Tokyo is competing with China over the route of the pipeline, which is already in the first stage of construction.
Medvedev calls for economy reform Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for profound reform of the economy in his annual state of the nation address. The Soviet model no longer worked, he said, and Russia's survival depended on rapid modernisation based on democratic institutions. An oil and gas-based economy had to be reworked with hi-tech investments. "Instead of a primitive economy based on raw materials, we shall create a smart economy, producing unique knowledge, new goods and technologies,
Putin Announces Run For President in 2012 Russia's President and Prime Minister have unveiled a plan to switch jobs next year. Ending months of intense speculation, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed Saturday that he would run for a third term as President next March. Russia's Constitution has changed and now allows two six-year presidential terms, so a victory could open the doors to a Putin quarter century. If he wins two presidential terms he would be in office until 2024.
Putin prepares the Russian empire to strike back As prime minister for the past four years, Vladimir Putin never really went away. But his looming reincarnation as the all-powerful, executive president of Russia – the country's "paramount leader" in Chinese parlance – poses a stark challenge for which the US, Britain and other beleaguered western powers seem ill- prepared. As president, potentially until 2024, Putin has one overriding objective: the creation of a third, post-tsarist, post-Soviet Russian
- Fall '08
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