Sergei is an independent researcher, journalist and a former newswire reporter. He spent nearly seven years reporting from Hanoi, Vietnam, during the 1980s and 1990s.

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July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - As Vladimir Putin handed the Russian presidency to his handpicked successor Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday, speculation continued about who would actually run the country.In his inaugural remarks during a grand ceremony at the Kremlin, Medvedev pledged to promote civil and economic freedoms, and the rule of law, saying he would transform Russia into one of the best countries in the world, with the highest living standards.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev continues to send mixed messages about his country's relations with the United States, declaring himself "moderately optimistic" about bilateral ties just days after blaming Washington for the global economic downturn.Last weekend, Medvedev told an economic forum in St. Petersburg that American "selfishness" and "aggressive" policies were responsible for the world financial crisis, global energy shortages and rising food prices.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin says it plans to develop a new generation of high-tech weapons in response to the U.S. deployment of a missile shield and NATO expansion in Europe."It is evident that a new round of the arms race is being unfolded in the world, unfortunately," President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, accusing the U.S. of responsibility."It's not our fault. It does not depend on us, we didn't start it," Putin told a state council meeting in Moscow.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - A diplomatic wrangle between Russia and the United States deepened Friday after a senior American general was quoted as saying the U.S. would like to deploy an anti-missile radar facility in the Caucasus."Let them deploy [a radar]," the Russian Air Force commander Vladimir Mikhailov said Friday. "We have everything necessary for an adequate response."Mikhailov said deploying an anti-missile radar system in the Caucasus would not affect Russia's defense capabilities, but the country would nonetheless have to respond.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin's decision to resume regular long-range bomber patrols appears to stem from a desire to challenge U.S. global dominance and restore its Cold War military power.President Vladimir Putin announced the decision on Friday. He said the aircraft would have "a strategic character," a hint that they would carry nuclear weapons.Putin voiced hope that "our partners" would react to the decision "with understanding."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - President Vladimir Putin has stunned Russia by naming a relatively unknown bureaucrat as his new prime minister, in a move likely to have implications for presidential elections due next March, when Putin is meant to stand down.Putin named 66-year-old Viktor Zubkov as his candidate for the post after accepting the resignation of incumbent Mikhail Fradkov.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In an outcome that was widely predicted, Kremlin-backed candidate Dmitry Medvedev crushed his opponents in Russia's presidential election on Sunday. He vowed to uphold the legacy of his predecessor and mentor.President Vladimir Putin's 42-year-old first deputy prime minister will became Russia's youngest leader since Nicholas II, who was crowned more than a century ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin and top lawmakers Wednesday dismissed criticism of Russia in the State Department's annual human rights report, calling the assessment biased and irrelevant, while throwing out accusations of their own at the United States.Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian presidential council on civil society and human rights, was derisive in her reaction."After [the war in] Iraq, the State Department human rights report became senseless and no one finds it's necessary to respond," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Less than two weeks after naming a new prime minister, President Vladimir Putin made further changes to his cabinet on Monday, but the results indicate there will be little change in the Kremlin's domestic and foreign policies ahead of upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls.The Russian leader said he needed a new, more dynamic team to lead the cabinet through parliamentary polls in December and a presidential election next March.Despite expectations here of significant changes, however, only three ministers were replaced.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Top U.S. administration officials on a visit to Moscow have expressed optimism and reported an unexpectedly positive reception from Russian leaders, given unresolved disputes over missile defense and other issues.Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates late Monday both described a good atmosphere during the first of two days of "2+2" talks with their Russian counterparts. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with the two on Monday, hinted at progress on some important bilateral issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In two moves likely to increase pressure in Iran, Russia is moving towards launching an international uranium enrichment center and towards greater cooperation with the United States over nuclear fuel.Moscow plans to put its planned enrichment center into operation soon, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Monday. The Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to hold a meeting this week to discuss the facility, which is to be set up in Siberia's Irkutsk region.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he will take part in Russia's next parliamentary campaign - a move likely to see him becoming prime minister - has provided the next piece in the puzzle for observers wondering how he plans to wield influence beyond the presidency.Putin said Monday he would head the candidate list for the United Russia Party and that, should the party win Dec. 2 parliamentary elections - as is expected - he would become prime minister. Putin is due to step down as president at the end of his second term next March.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - U.S. missile defense plans for Europe and NATO's eastward expansion are expected to top the agenda when President Bush and outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Sochi on the Russian Black Sea this weekend. Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev also will take part in the talks.Russia is wary of U.S. plans to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and an associated radar system in the Czech Republic to form a shield against possible future missile attacks from the Middle East.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russia has renewed its pledge to build its strategic partnership with China, in a thinly veiled attempt to oppose what Moscow views as American unilateralism.President Vladimir Putin told visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao Monday that the positions of both countries on Iran and North Korea "either coincide or are similar."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Ukraine's parliamentary election was designed to end the country's prolonged political crisis, but initial results suggest that the deep divide between Ukrainian political factions will remain.As no major player appears to have won enough seats to form a majority in the 450-seat parliament, the Verhovna Rada, political maneuvering will continue in the second largest post-Soviet state.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - President Bush and his outgoing Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin concluded their final meeting over the weekend without settling longstanding differences over a missile defense shield, which the United States plans to install in Central Europe.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russian lawmakers insisted Friday that the United States' missile defense system in eastern Europe could have serious repercussions for global security.Deployment of elements of the U.S. anti-missile system in the Czech Republic and Poland would lead to a renewed arms race and a new division of Europe, Russia's State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russian politicians and commentators appear pessimistic about prospects of easing tensions between Moscow and Washington, following a visit to the Russian capital by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.The two held talks over the weekend with President Vladimir Putin and also participated in "two plus two" meetings with their Russian counterparts, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Pledging to counter what it views as threats from NATO's eastward expansion and Washington's proposals to deploy missile shield facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic, Russia is aiming to boost its own military ties with its remaining ally in Eastern Europe, Belarus."We are following and assessing the results of NATO expansion policy, [and] changes in the system of U.S. military bases in Europe," Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russian politicians and analysts have reacted skeptically to a U.S. offer to delay full activation of a Central European missile defense shield, reflecting again the deep suspicion over the proposed system.The U.S. says the shield is needed to protect against a possible missile attack from rogue states like Iran and poses no threat to Russia.