AP - The departure of Russia's influential finance minister and the impending power swap between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won't have any immediate impact on Russia's economic policies or its debt rating, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday.
[AP] - The departure of Russia's influential finance minister and the impending power swap between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won't have any immediate impact won Russia's economic policies or its debt rating, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was due Wednesday to push for closer ex-Soviet integration after the surprise announcement of a free trade zone being created in the former communist bloc.Former KGB agent Putin has put a closer union with the now-sovereign republics at the top of his agenda since announcing plans to return to the Kremlin in a job swap with President Dmitry Medvedev in March.
MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin works so much it is difficult for him to have a personal life, his spokesman has claimed, while dodging rumours that the Russian president has secretly remarried.
Dmitry Peskov has been forced to deal with claims that Mr Putin married Alina Kabayeva, a 30-year-old politician and former Olympic gymnast, in a church ceremony last week.
President Dmitry Medvedev has lost his political influence to a "significant extent" after the announcement of his decision to swap jobs with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the country's ex-finance minister said.
Russia's ruling duo toasted each other with glasses of milk Friday at a lunch of traditional farm products contributed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.Putin was shown on television telling President Dmitry Medvedev to help himself to a giant round loaf of traditional rye bread and a basket of packets of milk and kefir, a drink similar to yoghurt."Let's tuck in," Putin invited Medvedev, who quipped: "It's good that you did not come empty-handed."
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Saturday strongly backed President Dmitry Medvedev's call for radical economic modernization, in an apparent bid to smother talk of differences between the leaders.Medvedev had in a state-of-the-nation address on November 12 made his strongest call yet for Russia to end its dependence on oil exports and modernize its economy, in a speech some analysts saw as a challenge to Putin.