Contents tagged with Kremlin

  • Russian constitution rewritten in four days

    The work group which Russian President Vladimir Putin established to change the constitution announced on Monday that it has drafted constitutional amendments which will affect at least 14 articles.

    A work group of 75 people, including senators, MPs and legal experts, as well as Cossack ataman Nikolay Doluda, pianist Denis Matsuev, and two times Olympic champion Yelena Isinbaeva, took only four days (January 16-19) to draft the constitutional reforms which promise to be the most far-reaching …

  • Putin fires Prosecutor General

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested to the Federation Council that Yury Chaika be removed from the position of prosecutor general of Russia, which he has held for nearly 14 years.

    Chaika “will move on to other work”, the Kremlin’s press service told Interfax. To replace him, Putin has nominated Igor Krasnov, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee, the press service noted.

    44 year-old Krasnov worked from 1997 to 2007 in the prosecution offices, after which he moved to …

  • Russian Foreign Minister’s real estate value is more than he would earn in 100 years

    600 million rubles or approximately $9.74 million dollars. This is roughly the value of the real estate that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov owns, reports the Russian publication The Insider.

    Among the real estate properties of the Russian Foreign Minister there is a 499 square-meter three- story house with a lot of land in the village of Shchukovka near the Rublevo-Uspenskoye highway. This mansion has been listed in Lavrov's declaration since 2014. Its market value is more than 300 …

  • Kremlin: It is pointless for Russia to attend G7 summit

    The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the Group of Seven (G7, which includes France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Canada, the US and Japan) has lost its significance as an instrument of global governance, since most important matters are resolved in other formats, for example at G20 summits, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Interfax in an interview.

    According to him, Moscow does not wish to return to the organization, and has not received an invitation to the next G7 summit …

  • Five Russian billionaires earned more in 2019 than the entire population of Russia

    At a time when the incomes of most Russian citizens are still stagnating after a record dip since the 1990s, Russia’s billionaires have continued to amass wealth at a startling rate.

    According to Forbes, the five wealthiest Russians became $27 billion richer.

    Converted to rubles at the current exchange rate, Nornickel stakeholder Vladimir Potanin, Novatek co-owner Leonid Mikhelson, Lukoil president Vagit Alekperov, Vladimir Putin’s “friend” Gennady Timchenko and Power Machines’ owner Alexey …

  • Kremlin: payment of $2.9 billion to Ukraine was a difficult decision

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Vesti Nedeli program on Russia-1 TV channel that Gazprom's $2.9 billion payment to Naftogaz of Ukraine was a difficult decision for the Russian side.

    "There was a choice between bad and worse. But all of us together, we can lose much more, unprecedented amounts," said Kozak as quoted by TASS.

    In mid-December, Gazprom and Naftogaz agreed on the terms and volumes of Russian gas transit to Europe. The parties also agreed to give up mutual claims. …

  • Kremlin promises to respond to Nord Stream 2 sanctions

    Russia is analyzing the situation surrounding the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Due to the threat of US sanctions, the Swiss company Allseas, which was providing its pipe-laying vessels to Gazprom, recently ceased its involvement in the project, halting progress.

    Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia will not fail to respond to Washington’s new wave of anti-Russian sanctions. “Our position is that such sanctions are unacceptable to us,” said Peskov, …

  • Kremlin: there was no significant breakthrough at Normandy Four Summit

    Commenting on the results of the Summit with the participation of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France, the press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Normandy Four meeting in Paris did not lead to a significant breakthrough, reports TASS.

    "Did the Normandy Four Summit resume after a long break? Yes, it did. Was a significant breakthrough achieved? No," said Peskov in an interview with Channel One Russia.

    Earlier, Peskov declared that intentions of Kyiv to …

  • Kremlin confirms meeting of Putin and Zelensky in Paris

    An Aide to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov  said during the “Moscow.Kremlin.Putin” TV program that Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky plan to meet during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, but much will depend on the schedule.

    "It all depends on how the situation will develop," said Ushakov, as quoted by Interfax.

    Ushakov also added that the presidents "can step aside and talk for 30 minutes, or an hour and a half."

    The Press Secretary of the Russian …

  • It’s a miracle: Relatives of Putin’s former bodyguards, appointed as governors, are suddenly rich

    Relatives of Putin’s former bodyguards have suddenly become rich and successful businessmen after the Russian president decided to appoint his bodyguards as governors, according to a study published by the Russian news outlet Proyekt.

    Four members of the Federal Protective Service (FSO) became governors, although only two have retained the position to this day. Their relatives have apparently had better luck, because, as the article points out, they have been making good money by collaborating …