Russia’s new prototype ballistic missile test-fired on Wednesday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrom is a ground-based analogue of the submarine-launched Bulava ballistic missile.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will replace President Vladimir Putin on another foreign trip – this time to Kazakhstan. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has repeatedly invited Putin to Astana to mark the 20th anniversary of the Kazakh-Russian friendship agreement, but the Kremlin has already announced that Putin will pay his first foreign trip after inauguration to Belarus. Medvedev will go to Kazakhstan on May 28, and Putin will visit his Kazakh colleague in early June.
The head of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, Alexander Reymer, may be dismissed as part of a looming large-scale personnel reshuffle, sources in Russia’s security services and the presidential administration said.
A total of 57 percent of Muscovites trust Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an 18 percent increase since January, according to a public survey conducted by the state-run Moscow Information Technologies pollster.
Tomislav Nikolich’s third attempt to become Serbia’s president was successful. Serbia needs a goal-oriented leader who will be able to solve many problems in the next few years.
Amnesty International has published its annual report on the situation with human rights across the world. The group pointed to a growing number of opposition protests in Russia, which the authorities have been trying to suppress.
(Kommersant, Moskovskiye Novosti)
If the current political crisis in Russia overlaps with an economic recession, opposition sentiments may spill well beyond Moscow, threatening President Vladimir Putin’s regime, analysts from the Moscow-based Center for Strategic Research have warned.
(Vedomosti, Moskovskiye Novosti)
“If we ask citizens to obey the law, we ourselves should be flawless,” Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Russia’s newly appointed interior minister and former Moscow police chief, said in an interview.
Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport will have no alternative operator, a source in Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya, said. A new runway will be built at the airport by 2015.
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