Articles by Conor Sweeney



Action Movie on Georgia War to Air on State TV

  • 20 March 09
  • Reuters
A Russian action film inspired by last year's Georgia war and shot in the same style as the Bourne trilogy will be broadcast soon on Russia's top television channel.

FSB General Denies Holodomor

  • 19 December 08
  • Reuters
A Federal Security Service general on Thursday dismissed as an ""invention"" a 1930s famine that Ukraine has asked Russia to recognize as genocide after Kiev urged the Kremlin to join in commemorations for millions of dead.

EU, Russia Hold Icy Talks in St. Petersburg

  • 29 October 08
  • Reuters
But the two sides agree to resume negotiations on a partnership agreement in France on Nov. 13 and 14.

Zyazikov Insists Ingushetia Not at War

  • 28 October 08
  • Reuters
Armored vehicles patrol the streets and his bodyguards do not let him out of sight, but Ingushetia's leader calls predictions of civil war ""the ravings of a madman.""

Australian Businessman Fights Red Tape

  • 11 June 08
  • Reuters
Every morning, staff at fashion jewelry chain Diva line up to bring their Australian boss about 500 documents to sign, as he swims against a tide of bureaucracy and corruption.

BRIC Countries Hold First Stand-Alone Talks

  • 19 May 08
  • Reuters
The world's biggest emerging market economies -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- agreed Friday to formalize their ""BRIC"" club for the first time to affirm their global economic clout.

EU Stalled on Mandate for Russia Partnership

  • 25 April 08
  • Reuters
European Union efforts to agree on a long-delayed mandate for partnership negotiations with Russia stalled again Thursday despite a prediction of imminent agreement from Luxembourg’s prime minister. Diplomats said Lithuania maintained its veto on starting the talks to demand assurances on energy supplies, cooperation over a missing businessman and Russian movement on frozen conflicts in former Soviet republics.

EU Slams Russia Over Visa Red Tape

  • 09 April 08
  • Reuters
Russian immigration red tape is so cumbersome that many Europeans are leaving rather than trying to comply, European Union embassies have told the government in the latest round in a visa dispute.

Interregnum Delays WTO Accession

  • 07 April 08
  • Reuters
Political paralysis as ministers wait for their new president to take over has dashed hopes of a quick deal with the European Union on Russian entry to the World Trade Organization, a senior Western diplomat said. Negotiators from Moscow and Brussels have held an intensive round of meetings and phone calls to try to reach an agreement and remove one of the biggest obstacles to the country's WTO entry.

TNK-BP Raid Seen Linked to Gazprom

  • 03 April 08
  • Reuters
Security officers who raided TNK-BP's headquarters last month were looking for files relating to Gazprom, industry sources said.

Cyber Don Juan Sparks Worries About Privacy

  • 14 December 07
  • Reuters
Internet chat-room romantics beware: Your next chat may be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person, trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an online security firm says.

Cyber Don Juan Sparks Worries About Privacy

  • 14 December 07
  • Reuters
Internet chat-room romantics beware: Your next chat may be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person, trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an online security firm says.

Crocus Mansions Set New Standard in Opulence

  • 27 November 07
  • Reuters
The spires of a Germanic-looking palace rise over a muddy building site outside Moscow like a suburban Disney castle, while a Roman villa and a New England-style mansion jostle for room nearby.

Crocus Mansions Set New Standard in Opulence

  • 27 November 07
  • Reuters
The spires of a Germanic-looking palace rise over a muddy building site outside Moscow like a suburban Disney castle, while a Roman villa and a New England-style mansion jostle for room nearby.

At Home in the Arctic, Belugas Face New Threats

  • 07 August 07
  • Reuters
BOLSHOI SOLOVETSKY ISLAND -- Summer doesn't last long on the edge of the Arctic Circle, but on the remote Solovetsky Islands on the White Sea it marks the remarkable return every year of beluga whales just meters from the shore.