April 3, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- The Russian government has no idea how about 44% of the country's registered workers are making a living, a top official said Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said the government is unaware of what's happening with about 38 million of the 86 million Russians registered as workers. About 48 million people are working in sectors of the economy that officials “can see and understand,” she said. “It is unclear what everybody else is involved in and to what extent,” Golodets said at an international economic conference at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
March 21, 2013 |
The Bolshoi Ballet will be the subject of a government audit after January's acid attack on the company's artistic director, according to an Associated Press report. The legendary dance company has been in the international spotlight after assailants threw acid in the face of artistic director Sergei Filin near his Moscow home. PHOTOS: Bolshoi acid attack Russia's audit agency said Thursday that the investigation had been planned in advance, according to the AP. It said the audit isn't linked to the accusations of financial abuse raised by Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who was arrested this month on charges of staging the attack on Filin.
February 20, 2013 |
News swirled this week that a 3-year-old adopted from Russian who died in a Texas hospital last month had bruises on his body, stoking the already sensitive topic of Americans adopting Russian toddlers. While one Russian official characterized the Jan. 21 death of Max Alan Shatto as “inhuman treatment” at the hands of American adoptive parents, federal, state and local officials in the U.S. stressed prudence as the investigation continues. The Sheriff's Department in Ector County, Texas, where the boy's parents live, launched an investigation into the case after responding to a local emergency room, where the boy died, department spokesman Gary Duesler said.
January 18, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russia has prepared the “Guantanamo list” of U.S. officials who will be denied entry visas, officials in Moscow said Friday, the latest apparent retaliation for a U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russians over the death of an activist lawyer. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of parliament, said Friday the list as drafted last month initially included 11 U.S. officials involved in running the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and other sites allegedly used by the U.S. and its allies as secret prisons to hold terrorism suspects.
December 28, 2012 |
MOSCOW -- Russia is ready to meet with leaders of the opposition group seeking to overthrow Moscow's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, a high Russian official confirmed Friday. "We expressed readiness to meet with [the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces] head A. M. al Khatib and are still inclined to do it,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a news conference in Moscow after meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Kamel Amr. “We understand that they don't have objections to the proposal to meet.” Russia has long been one of Assad's staunchest supporters, along with Iran.
December 13, 2012 |
BEIRUT -- A top Russian official conceded Thursday that time may be running out for Moscow's close ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as the latest in a series of car bomb attacks reportedly killed 16 outside the Syrian capital. "We must face the facts: The possibility exists that the [Syrian] government may progressively lose control over an increasing part of the territory," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in Moscow, according to Russian news accounts. "An opposition victory can't be excluded.