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the round-up of the Government’s work over the year. Asking the questions were Irada Zeinalova (Channel One), Sergei Brilyov (VGTRK), Marianna Maksimovskaya (Ren TV), Vadim

Putin and Medvedev Lament Rusty Tap Water in Their Houses

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(RIA Novosti/Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – December 6, 2013) Russia’s top brass are not immune from the same problems faced by ordinary Russians, it turns out, after the president and prime minister admitted to having rusty tap water from time to time. “Can you imagine: Even my tap water is sometimes rusty,” President Vladimir Putin

TRANSCRIPT: In Conversation with Dmitry Medvedev: Interview with five media outlets

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(Government.ru – December 6, 2013) [Complete transcript in Russian here: http://government.ru/news/8790] The traditional annual live interview with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the round-up of the Government’s work over the year. Asking the questions were Irada Zeinalova (Channel One), Sergei Brilyov (VGTRK), Marianna Maksimovskaya (Ren TV), Vadim Takmenyov (NTV) and Mikhail Zygar (TV Rain). Transcript:

RIA Novosti: ‘Everything’s OK’ Between Putin and Me – Medvedev

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MOSCOW, December 6 (RIA Novosti) ­ Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday during a televised interview that there were no problems in his relationship with President Vladimir Putin. “Everything’s OK between the president and me,” Medvedev said in response to a question about an apparent disagreement with Putin over the powers of criminal investigators. While

Interfax: Russia’s economy still lacking in sustainable development – premier

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(Interfax – Gorki, December 2, 2013) Stable economic growth still has not been achieved in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev has said. “The task of providing for sustainable economic development, where the key factor is the growth of labour productivity and the modernization of existing capacities, the creation of high-efficiency jobs and personnel training that

Medvedev’s televised interview set for December 6

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MOSCOW. Nov 26 (Interfax) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will sum up the results of the year 2013 on December 6 in the traditional live televised interview, titled “A Conversation with the Prime Minister,” the government’s spokesperson Natalya Timakova announced. “The interview will proceed in the traditional format,” she said. “The main themes to be

A Warning to Medvedev

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(Institute of Modern Russia – imrussia.org – Tatiana Stanovaya – November 25, 2013) Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin gave the police and security forces an opportunity to take revenge for their losses during Dmitri Medvedev’s presidency. Practically all of the initiatives of the former Russian president and current prime minister have been revised­ –

Interfax: Too soon to talk of radical success in fight against corruption – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. Nov 1 (Interfax) – It is too soon to talk of radical success in the fight against corruption, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Reuters. “I think there is movement (on corruption) but it is probably too soon to talk about some kind of strong, radical successes,” Medvedev said in

TRANSCRIPT: [Medvedev at] 2nd Moscow International Forum, Open Innovations

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(Government.ru – October 31, 2013) Dmitry Medvedev’s address to the plenary meeting: Addressing the plenary meeting of the 2nd Moscow International Forum, Open Innovations Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, Mr Katainen (Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen of Finland), Mr Ayrault (Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France), the first thing I heard was: What can governments do to

Interfax: “Medvedev: progress made in intellectual property protection in Russia”

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MOSCOW. Oct 31 (Interfax) – Russia has made progress in the protection of intellectual property, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the audience at the “Open Innovations” Forum in Moscow on Thursday. “There is one more theme, which, unfortunately, has been very complicated in Russia for a long period. I mean intellectual property. Nevertheless, I think

Interfax: Medvedev: Ukraine association agreement with EU spells end to ‘exclusive’ Russia relations

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MOSCOW. Nov 1 (Interfax) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has advised Ukraine to look to Brussels to raise standby loans in future. “They constantly turn to us for credits, for example,” Medvedev is quoted by Reuters as saying. “In the end, if they have such advanced relations with Brussels … let them get credits from

Skolkovo Warned Over Potential $4 Billion in Misspending

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Yekaterina Kravtsova – October 31, 2013) Fraudulent schemes used during the creation of state-owned innovation hub Skolkovo have created the potential for misspending almost $4 billion in state funds, the Prosecutor General’s Office said Wednesday. “A lack of proper control on the part of Skolkovo Fund management over implementation of

Medvedev: New influential alliances must be monitored

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GORKI. Oct 29 (Interfax) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has urged the government to analyze the emerging alliances, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Union which, he said, could impact Russia’s economic interests. “While tacking issues related to the World Trade Organization one cannot disregard other

Interfax: Medvedev welcomes Russia’s 92nd place in Ease of Doing Business ranking

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GORKI, Moscow region. Oct 29 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken positively of Russia’s progress in the 2013 Ease of Doing Business survey compiled by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. “Absolutely, this movement upwards in the Doing Business rating is a pleasing result for our economy. I hope that

Russians Must Accept Court Decisions as Law – Medvedev

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MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russians must learn to perceive the decisions of courts and investigators as legitimate for the country to develop forward, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised interview Saturday. Answering a question about a high-profile corruption case that has ensnared several top Defense Ministry officials since late last year,

Interfax: Medvedev urges maximum use of WTO protection mechanisms

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(Interfax – October 29, 2013) Russia should fully use the dispute settlement opportunities provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO), Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. “It is important to correctly use the opportunities provided by WTO membership, to use the allowed mechanisms and procedures to furthest possible extent, including the WTO dispute settlement body,” he

Medvedev China Visit Sees Deal-signing Flurry

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – October 22, 2013) Russia’s state-owned development bank, VEB, agreed to borrow $1.9 billion from Chinese lenders, as part of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Beijing on Tuesday. But Medvedev used the occasion to call for more direct investment between the two countries, which would take economic ties up a

TRANSCRIPT: [Medvedev at] The 27th session of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia

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(Government.ru – October 21, 2013) The FIAC discussed technical regulation issues, the lifting of administrative obstacles, improving customs legislation for investors, the development of the banking sector and financial markets in Russia, trade and the consumer sector, as well as innovations-based development. Dmitry Medvedev’s introductory remarks Transcript: Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, colleagues.

Russian GDP will grow 2% in 2013 in best case – PM

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(Interfax – GORKI, October 21, 2013) Russia’s gross domestic product will grow 2% this year in the best-case scenario, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the consulting council for foreign investments in Russia in Gorki on Monday. “In the eight months of 2013, Russian GDP grew 1.5%, although in 2012 there was four and some percent.

Medvedev doesn’t see Ukraine’s association with EU as dramatic or fatal

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(Interfax – KALUGA. October 15, 2013) Moscow does not consider Kyiv’s choice in favor of association with the European Union to be fatal or dramatic, although this would pose certain difficulties for the Belarusian-Kazakh-Russian Customs Union’s and Russia’s market, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. “Do we think that this is a dramatic or fatal

RIA Novosti: Russian Government to Cull Federal Officials

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(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, October 13, 2013) ­ Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a cull of federal officials in the regions ahead of an upcoming three-year state budget crunch. Medvedev did not give any estimates for the number of officials facing the sack in 2014-2015 in his order, published on the government’s website

TRANSCRIPT: Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel

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(Government.ru – Sochi, Krasnodar Territory, September 28, 2013) Anna Schneider: Good afternoon, Mr Medvedev. Thank you for finding the time to come here. Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon. Anna Schneider: The forum is about to complete its work. What results have been achieved? What are your personal impressions? How is this year’s forum different from the

Dmitry Medvedev’s article: The time of simple solutions is past

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(Government.ru -  Dmitry Medvedev – September 27, 2013) [English translation of commentary published in Vedomosti, September 27, 2013] 1. The beginning Five years ago it became obvious that a global economic catastrophe was beginning. I remember very well the first G20 anti-crisis summit meeting in Washington and the views which I and the majority of

Medvedev Bets on Private Business in Hard Economic Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – By Anatoly Medetsky – September 28, 2013) Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Friday that the economy had fallen on hard times and identified the private sector as the engine for future growth. Medvedev made what was one of the key political statements of his premiership at the annual International Investment

TRANSCRIPT: Medvedev at Twelfth International Investment Forum Sochi-2013

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(Government.ru – Sochi, Krasnodar Territory – September 27, 2013) The main focus of the forum is economic growth and quality of life, including foreign direct investment, comprehensive regional development and expansion of transport infrastructure through private investment. The participants also discussed social issues, including healthcare, participation of private medical organisations in the mandatory medical insurance

Medvedev Bemoans Fear of ‘Incomprehensible,’ ‘Unpredictable’ Russia

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(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, September 27, 2013) ­ Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that investors have an “irrational fear” of Russia, a country he described as “incomprehensible” and “sometimes unpredictable,” in a long opinion piece published Friday in a Russian newspaper. The article of over 3,000 words was titled “The Time of Simple

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