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  • MOSCOW, May 5- The head of Russia's Rosneft earns at least 15- 20 million roubles a month, the oil company said on Tuesday, disclosing Igor Sechin's basic salary after President Vladimir Putin encouraged greater wage transparency. Rosneft, which is under Western sanctions due to Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, bought its peer TNK-BP for $55 billion in 2013,...

  • MOSCOW— A member of Russia's parliament has asked prosecutors to determine whether Apple violated Russia's ban on gay "propaganda" when it delivered U2's latest album to a half-billion iTunes users for free last year. Izvestia, a newspaper loyal to the Kremlin, reported Wednesday that it has a copy of Alexander Starovoitov's appeal to prosecutors in which he...

  • MOSCOW, April 30- Russia's central bank cut its main lending rate by 1-1/ 2 percentage points on Thursday, its third rate cut this year, a sign that it believes the worst of an economic crisis is over. The cut to 12.5 percent follows the rouble's recovery in recent weeks after a dramatic decline last year as global oil prices fell and Western economic sanctions over...

  • Russia looks set to extend import ban on Western food Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 30- Russia looks likely to extend a ban on Western food imports beyond an Aug. 7 deadline, with a lack of incentive to lift its embargo due to the prospect of extended European sanctions. The ban on most food imports from the United States, European Union and other countries worth $9 billion is due to run out on Aug. 7, a year after it was imposed in...

  • Putin says Russia over worst of economic downturn Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country's economy has weathered the worst of its downturn even though it appears headed for a deep recession. Speaking in St. Petersburg at an event organized by the Russian People's Front, a government-sponsored campaign group, Putin said the country would still feel the effects of economic trouble in the...

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Novatek, Russia's second-biggest gas producer, said on Tuesday it had extended its gas supply contract with Gazprom- owned utility firm Mosenergo to the end of 2019.. Novatek, whose largest shareholders are France's Total and businessman Gennady Timchenko, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, is to sell 9 billion cubic metres of natural gas per...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 27- President Vladimir Putin accused some of Russia's "quasi-partners" on Monday of counting on the country's collapse by cutting its banks off from the global financial system at a time when oil prices had plunged. Speaking in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, Putin said they had been proved wrong and the economy had easily...

  • Vostochny, under construction in a remote area in the Far East, is a priority project that will give Russia its own facility for manned space launches and ease its reliance on a launch pad in Kazakhstan. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday that 58 million rubles in wages is to be paid by April 30. On Monday, the regional prosecutor's office said...

  • YEREVAN, Armenia— French President Francois Hollande says he has still not decided on whether France will deliver a Mistral-class warship to Russia amid growing speculation that he could choose to refund it. France suspended the delivery "until further notice" last year because of the conflict in Ukraine. The Mistral-class helicopter carrier was part of a 1.2...

  • Russia, France close to deal on Mistrals - source Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    YEREVAN, April 24- Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian source close to talks indicated on Friday. France suspended the delivery of the warships last year after the European Union decided to impose sanctions on Russia over the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander has asked the U.S. intelligence agency to review patent filings by his company to make sure that they do not reveal any secrets or misappropriate any government work. Alexander told Reuters he took the step to head off additional controversy about IronNet Cybersecurity, a...

  • UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF, while Russia's...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with state oil company YPF, while...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian gas producer Gazprom was looking into the possibility of jointly developing hydrocarbon deposits in Argentina.

  • *Gazprom calls charges "unfounded", seeks political agreement. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Union launched a legal attack on Gazprom on Wednesday, stoking tension with Moscow as it accused the Russian gas giant of overcharging buyers in Eastern Europe and hindering competition. The EU's new antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, who a week ago announced a...

  • MOSCOW, April 22- President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, a move that could strengthen the ministry. Russia's former agriculture minister, Nikolai Fyodorov, was appointed as an adviser to Putin, the Kremlin said in a statement.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- President Vladimir Putin has proposed appointing Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

  • ATHENS, April 21- Greece held "constructive" talks with the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom who visited Athens on Tuesday and hopes that the two sides would soon reach a deal on a pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Europa via its territory. Greece expressed interest in the pipeline during talks between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President...

  • Kazakh leader to extend long rule, promises stability Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:57 AM ET

    ALMATY, April 21- President Nursultan Nazarbayev will extend his nearly 26- year rule of Kazakhstan in an election on Sunday which investors hope will maintain stability in the Central Asian state despite criticism of his rights record. The 74- year-old former steelworker has held power since 1989 when the oil-producing nation of 17 million stretching from...

  • LONDON, April 20- Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is...