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Moscow to Create a Joint Russia-Armenia Military Group

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By Marina Romanova

az-qa-location-enPresident Vladimir Putin has approved a proposal to create a joint Russian and Armenian military group, two countries media reports, quoting the decree. The military cooperation project was proposed by the Russian Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and other federal agencies involved.

According to the document, dated 12 November and published on Monday, November 14th, Putin has ordered the Defense Ministry and the Foreign Ministry to hold talks with Armenia on reaching an agreement on a subject matter.

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Russian Art Market to Return to the Health

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By Marina Romanova

lott48-1This summer London’s Russian art sales at four London auction houses – Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams and MacDougall’s – were the lowest in over a decade in records dating to 2007 at £16.4 million (around US$21.5m), falling short of their £17.7 million (US$23.2m) target, according to the UK and international press.

In 2015 Russian art sales brought a combined £21.1 million (US$27.69m) – barely over half the £40.7 million (US$53.41m) taken at the previous Russian Week in November 2014, and just one-third of the £64.3 million (US$84.38m) generated by the corresponding week in June 2014, according to Russian Art & Culture.

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Hyundai Motor’s Russia to Ship Cars to Georgia and Tunisia

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By Marina Romanova

asian-alliance-mapHyundai Motor’s Russian plant in St Petersburg will start exporting Russian-assembled cars to Georgia and Tunisia this month, the company said in its statement yesterday.

The world’s fifth-biggest automaker will ship the Solaris, its flagship model in Russia, to Tunisia and its Accent and Creta models to Georgia. Creta will also be exported to Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia and to the Middle Eastern Egypt and Lebanon.

Hyundai Motor’s Russia started producing its second model, Creta crossover, at company’s St Petersburg plant this August. Following an upgrade which cost the equivalent of US$100 million, Hyundai has now added production of the Creta crossover to the facility which formerly built only the Solaris small car.

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Russian court to declare bankruptcy of foreign debtors

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By Marina Romanova

maxresdefault (1)Russia’s court system is making first attempts to develop legal practice to bankrupt individual foreigners living in the country, Russian daily Vedomosti reports.
Earlier this June commercial court of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region of Russia declared Ukrainian citizen Natalia Kuznetsova bankrupt upon her request due to the 1, 5 million rubles debt to local Starbank. Ms. Kuznetsova holds Russian permanent residency and has some assets in her possession.

Another bankruptcy case was brought before the court by Glamin Business Ltd against Akrady Briskin, now German citizen, who failed to pay back his debt of US$17 million. In February 2016, Moscow commercial court acquitted the accused due to impossibility to declare bankruptcy of the foreign citizen. The Glamin Business sent an appeal to the upper chamber of the commercial court, which uphold the ruling at first but later on, at the beginning of this month, has reopen the case for further investigation due to the facts that “defendant owns a property in Russia and was registered as individual entrepreneur.”

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EU to roll over Crimea ban for another year

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By Marina Romanova

The European Union decided last Friday to prolong the ban for a year on business dealings with the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in March, 2014.

The sanctions are prohibit imports and export of certain products from the region, any investment there or cooperation in tourism services.

“The European Council (of member states) has extended until June 23, 2017 the restrictive measures adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia,” the EU official statement said.

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Russia to Introduce Mandatory Language Test for Foreigners

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Oct. 26 – Foreigners who work in residential housing and utilities, retail trade, and services will be required to pass a basic Russian-language test under a bill that the State Duma approved on Tuesday in a key second reading.

The head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovsky, called the measure practical and rejected the idea that it was discriminatory.

“This kind of norm is not discrimination,” he said, according to Interfax. “Knowledge of the official state language is necessary to ensure that migrants are comfortable living in the country and that they have legal literacy and can defend their rights.” Continue reading…

St. Petersburg City Guide

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By RUSSIA CONSULTING

Located on the Neva River at the easternmost part of the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in Russia and the third-largest city in Europe, with some 4.8 million inhabitants. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, it was capital of Imperial Russia for nearly 200 years until Soviet times, when Moscow was re-established as the nation’s capital. The city has been nicknamed the Northern Capital and the Cultural Capital of Russia given its rich history and its status as one of the country’s main intellectual centers. The historic city center of St. Petersburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site. St. Petersburg covers a total area of 1,439 square kilometers with a population density of 3,300 people per square kilometer. Continue reading…

Russian State Officials Featured As Epic Heroes

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Oct. 1 – Sergei Shoigu, a Moscow region governor and ex emergency situations minister, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, have been featured as epic heroes in modern Tuva epos “About Buga Tur Shoigu.”

The epic, composed by PhD Candidate and Tyvan university scholar Aibek Soskal, casts Shoigu as Sergek, an immortal hero whose name translates as “cheerful.” The names given to Medvedev and Putin translate into “bear” and “snake which rules the world,” respectively. Continue reading…

Radio Liberty to Stop Medium Wave Broadcasting in Russia

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Sept. 25 – Radio Liberty will stop medium wave broadcasting in Moscow on November 10, and will switch over to multimedia Internet broadcasting to comply with a new Russian law.

The new law will ban radio broadcasting in Russia by companies that are more than 48 percent owned by foreign individuals or legal entities.

“We are not giving up on our commitment to provide you with Svoboda’s unique perspective on news and events in Russia,” wrote Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President Steve Korn, referring to the network’s Russian name, Radio Svoboda, in a statement posted on the network’s website Monday. Continue reading…

Russia to Help South Korea Reestablish Siberian Tiger Population

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Jul. 23 – Russian conservation specialists will help South Korea to reintroduce Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, which were wiped out on the Korean Peninsula in the early 20th Century.

Russia’s own population of the critically endangered animal has stabilized at about 450 in the Primorye and Khabarovsk regions, largely as a result of intensive conservation and anti-poaching efforts in the past 20 years.

“We discussed how we will continue sharing experiences in preserving tiger species with our Korean colleagues. Korea plans to develop a tiger population, and we have enough experience, we will send experts to help them save the population,” Sergei Donskoi, Natural Resources and Environment Minister said at the APEC Meeting of environment ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in Khabarovsk. Continue reading…

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