Articles by Brian Killen



Russia Strikes $4Bln Debt-Restructuring Deal

  • 16 April 01
  • Reuters
Russia has struck a deal to restructure about $4 billion in trade debt inherited from the Soviet Union.

Russian Economy Not Out of Woods Yet, Putin Says

  • 03 April 01
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin underscored his commitment to liberal economic reforms on Tuesday and told parliament the government should not rest on its laurels after record post-Soviet growth last year. In his annual state of the nation address, Putin said he was worried by signs of a slowdown after the highest growth levels in almost 30 years. Gross domestic product grew 7.7 percent in 2000, but is expected to slow to four percent this year. Putin said living standards were still low and the investment climate left much to be desired, resulting in as much as $20 billion a year in capital flight. ""In the last few months the worsening state of several economic indicators raises concern, especially against the background of the uncertain development of the world economy."" Putin was referring to slower industrial output growth and high inflation which has eroded the competitiveness of Russian producers by leading to a real appreciation of the ruble.

Putin, Kasyanov Eye Changes to Budget

  • 15 February 01
  • Reuters
Vladimir Putin met Mikhail Kasyanov on Wednesday to discuss changes to the 2001 budget that risk provoking the government's first major clash with the State Duma.

Battle For NTV Ahead

  • 12 January 01
  • Reuters
Russia's top independent television network NTV faced an increasingly uncertain future Friday as the two main shareholders prepared to face off against each other in politically charged court battles.

Emigre’s Enigma Wins Booker Prize

  • 07 December 00
  • Reuters
A Russian emigre Tuesday picked up one of his country's most coveted literary prizes at a ceremony for a novel so complex it makes Dostoyevsky look light.

Literary Prize Winner Unlikely Best-seller

  • 06 December 00
  • Reuters
A Russian emigre living in Switzerland returned home to pick up one of his country's most coveted literary prizes at a lavish ceremony Tuesday with a novel so complex it makes Dostoyevsky look like light reading.

Long-Term Fuel Deal to Top Agenda at EU Summit

  • 28 October 00
  • Reuters
Vladimir Putin will discuss a plan to supply gas to European markets at an EU-Russia summit Monday.

Market Watchdog Shows Its Teeth

  • 20 October 00
  • Reuters
Russia's markets should become less risky as a result of new regulatory measures, a market watchdog said.

Putin Says Economy Soft, Growth Fragile

Putin to Speak With His Eye on Investors

Central Bank Watching Inflation, Excess Money

Real Estate Charging Back to Bullish Form

Investors Say Putin Willing To Tackle Economic Woes

NEWS ANALYSIS: Investors Upbeat Despite IMF Delay

Duma Rejects Revised 2000 Budget

Kremlin Plans to Draft Money-Laundering Bill

Ivanov on Mission to Save Russia's Image Abroad

Markets Weather Political Firestorm

IMF Loan Paves Way for Debt Deals

Kiriyenko Hails Ruble Devaluation

IMF to Return for Further Evaluation

President Signs Budget, Warns of Arrears

Newspaper Names Alleged Spy for Britain

Russia Still Mulling Purchase of Fokker

qMinistry Confirms Expulsion of Envoys

Gorbachev's Assailant Says Slap Was Payback

General Denies Secret Urals Base

Russian Death Toll at 36 In Chechnya Fighting

Russian Death Toll at 36 In Chechnya Fighting

Russian Death Toll at 36 In Chechnya Fighting