Articles by Scott Rose



Montana Cowboy Airlifts Herd to Russia

  • 11 February 11
  • Bloomberg
Darrell Stevenson eats a minimum of eight pounds of beef per week at his family's cattle ranch in Montana. Feeding that appetite in Russia, which he compares to America's old West, can be tough.

Cyrillic Domain Names Sell Fast

The body overseeing the .рф Internet domain said 184,352 addresses were snapped up Thursday as registration was opened to the general public, though some of the sexiest real estate was already long gone.

Shake Up Precedes 4G Frequency Meeting

The federal communications watchdog on Monday appointed Konstantin Chertkov as director of the General Radio Frequency Center following scandals over the distribution of fourth generation licenses.

Shuvalov Offers New Privatization Timelines

The government expects to drum up $58.5 billion by 2015 from privatizations of federal property, including stakes in some 900 companies, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Wednesday.

Putin Pumps $300M Into Clean Water

A United Russia-backed program to expand access to drinking water will get 9 billion rubles ($292 million) over the next three years, a significant decrease from the initially planned sum, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

Food Poisoning Case In Sakhalin СCriminalТ

Gennady Onishchenko, the top public doctor, said he was seeking criminal charges against a firm providing food services at the ExxonMobil-led Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project after 70 people suffered mild to moderate food poisoning.

Plan for 20% Staff Cut Is Sent to Putin

The federal government must cut its staff by 20 percent over the next three years and prohibit any further growth of the bureaucracy, according to a draft decree the Finance Ministry published Tuesday.

Russian Technologies to Boost AvtoVAZ Stake in Revamp

AvtoVAZ's three main shareholders have agreed to a two-part restructuring of the carmaker that will see state-run Russian Technologies boost its stake to 29 percent by 2012.

Raspadskaya Says Mine Repairs to Cost Less

Costs to repair Raspadskaya's largest mine after fatal explosions earlier this year will likely reach about $280 million, the coal producer said, scaling back an estimate from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Sunny Start to St. Petersburg Forum

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum got under way with cautiously optimistic predictions on both the forum and the Russian economy. Guests looked ahead to speeches by President Dmitry Medvedev and France's Nicolas Sarkozy.

Medvedev Looks to Cut Bureaucracy by 20%

President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered the government to draft a proposal on reducing the federal bureaucracy by 20 percent, an idea with serious political risks. Some 800,000 people are employed as federal officials.

Scientology Writings Banned as Extremist

The ruling Ч initiated by transport prosecutors in the Siberian city of Surgut and Khanty-Mansiisk customs officers Ч is the latest use of the hotly debated law on extremism to target systems of belief that are not traditional in Russia.

Ash Cancels 345 Flights in Moscow

Cancellations at a dozen airports across Russia have left 38,700 passengers in the lurch, primarily those headed east, according to data as of 6 p.m. Monday on the Federal Air Transportation Agency's web site.

Medvedev Warns Ministers to Obey Orders

President Dmitry Medvedev warned federal and regional officials on Tuesday that they could find themselves out on the street for not fulfilling his orders in a timely manner, in his latest initiative to raise his profile as the country's top politician.

Medvedev Orders Nurgaliyev to Probe LUKoil Crash

President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday ordered Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev to investigate a fatal car crash involving a LUKoil vice president that caused public outrage over a perceived police cover-up.

Medvedev Pushes to Limit Jail For Execs

President Dmitry Medvedev promised to submit to lawmakers a bill on corporate raiding that would make it harder for law enforcement officials to steal a business by jailing its owner.

Lawmakers Say Heads Will Roll for Dismal Olympic Performance

The nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, or LDPR, initiated the howls, calling on Russian Olympic Committee chief Leonid Tyagachyov to resign immediately

Medvedev Reminds Kudrin to Be Polite

President Dmitry Medvedev had to remind Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to mind his manners Wednesday after a testy debate about a national payments system with Vneshekonombank chief Vladimir Dmitriyev.

Chuvashia Seeks Buyer For One Brown Bear

For sale: one brown bear named Mishka.

Medvedev Extols Student Days

President Dmitry Medvedev took a helicopter tour of construction work for the Sochi Olympics on Thursday and regaled a student brigade with stories from his days as a summer laborer.

U.S. Nudges Russia on Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk signaled on Friday that he thought Russia's chances of joining the WTO in the coming year were better than even, despite Washington's concerns over recent restrictions on pork imports.

Navy Raid On Pirate Ship Yields 29 Suspects

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that one of its warships, the Admiral Panteleyev, has captured a vessel with 29 suspected Somali pirates, the military's first success since stepping up its presence off Africa this week.

Medvedev Starts Own 'Fireside Chats'

President Dmitry Medvedev debuted Sunday in what he said would be a series of regular television addresses aimed at discussing the government's work to fight the economic crisis. 

Pressure Grows on Regions to Create Jobs

Regional leaders failing to meet expectations on a federally funded program to create jobs will be summoned to Moscow, while those doing well may be treated to a visit from senior government officials, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday.

TV Crews, Souvenirs and Vodka Hit Maine

For a town that prides itself on detached amusement to presidential visits, Vladimir Putin's arrival this Sunday has created quite a stir.