Military plans show of force in High Arctic

With Canadas combat mission in Afghanistan winding down, the military is preparing a greater show of force in the High Arctic just as Russia is expanding its own presence in the region. </p>

// Jul. 04, 2011 - 16:17 GMT

Greek gift to Russia’s Gazprom

Plans for privatization of Greeces key assets in order to raise cash to cover the countrys soaring national debt begin to take shape, Greek natural gas company DEPA is in the cross hairs of major energy companies, especially Russian gas monopoly Gazprom. </p>

// Jul. 04, 2011 - 16:14 GMT

China and Russia redraw international battles lines on Libya

China and Russia, staunch critics of NATOs air campaign against Col. Muammer Qaddafi, are subtly increasing pressure on the embattled Libyan leader to agree to a diplomatic resolution of the four month-old crisis in his country that would end his 41 years in office. </p>

// Jul. 01, 2011 - 16:37 GMT

Even Mikhail Prokhorov’s charm won’t change Russia

Some observers hope that Prokhorov's business background will lead to profound changes in Russian politics. But the most important ingredient for success in Russia today — in both business and politics — is working within and, if possible, with the system.

// Jul. 01, 2011 - 16:31 GMT

Russia uses its airwaves, and then its power lines, to strike at Belarus president

Russias irritation with its neighbor Belarus became more apparent on Wednesday when a state-controlled television station here broadcast a documentary damning the Belarussian president for mismanaging the economy, after which a Russian utility cut off about an eighth of that countrys electricity, claiming it had not been paid. </p>

// Jun. 30, 2011 - 16:48 GMT

As US slowly withdraws from Afghanistan, regional neighbors should step up

A US and NATO withdrawal raises the stakes in Afghanistan for Pakistan, India, China, Russia, and Iran. It's time for these regional powers to join together in a conference on Afghanistan, based on common concerns and shared interests.

// Jun. 30, 2011 - 16:45 GMT

Sovcomflot: looking for gold in Arctic oil shipping

The Russian shipping company says the melting of the ice cap will eventually allow year round shipments of oil through Russias Arctic seas and ease the development of offshore oil fields in the area. </p>

// Jun. 30, 2011 - 16:41 GMT

New liberal parties aim to crack United Russia's political monopoly

Call it a tale of two parties with an unfolding plot that may reveal if there are genuine reformist forces inside the Kremlin scheming to undermine the centralized, authoritarian system built by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his presidency.

// Jun. 29, 2011 - 15:54 GMT

Iran allowed Russian technicians visit downed US drones

A high ranking Iranian military official told FARS, a team of Russian experts have paid a visit to Iran in recent days to study the remains of US manufactured drones which have been brought down by Iranian Armed Forces. The drones were reportedly flying within Iranian controlled areas in the Persian Gulf.

// Jun. 29, 2011 - 15:49 GMT

20 years after Soviet soldiers left the Czech Republic, Russians move in

Nearly 32,000 Russians with either temporary or long-term residency permits live in the Czech Republic. This isnt a lot in a country of 10 million but the official number is swelled by thousands more who commute between Moscow and Prague while taking with them some of their hard-earned money away from what they see as unstable Russia into the safety of Czech-based banks. </p>

// Jun. 29, 2011 - 15:44 GMT