Articles by Vladimir Goryachev



Supreme Court Finds Violations in Pussy Riot Prison Sentences

The Supreme Court has found violations in the sentence handed down to members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot and ordered a review of their case.

Transportation Ministry Against Limiting Aircraft Service Life

The Transportation Ministry is against limiting the service life of planes, going against an idea proposed by State Duma deputies in the wake of a fatal plane crash in Kazan on Nov. 17.

Vasilyeva and Serdyukov Accused of Pressuring Oboronservis Case Witnesses

A witness in the Oboronservis case has accused former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Yevgenia Vasilyeva, a key suspect in the Oboronservis fraud case, of pressuring witnesses into giving false testimony.

Moscow State University Rector Denies Massive Staff Cuts

The head of Moscow State University on Thursday vigorously denied an allegation by a group of academics that Russia's leading institution of higher education is planning mass dismissals, calling the accusation "completely false information."

Economist and Kremlin Critic Aleksashenko Moves to Washington

Former Central Bank deputy chairman Sergei Aleksashenko has left Russia and will work at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., he said by e-mail Tuesday.

Sports Ministry to Oversee Stadium Construction for World Cup 2018

The sports ministry may gain oversight responsibility for the construction of football stadiums for the World Cup in 2018, with the right to commission work without going through a tendering process, according to a proposal submitted to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia Softens Charge in Greenpeace Case

The Investigative Committee said it had dropped the piracy charges against 30 people who were on board Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship, replacing them with accusations of hooliganism.

Navalny Backs Economic Amnesty, Windfall Tax on Privatized Assets

Mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny has voiced support for an economic amnesty and a windfall tax on some privatized assets at a high-profile meeting with businessmen and top executives, Vedomosti reported.

A Quarter of Private Pension Funds Post Losses in the First Half of 2013

Of 59 local pension fund portfolios managed by 48 private companies, 15 posted a loss in the first half of the year, according to Russian Pension Fund data.

Russia Tells Tourists Not to Go to Egypt

Tour operators stand to lose millions of dollars as Russian travelers cancel their vacations to the nation beset by unrest.

Gazprom Split Mulled as a Response to Shale Gas Revolution

The Kremlin may respond to the "shale gas revolution" by splitting Gazprom into two companies in charge of gas production and transportation, a news report said Monday.

Antitrust Suspects Samsung, Nokia, Dell of Violating Copyright Law

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has revealed a list of 23 importers whom the watchdog suspects of failing to pay copyright fees to the Russian Union of Right-Holders, a news report said Monday.

Alfa Sets Up Venture With Irish Company

Alfa Group will help IBRC recover assets previously owned by Quinn Group.

U.S. 'Tried to Use' Deceased Russian Kids as Organ Donors

The Foreign Ministry said organs from adopted Russian children who died in the U.S. may have been used in transplants, a news report said Monday.

Bolivia Approves Gazprom's Buy of Gas Project Stake

The lower house of Bolivia's legislative assembly passed a bill allowing GP Exploracion SL, a Gazprom subsidiary, to acquire a 20 percent stake in the Aquio and Ipati natural gas blocks from Total, a news report said Thursday.

Shuvalov Dampens Regions' Expectations for World Cup Financing

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said that the 540 billion rubles ($18 billion) the regions have asked for preparation for the football World Cup in Russia in 2018 is more than the government considers reasonable, a news report said.