• Medvedev signs decree instructing government employees to travel using Russian airlines

    The Russian government has instructed civil servants to travel using Russian airlines, or air carriers of other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC). The corresponding decree was signed by the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, RBC reported.

    "These new regulations oblige persons whose air travel is reimbursed from the federal budget to buy tickets of Russian airlines," the government’s official website stated.

    The list of acceptable airlines is posted on the official website of Federal …

  • Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: We will not discuss an exchange for Savchenko until a verdict has been reached

    On Saturday, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that the question of transferring Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine will not be discussed until after the court has made its decision.

    On the program "Vesti on Saturday with Sergey Brylev" on the TV channel Russia 1, Zakharova was asked to comment on the issue of a potential deal with Ukraine that would see the transfer of Savchenko and several other political prisoners currently being held in Russia.

    “This is not …

  • Russia plans to set up legal entity to circumvent sanctions against Crimea

    The Russian Federation plans to set up a legal entity to work with foreign companies in the Crimea. This will allow companies to do business in Crimea without fear of violating economic sanctions, as stated by the Russian-controlled head of the Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, Krym.Realii reported.

    "The technicality of the arrangement provides for the creation of a legal entity within Russia that will work with foreign companies who wish to do business in Crimea,” said Aksyonov. He did not disclose …

  • Russian Federation Council does not support prohibiting Russian banks from operating in Ukraine

    Prohibiting national banks from opening branches in Ukraine and other unfriendly countries can disrupt their commercial and financial activities, as stated by Russian Federation Council member Sergey Kalashnikov.

    The Federation Council called the proposal made by the Communist party to prohibit Russian banks from opening branches in Ukraine and other unfriendly countries senseless. According to the Deputy Chair of the Economic Committee of the Russian Duma Sergey Kalashnikov, "so we can build …

  • Russia to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran

    Russia announced that the first S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems will be delivered to Iran in August or September of this year. This statement was made y Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec Corporation amid reports of problems in the implementation of the agreement. The Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing an unnamed Russian official, had written on March 9th that there were problems with payments.

    According to the report, the contract signed last fall assumes that Iran will pay one billion …