Articles by John Helmer

Moscow fills IMF positions

Russia, EC seek new trade pact

It's better to bury than to bank

West European banks apply to open branches

Yeltsin decree disbands foreign investment office

Central Bank may refuse to draw IMF aid

Diamond revenues may fall Russian income hit by De Beer's reduced quota

Russians bowed to IMF terms, texts show

Moscow blooms City's flower market in bud

Cossacks: Kingdom-seeking?

Shokhin gets post

Diamonds mine? Gem industry reorganized

China missile deal is likely

Japan set to release $800 million loan, officials say

When paranoia fights rationality

Russian politicians face off in Kurile row

The Kurile Islands have become a political battleground this week between Russia's Foreign Ministry and parliament. The development follows a warning last week from a senior member of the parliamentary committee on international relations, Viktor Sheinis, who said in an interview that because of disagreements over the future status of the Kurile Island territories, ""now is not a very favorable time"" for President Boris Yeltsin to plan a visit to Tokyo. That visit is due to start on Sept. 15. On July 24 the chairman of parliament's Constitutional Commission, Oleg Rumyantsev, proposed that deputies vote to recommend postponement of the presidential visit unless Yeltsin and parliament first agreed on the constitutional limits of the president's power to negotiate the future of the islands. A closed-door hearing on this issue was called by Rumyantsev at the Supreme Soviet on Tuesday.

World Bank clears $600 million loan

Russia prepares to pay back Korean credits

Taiwan tries to up the ante in battle for trade

Yeltsin's Japan trip in doubt, aide says

Peace dividend: Costly for Russia

Oct. 1 set as target for shift to hard ruble

Gold chief resigns over turmoil in industry

South Africa. Russia talk trade

South Africa's deputy minister of trade and industry, David Graaf, was in Moscow to meet with Russian officials and launch a week-long exhibition of South African companies. Graaf met this week with the Russian minister of foreign economic relations, Pyotr Aven, and the deputy minister with responsibility for African affairs, Vladimir Rabotyazhev. South African officials say that ""no concrete steps"" were decided at their meetings. An agreement on trade has been drafted, the officials said, but it has not yet been signed. The trade talks follow the visit on June 1-2 of South Africa's president, Frederic de Klerk, who agreed to provide government-backed trade credits worth $50 million. The South Africans say they are waiting for the Russian government to decide which bank it will designate to guarantee repayment of the credits and manage the credit program.

Gaidar plans less rigid economic strategy

West's export sanctions hit hard-currency trade

Cola market loses fizz threatens Coke, Pepsi

Energy price rise said to be coming soon

Importers jockey to get in on loan

Russia-Kazakhstan ties slip on oil