Articles by Oleg Shchedrov



Russia Shakes Fist With War Games

  • 19 October 09
  • Reuters
Dressed in combat fatigues, the leaders of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan looked on as a new rapid reaction force staged military exercises Friday in Kazakhstan.

Medvedev Praises Anti-Alcohol Drive

  • 20 July 09
  • Reuters

President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday praised the unpopular 1980s anti-alcohol campaign of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and suggested his own crusade could also introduce new restrictions.

Medvedev Warns U.S. Against Shield

  • 13 July 09
  • Reuters
The president says Moscow will deploy rockets in Kaliningrad if Washington doesnТt drop its missile defense plans.

Medvedev Offers to Cut Nukes

  • 22 June 09
  • Reuters
Russia is ready to drastically cut its nuclear stockpiles in a new arms pact with the United States if Washington meets Moscow's concerns over missile defense, President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

Medvedev Brokers Transdnestr Talks

  • 19 March 09
  • Reuters
Russia, Moldova and Transdnestr agree that an international mission might replace Russian troops in the breakaway region.

Russia Could Offer Emergency Aid to Kyrgyzstan

  • 03 February 09
  • Reuters
Russia could offer hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday and increase pressure on its Central Asian ally to close a U.S. military base.

Medvedev Says Don't Rewrite WWII

  • 28 January 09
  • Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that Russia should resist attempts by some of its former Soviet neighbors to ""falsify"" the history of World War II by underplaying Moscow's role in defeating Hitler.

Moscow, Kiev Sign 10-Year Gas Deal

  • 20 January 09
  • and Ron Popeski
Reuters Russia and Ukraine signed a 10-year gas supply deal on Monday to clear the way for a prompt resumption of supplies to a freezing Europe, cut off for nearly two weeks by a dispute between the ex-Soviet states.

Putin Says Gas Consortium Deal in Sight

  • 16 January 09
  • Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that he believed a deal could be reached soon with European firms to restart gas supplies to Europe cut off in mid-winter over a pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

Deripaska Sees Answer in 'New Deal'

  • 03 December 08
  • Reuters
As it battles the financial crisis, the country needs a "New Deal" similar to the one that lifted the United States out of the Great Depression in the 1930s, Oleg Deripaska said.

Medvedev Seeks Court Reforms

  • 03 December 08
  • Reuters
The country's courts must be reformed to stem the flow of people turning to the European Court of Human Rights for justice, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.

Medvedev Says U.S. Threatens Security

  • 09 October 08
  • Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that the United States' self-styled role as the world's dominant power was undermining international security.

Syria Expected to Reach Arms Deals

  • 22 August 08
  • Reuters
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad backed RussiaТs military action against Georgia at talks with President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday that were expected to cover purchases of Russian arms.

Medvedev, Tycoons To Discuss Tax Cuts

  • 21 August 08
  • Reuters
The president tells Potanin that he will meet with the RSPP big business group in September to talk over economic problems.

Finns Get Nowhere in Timber Feud

  • 30 June 08
  • Reuters
Finland's president makes her case over timber tariffs during a meeting with Medvedev.

Many Familiar Faces After Government Shake-Up

  • 12 May 08
  • Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced his cabinet team on Monday, keeping most key ministers in their posts and taking powerful Kremlin figures with him to his new job.

Medvedev Says Civil Society Needs Policy Oversight Role

  • 20 March 08
  • Reuters
Civil society groups should have a bigger role in forming policy and holding the government to account, President-elect Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Putin Says 'Forced' to Repeat Warnings

  • 29 November 07
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin, who steps down next year, said Wednesday that he would not allow foreign powers to upset Russia's stability in the wake of two crucial polls that will decide the country's future.

Putin Says 'Forced' to Repeat Warnings

  • 29 November 07
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin, who steps down next year, said Wednesday that he would not allow foreign powers to upset Russia's stability in the wake of two crucial polls that will decide the country's future.

Putin Prefers Talks to Pressure on Iran

  • 15 October 07
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin will show his preference for dialogue with Iran when he visits Tehran on Tuesday, amid calls from the West for stronger pressure on Iran to curb suspected plans for a nuclear bomb.

Putin's Successor Not Likely to Be Surprise

  • 31 August 07
  • Reuters
A Kremlin spokesman says the president will probably pick a well-known figure to replace him when he leaves office next year.

Putin Urges Black Sea Cooperation

  • 26 June 07
  • Reuters
But Sergei Lavrov stresses that Russia opposes using the Black Sea regional organization as a broker in political disputes.

Emergency Conference Sought on Arms Treaty

  • 29 May 07
  • Reuters
The Foreign Ministry on Monday requested an emergency conference to discuss an arms control pact after accusing NATO nations of ignoring the deal negotiated in the months after the Cold War ended.

Sergeant Demoted in Beating

  • 21 February 06
  • Reuters
A Chelyabinsk military court on Monday held the first in a series of trials of servicemen charged with hazing soldiers at the tank academy where Private Andrei Sychyov lost his legs and genitals after being tortured.

Putin Seeks Membership of Asian Business Club

  • 12 December 05
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin flies to a summit of leaders of major Asian states this week hoping to press his case for Russia to be part of their economic and political integration.

Putin Offers His Support to Fradkov

  • 28 June 05
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin threw a lifeline to his embattled prime minister on Monday, praising Mikhail Fradkov's government for sticking to the course he had laid out.

Russia Teams Up With Bush on WMDs

  • 01 June 04
  • Reuters
Russia cast aside its doubts Monday and joined a U.S.-led alliance of countries prepared to board ships and raid suspect factories in a crackdown against weapons of mass destruction.

Russia Offers to Evacuate 800 in Iraq

  • 15 April 04
  • Reuters
Moscow offered Wednesday to airlift more than 800 Russians and citizens of other former Soviet republics out of Iraq after eight Russian and Ukrainian workers were briefly kidnapped in Baghdad.

Press: Pick Lets Putin Tighten His Grip

  • 03 March 04
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin's surprise nomination of a low-profile bureaucrat as his new prime minister is intended to strengthen his already nearly absolute power, newspapers said Tuesday.

Kremlin Frowns On U.S.-Chechen Contact

  • 22 March 01
  • Reuters
A Kremlin official said Wednesday that planned contacts between U.S. officials and Chechen rebel envoys would fuel violence in the republic and sour U.S.-Russian relations.