Russia's leading online social network was briefly banned on Friday, in a move dismissed as a "mistake" but which follows intensifying official pressure on the company.» Read More
Russia's leading online social network was briefly banned on Friday, in a move dismissed as a "mistake" but which follows intensifying official pressure on the company.
*VKontakte is Europe's largest home-grown network. MOSCOW, May 24- Russia's leading online social network was briefly banned on Friday, in a move dismissed as a "mistake" but which follows intensifying official pressure on the company as President Vladimir Putin consolidates his power.
BERLIN- German business sentiment rises far more than expected in May, rebounding after two consecutive falls and suggesting Europe's largest economy is picking up steam after posting anaemic growth in the first quarter. ( GERMANY- ECONOMY/, expect by 0930 GMT/ 5.30 AM ET, by Sarah Marsh, 600 words).
MOSCOW, May 24- Russia's top online social network was banned on Friday from distributing content across the country, raising concerns of a clampdown on a forum used by President Vladimir Putin's opponents to organise protests.
*Israel hopes gas finds will strengthen diplomatic hand. TEL AVIV, May 22- Israel's newfound natural gas reserves will boost its regional clout and could help it improve ties with neighbouring states in need of new energy sources, Energy Minister Silvan Shalom said.
MOSCOW, May 22- Foreign banks that once treated Russia as virgin land where easy money could be made are now finding it a cut-throat market tougher than some bargained for.
*French bank's Russia strategy questioned. MOSCOW, May 16- The head of Societe Generale's Russian unit Rosbank was charged with bribery on Thursday after investigators released a film of him with cash piled on his office desk in what several bankers said may have been a set up.
Russia is set for 10 years of anemic growth, according to economists, who said the slowdown is predominantly due to low investment and structural factors.
MOSCOW, May 15- The chief executive of Societe Generale's Russian unit was held in Moscow on Wednesday on suspicion of receiving bribes, dealing a blow to the French bank's hopes of achieving a turnaround on its primary foreign market.
MOSCOW, May 15- Russia's government has no room to raise spending, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday, stoking a debate over whether fiscal stimulus should be deployed to revive flagging economic growth.
LONDON/ GENEVA, May 14- Gunvor will beef up its assets by buying or building refineries and terminals from Asia to Africa as opportunities for trading grow with oil majors shifting their focus to producing energy, the trading house said on Tuesday. The firm is co-owned by Gennady Timchenko, seen as one of the closest allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The victim's 22- year-old friend and a former convict aged 27 were detained for the attack, which gay rights activists say is a brutal example of rising violence against homosexuals in the year since President Vladimir Putin latched on to family values to shore up support in Russia's largely conservative society.
MOSCOW, May 8- He is one of a few people who can stand up to Vladimir Putin, but even Russia's former finance minister failed to persuade the president his economy's problems lie at home not abroad.
By Timothy Heritage and Maria Tsvetkova. MOSCOW, May 7- Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev said as he went on trial on Tuesday that he expected to be jailed over a televised punch-up which he says is a pretext to punish him for criticising the Kremlin.
MOSCOW, May 7- The following are some of the leading stories in Russia's newspapers on Tuesday. -Russia's Justice Ministry has suspended the registration of several political parties including the one set up by the supporters of the popular anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny.
MOSCOW, May 7- Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev goes on trial on Tuesday in a case he portrays as President Vladimir Putin's revenge for criticising the Kremlin and a warning to other rich businessmen.
MOSCOW, May 5- Hundreds of Russian opposition protesters marched in Moscow on Sunday, a day before a bigger rally planned to mark the anniversary of a demonstration that ended in clashes with police and several prosecutions.
By Alexei Anishchuk and Liza Dobkina. ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 2- Enlisting the drama of Prokofiev and the elegance of Tchaikovsky, St Petersburg's new Mariinsky theatre staged a gala opening on Thursday designed to silence critics of the starkly modernist building erected in the heart of Russia's imperial capital.
*Russia aims to make it a major cultural landmark. ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 1- It has been variously described as a sleek piece of modernism or an ugly shopping centre, but whatever Russians think of the exterior of St Petersburg's new Mariinsky Theatre, they will finally get to see inside the much-debated building at its grand opening on Thursday.
*Rosneft says incorporated 11- day TNK-BP performance in Q1 results. The state-owned Rosneft completed the $55 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of TNK-BP at the end of March.