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May 2, 2004 | Robert Conquest, Robert Conquest is a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the author of many books, including "Stalin: Breaker of Nations" and "Reflections on a Ravaged Century."
This is an extraordinary book, by two extraordinary people. The Medvedev twins have had different but in some ways complementary lives. Roy was trained as a historian. Zhores is a biologist-geneticist. Roy was one of the most famous of dissidents in the post-1970 Soviet period. Zhores was sent to one of the notorious secret police "psychiatric hospitals," and Roy got him out. While Zhores was in England attending a scientific conference, his Soviet citizenship was revoked.
May 8, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Dmitry Medvedev, a corporate lawyer tapped and groomed for the Kremlin by Vladimir V. Putin, was sworn in as president Wednesday under the watchful gaze of his mentor and predecessor. As soon as the ceremony was over, just as they had planned months ago, Medvedev nominated Putin for prime minister. With the two men apparently poised to rule in tandem, Russians were left waiting with a mix of anxiety and curiosity for hints of who's really in charge: 42-year-old Medvedev, who holds the highest job in the land, or Putin, the former KGB officer and wily politician who seems determined to keep a grip on power.
December 11, 2007 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin anointed a successor Monday, assuring his nation that a longtime confidant who is chairman of the massive state-controlled gas company would steer the Kremlin along the path the incumbent has set for the last eight years. Dmitry Medvedev, a 42-year-old first deputy prime minister who rode Putin's coattails to the Kremlin, has long been regarded as a possible successor. If elected in March's vote, he will become Russia's youngest president.
It was nearly 10 years ago that the invisible streams of radiation gushed from the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl and drifted into the minds and bodies of millions of Soviets. On that day, April 26, 1986, some 50 miles to the south in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, an 11-year-old was practicing the skill that would, someday, make him rich and famous. "I was playing in a tennis tournament," Andrei Medvedev said. "I remember it was a beautiful day, late in the spring. We didn't even know what happened.
January 15, 2005 | By Peter Nicholas and Borzou Daragahi
Presenting a united front on Iran's nuclear energy program, President Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev warned Sunday that they were losing patience with Tehran and wouldn't wait much longer for it to accept a proposal to resolve the dispute. After an hourlong meeting in Singapore on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the two leaders expressed dissatisfaction with Iran's response to a proposal to ship its enriched uranium abroad to be refined further for use in an Iranian reactor to produce medical isotopes.
October 1, 2011 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
By positioning himself to regain the presidency next year and perhaps hold the job well into the next decade, analysts say, Vladimir Putin is placing himself above what many Russians expect to be a dirty campaign for parliament this fall and tough economic reforms to follow. His protege, current President Dmitry Medvedev, not so much. Their announcement at a congress of the ruling United Russia party that the two leaders would switch positions allows Putin to protect his image as a populist and a strong leader.
August 24, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled to Russia for the first time in nearly a decade, holding rare talks Wednesday with President Dmitry Medvedev that made progress on such issues as an energy deal and nuclear disarmament, according to Russian media reports. Meeting in remote eastern Siberia, the two leaders brought varying agendas, experts say: Kim is desperate for economic aid for his starving country while Medvedev seeks to bolster Russia's role in northeast Asia and promote its rapidly expanding economy.
March 26, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
The United States and Russia have agreed to a new nuclear arms treaty that will be signed April 8 in Prague, Czech Republic, President Obama announced Friday after speaking with his Russian counterpart. The treaty substantially cuts the nuclear weapons that the United States and Russia will deploy and will significantly reduce missiles and launchers, Obama said. It follows a 1991 treaty that expired in December and about which the United States and Russia have been negotiating. "In many ways, nuclear weapons represent both the darkest days of the Cold War, and the most troubling threats of our time," Obama said.
September 15, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
It is a spectacle as old as Kremlin intrigue, but new to the Russia of Vladimir Putin. The country's main national television channels, all controlled by the Kremlin, have launched a series of blistering reports accusing one of the heavyweights of Russian politics, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, of neglecting his duties, abusing his office and engaging in corruption. Analysts have little doubt that the reports represent a campaign against the mayor, who has been in office for 18 years, a period in which his wife has amassed a fortune in the construction business estimated at $2.9 billion.
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