The Valdai International Discussion Club has hosted the presentation in Moscow of a new report "National Identity and Russia’s Future." The report is based on the results of the Valdai Club’s 10th anniversary conference held in September 2013. The Voice of Russia talked to Igor Makarov , a lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, one othe authors of a new paper "National Identity and Russia’s Future".
Russia will issue 25 souvenir collection palm-sized silver coins featuring President Putin's portrait and a map of Crimea to commemorate the reunification with the peninsula.
The Crimea's railway has to be reconstructed. The project is still being discussed, that's why nobody can define its exact cost. However, experts say that the project requires at least three and a half billion dollars. The Crimea is waiting for immense waves of tourists and loads from the continental Russia. That's why the Crimea's railway system should be united with the Russian one.
A group of over 300 German intellectuals has wrote an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, expressing their support about Russia's policies in Ukraine and warning that the United States was seeking to prevent Ukraine from becoming a bridge linking Russia and Europe, RIA Novosti reports.
The world's biggest petitions website, Change.org, has posted an open letter to Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which it thanked Russian mediators for their balanced approach towards ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere and pledged support of a large group of Westerners who are unhappy about their governments' take on global threats, RIA Novosti reports.
Russia should reinforce the guarding of its boundaries in the Arctic region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Oil and gas extraction sites, loading terminals, and pipelines should be reliably protected from terrorists and other potential threats," Putin said at a session of the Russian Security Council dealing with the state policy in the Arctic region on Tuesday.
Russia must safeguard each parcel of the continental shelf in its part of the Arctic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. The Russian President reminded that Russia has declared earlier its right to 52,000-square-kilometer area of the Sea of Okhotsk, the bottom of which is the continuation of Russia's continental shelf.
The Arctic region has been and remains to be within the focus of Russia's special interests, says Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Virtually all aspects of national security, including the military-political, economic, technological, environmental, and resource spheres - are concentrated here.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the participants of a teen polar expedition who returned from the North Pole, offering them a role in youth projects of the Russian Geographical Society. "Your expedition was very difficult. The ice pack floated away. On top of that there was abnormally cold weather for this time of the year, 45 degrees below zero," Putin said, adding that they should take part in youth projects of the Russian Geographical Society, which the president supervises.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the country’s government to set a zero VAT (value-added tax) rate for air traffic to and from the Russian Republic of Crimea starting from June 1.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with the Russian Security Council on Tuesday on the fulfilment of Russia’s policy in the Arctic in the interests of national defense, the Kremlin press service reported.
The United States is not yet considering a possibility of introducing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Ukraine, US State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote Monday in a Twitter interview with the Echo Moskvy radio station.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the new Secretary General of NATO, former Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg, will undertake wiser politics than the current Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Danish PM.
The Russian presidential decree on the measures rehabilitating the peoples of Crimea involves an instruction to the Russian government to assist in the creation and development of national cultural autonomies. The decree rehabilitating the Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, Crimean Tatar and German peoples has been posted on the official legal news portal.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the rehabilitation of ethnic minorities who suffered during the repression of the Stalin era.
President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian government managed to maintain growth despite the difficult situation in the global economy. "The Russian government, in conditions of a fairly difficult situation in the global economy, managed to nonetheless maintain a positive dynamic of development," he said on Saturday at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma a draft law on the creation of Russia's fifth gambling zone in the Republic of Crimea.
Putin approves amendments to law to allow Russian-speakers in former Soviet Union to acquire Russian citizenship – Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has had contacts with Viktor Yanukovych because the latter remains the legitimate President of Ukraine even after his arrival in Russia, the Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.