Articles by Natalia Yefimova



Half as Many, But Twice As Big

The Perm region's steady progress in merging with a smaller neighbor has fueled long-smoldering rumors that the Kremlin wants to slash the number of Russia's constituent territories from 89 to 40 or so.

Deripaska to Take Control of TVS

In a deal expected to bring stability to the debt-laden TVS television station, shareholders previously allied with UES chief Anatoly Chubais announced Friday that they are selling their 45 percent stake to a rival group of owners headed by aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska.

The St. Pete Guests Who Didn't Feel So Welcome

Last weekend's Russia-European Union summit was full of backslapping and compliments. But it was clear that some guests didn't feel as welcome as others.

CIS Sends Kuchma to Sum Up Summit

Ten years ago, as leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States got set to meet for one of their first summits in Minsk, Belarus, a prominent local businessman said skeptically: ""We have not felt the CIS. It is a paper organization.""

U.S. and Russia Move Past Iraq to Iran

With hugs and handshakes, President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush publicly buried the hatchet in their disagreement over Iraq on Sunday.

Putin Seals a Victory or Two With EU

President Vladimir Putin hosted a Russia-EU summit Saturday that may have been short on results but allowed him to score all the minor diplomatic victories he had hoped for.

At Putin's Advice, Dignitaries Have Some Fun

  • 02 June 03
  • Staff Writers
With dancers painted in gold, floating fountains and choreographed laser beams, more than 40 visiting heads of states had every chance to forget about politics for awhile.

Summit Caps Off St. Pete's Party

President Vladimir Putin, eager to keep boosting Russia's international status and to help overcome acrimony left in the wake of the Iraq war, will host more than 40 heads of state this weekend for a few days of eating, drinking and seeing the sights of his native St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Gets Trees, Statues and a Peak

Trees, monuments and a mountain peak -- those are the most prominent gifts received by St. Petersburg for its 300th birthday from other cities, regions and countries.

Jordan Hands Over a Flag to the Hermitage Museum

After a perilous 80-year journey, an imperial military flag was returned to Russia's tsarist-era capital on Monday in a ceremony full of pomp and emotion.

Concerts, Costumes and a Little Abuse

Thousands of people took to the streets this weekend to enjoy concerts, costumes and a little abuse of the governor as St. Petersburg kicked off its 300th birthday bash.

Chubais Might Get Control of TVS

After months of infighting among its powerful owners, TVS television may finally get a single majority shareholder: Unified Energy Systems chief Anatoly Chubais.

Russia Hopes New G-8 Role Pays Off

Government officials are hoping Russia's enhanced G8 status will help mend ties with the United States.

Putin Lays Out the Next 7 Years

President Putin announced ambitious plans for boosting economic growth and revamping the government.

President to Address His Achievements

Putin was to take the floor Friday to deliver the fourth state of the nation address of his first term.

A Faction of Liberal Russia Reinstates Berezovsky

One of two rival wings in the Liberal Russia party voted Sunday to reinstate Boris Berezovsky.

United Russia Upgrades Its Roster

United Russia plumped its list of high-profile principals with a third Cabinet minister, half a dozen regional governors, a career KGB officer and a former intelligence agent.

Russia No. 4 on Forbes' Billionaires List

Russia's per capita GDP may be dragging behind Costa Rica's, but its head count of billionaires is the fourth highest in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

Self-Rule Bills Clear First Hurdle in Duma

After some four hours of debate, the State Duma on Friday gave preliminary approval to two Kremlin-backed bills introducing sweeping reforms to local and regional government.

Court Back in Zorkin's Hands

A decade after resigning as head of the Constitutional Court, Valery Zorkin was re-elected to the post.

Bills Carve Up Towns, Villages

The State Duma on Friday is to consider legislation overhauling the country's system of local government.

United Russia Outlines Its Plans

Gearing up for December's parliamentary elections, the United Russia party presented the basics of its platform Wednesday.

Experts: U.S. Must Not Act Like a Cowboy in a Saloon

While there is little Russia can do to stop U.S. military action against Iraq, Moscow should position itself as a ""responsible partner,"" pushing Washington to abide by international law and avoiding rash moves that could jeopardize Russian interests in a postwar Iraq, foreign policy and security experts said Monday.

Kremlin Tightening Reins Ahead of Polls

Worried that its most loyal party won't manage to sweep the December parliamentary elections, the Kremlin is trying to help it along by squeezing out competitors from the middle of the political spectrum.

Terror Bills Raise Civil Rights Fears

Human rights activists and liberal lawmakers are up in arms over proposed legislation giving the state greater power to curtail civil liberties during anti-terrorism operations.

U.S. Diplomat Says Iraq Differences Won't Strain Ties

Despite Russia's persistent opposition to military action against Iraq, differences over the crisis in the Persian Gulf are unlikely to hurt Moscow's relationship with Washington, a senior U.S. diplomat said Friday.

'New Era of Friendship' With Pakistan

President Musharraf wrapped up his three-day visit Thursday by saying that Islamabad and Moscow had left behind the Cold War animosity that once separated them.

Lord Judd Resigns Over Chechnya

Lord Frank Judd announced Thursday that he would resign to protest Moscow's refusal to postpone a referendum in the war-shattered republic.

Communists Let a Scandal Go Public

The Communists and their allies risked doing something this month that they have been loath to do in the past: They aired their dirty laundry.

Court Rejects Dubrovka Lawsuits

A Moscow court on Thursday rejected three lawsuits filed against City Hall by relatives of hostages who died as a result of last fall's theater siege.