Articles by Nabi Abdullaev



Q&A: Learning How to Advertise in Russia

The Kaluga region, an hour's drive southwest of Moscow, has become a haven for investors.John Rose was among the first Americans to come and do business in the former Soviet Union, launching an office of his U.S.-based company in Moscow in 1989 as Russia's first independent advertising and public relations agency.

Recipe: Chakapuli: How Spring Tastes in Georgia

When you return from Georgia, the sweats of local food withdrawal start torturing you almost immediately.

Q&A: How to Make Foreign Business Love Russia

The Kaluga region, an hour's drive southwest of Moscow, has become a haven for investors.

Q&A With Russia's Realty Tycoon-Turned-Helicopter King

A year ago, Russia's private helicopter market was virtually non-existent.

New Book Tells How Russia Took Crimea So Easily

After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine had the second-largest armed forces in Europe (after Russia) and the fourth-largest in the world (after Russia, China and the United States).

Q&A: Moscow City Vies for Investors, Despite Ukraine Tensions

Geopolitical turbulence or not, Moscow's City Hall will plod ahead with plans to double the share of private competitive investments into the city by 2025 to 30 percent of the total capital investments, from the current 15 percent.

Islamist Rebel Leader Renounces Female Suicide Terrorism

In an unexpected departure from one of the most dreaded terrorist strategies, a leader of the North Caucasus Islamist rebels has called on his followers to put an end to female suicide bombings that have claimed hundreds of civilian lives, including in Moscow.

Putin Pulls In Horns Over Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has asked the parliament's upper chamber to revoke a March 1 resolution granting him the authority to use military force in Ukraine.

Putin Acts to Calm Investors

President Vladimir Putin attempted to reassure global business leaders — jittery over the US-led sanctions campaign against Russia — to stay in the country as he met with them in St. Petersburg on Friday.

Business Leaders in St. Petersburg Debate Russian Economic Growth

As Russia's economic growth fizzles, dozens of top Russian officials, businesspeople and foreign CEOs put their heads together in St. Petersburg on Thursday in a quest for new drivers to boost the country's economy.

Medvedev Takes Credit for South Ossetian War

Three years after the brief South Ossetian war, the personal animosity of the Russian leadership toward Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili remains the biggest obstacle in relations between the two countries, according to President Dmitry Medvedev.

News Analysis: Vladimir Putin's 2012 Dilemma

Both Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev have repeatedly suggested that they may run in the 2012 presidential election. But neither has announced an official bid, and they have put considerable effort into keeping everyone guessing.

Union of Architects Snubs PutinТs Front

The Russian Union of Architects became the first public group to snub Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's All-Russia People's Front on Monday, days after the front listed it among hundreds of federal and regional public entities on its web site.

Smiles but Little Else as Medvedev Meets Obama

Tackling perhaps the most divisive issue in relations between Russia and the United States, Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama agreed Thursday to press ahead in their search for a solution on missile defense in Europe that would satisfy the security demands of both their countries.

Medvedev's Big Presser Disappoints

President Dmitry Medvedev's much-awaited first "big" news conference on Wednesday left hundreds of journalists and many pundits disappointed and confused.

Kremlin Got Tip on Bin LadenТs Death

Vladimir Putin was the first international leader to call George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Now President Obama has returned the favor, notifying the Kremlin that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden before making the public announcement.

Lavrov Eases Libya Stance, But NATO Rift Stays

A critical rift between NATO and Russia over a European missile shield appeared to ossify Friday, even as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov toned down Moscow's criticism of the alliance's military operation in Libya.

European Court Rebukes Law on Parties

In a stiff rebuke of authorities' efforts to sideline opposition parties, the European Court of Human Rights has declared Russia's law on political parties as draconian and ruled that the 2007 dissolution of the opposition Republican Party was unjustified.

Kremlin Turns to Supercomputer for Advice

The Kremlin has ordered the creation of a supercomputer that will provide the next president with policy recommendations based on an analysis of what bloggers write about the government, insiders involved in the $220 million project said.

Medvedev Toughens Stance on Graft

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday backed tougher checks on the income declarations of government officials, called for stronger anti-corruption measures in state procurements, and introduced new rules for implementing his orders.

Kremlin Sees Peril in Arab Unrest

In remarks more natural for his hawkish predecessor, Vladimir Putin, President Dmitry Medvedev said the latest revolts in the Arab world were instigated by outside forces that were also scheming to topple the authorities in Russia.

Medvedev Blames Airport for Suicide Blast

President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday described security at Domodedovo Airport as "simply a state of anarchy" and promised to hold airport management responsible for a suicide bombing that killed at least 35 people, including four foreigners.

Blast Kills 34 at Domodedovo

A powerful explosion tore through the baggage claim area at the international arrivals hall of MoscowТs Domodedovo Airport on Monday, killing at least 34 people and injuring about 170 others in what President Dmitry Medvedev called a terrorist attack.

Putin Calls for Fewer Jury Trials

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday called for further restrictions on the use of jury trials in Russia, saying that only federal courts should consider them.

'Synced' Approval Of Treaty In Doubt

U.S. Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar smiling during a press conference after the Senate ratified the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty.

Tandem Always Watching, Putin Says

Russia is never abandoned by the watchful eye of its two rulers, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said during a record Q&A marathon in which he lashed out at the opposition.

Serdyukov Hopes NATO Plan Leak Is Fake

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said he hoped a WikiLeaks report about NATO's contingency plan to defend the Baltic states from potential Russian aggression was false.

Putin Opens Up to Larry King

Russia is ready to begin a new arms race if NATO fails to come to terms with Moscow over a joint missile shield in Europe, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Putin Issues Warning on New START

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in an interview with CNN's Larry King that Russia might be forced to build up its nuclear forces against the West if the United States fails to ratify the New START.

Medvedev Bland in Annual Address

President Dmitry Medvedev did not say a word about political stagnation or United RussiaТs monopoly on power during his annual state-of-the-nation address Tuesday, passing up a chance to elaborate on remarks he made last week.