Monthly Archives: November 2010

Inforusia International Media Seminar – 28/29 November, Bucharest

International Media Seminar organized by agency inforusia.ro will be held 28-29 November 2010 in Bucharest. “Perception of Russia in the European and Romanian media” is the title under which the event takes place that will bring together renowned journalists and opinion formers from the Russia, CIS countries, Romania and other European countries.

Topics of meeting’s agenda will be occasion for participants to discuss the historical landmarks in Russia’s relations with Eastern European countries, the correct presentation of the realities of russian space in Russian and European media and will invite attendees to submit concrete suggestions to improve the quality and accuracy of media information.

The event will be broadcast live by inforusiaTV.

Update:

Kremlin’s strategist Gleb Pavlovsky:”Medvedev is designating his disagreement with Russia’s current political structure”

Modernization of Russia and the street lamps of a Bashkortostan villagePreamble to the State of the Nation Adress

Nearly a year after launching the program ”Modernization of Russia„ – the version update to the article “Russia, forward!”, President Medvedev seems to have lost patience. The need for change of vision claimed by President Medvedev hasn’t generated changes in attitude among Russian politicians. So in a recent video post on Presidential blog, Dmitry Medvedev warns that : “At a

 

Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev

certain point, our political life started showing symptoms of stagnation,  and stagnation is equally damaging to both the ruling party and the opposition forces”. His statements came ahead of a major policy address (equivalent to the State of the Union annual speech delivered by U.S. President) the Kremlin chief will deliver to the two houses of parliament Tuesday — a speech that will be read closely for signs of whether Medvedev plans to stand for reelection in 2012.

Although political analysts consider President Medvedev comments an unprecedented attack on the United Russia party that has ruled Russia for the past decade, few are those who believe in a split tandem Putin – Medvedev, even if the Prime Minister Putin is head of the party so harshly criticized by the president. “Medvedev is designating his disagreement with Russia’s current political structure” said Kremlin’s strategist Gleb Pavlovsky. Besides, during the launch program aimed at modernizing Russia’s Gleb Pavlovsky argued that Medvedev’s statement was a signal that would be desirable a more active involvement of the United Russia party for implement in reality its political objectives and its isn’t an antithesis of Vladimir Putin, it is part of the natural evolution of the vision its predecessor that sketched it for Russia. The same opinion: “Medvedev is running for a second term, and I think that Medvedev believes that Putin will support him” said Yevgeny Minchenko of the International Institute of Political Analysis“.

Noticed that the video post of the blog came after Monday online Internet conference when «the president has played the “good tsar” ahead of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s own upcoming televised call-in show indicates that he has ambitions to run for re-election» said Alexei Makarkin, analyst of the Center for Political Technologies. Remember that about 43 million out of the 141-million Russian population are Internet users. Even fewer know exactly which tasks are included of the Russian presidential powers. So it’s no wonder that the President was asked from residents of a Bashkortostan village “to do something about local street lamps, which only function from 6 p.m to 11 p.m.”. “Those are people who believe that president is a ‹good tsar› who will solve their problems” Makarkin said.

Baku Summit of Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan)

More preparatory meetings of foreign ministers of five Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan) were held in Baku (capital of Azerbaijan). Meetings during which the diplomats decided the final form of documents on the sea legal regime’s convention which is to be signed by heads of states in the summit on Thursday. According Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, at Baku Summit will be sign more document of security cooperation of Caspian Sea states which was approved by special representatives of the littoral countries’ session in Baku last week.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev join Baku summit. Also Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad   which is accompanied by senior aide Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi, Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

Iranian and Azeri high-ranking delegations hold talks

In a press conference with Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday in Azerbaijan, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said that: “Iran and Azerbaijan share views on Caspian Sea and we believe that Caspian Sea is the sea of peace and brotherhood and all littoral states should use it fairly. Iran and Azerbaijan are playing a very leading role in the issue”. Regarding Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, Ahmadinejad said : “we believe that the conflict should be resolved through talks and in a fair manner”. Iran and Azerbaijan also signed an agreement on energy and transportation, notice ISNA.

Also, Ahmadinejad not missed the opportunity of new verbal attack regarding North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) moves. He said: “We do not consider NATO a danger to Iran, since they cannot damage Iranian nation even if they all come together. NATO military moves have no military value for Iran. We regard NATO decision makers as politically backward and their decisions have no value for us and for the future of the world”.

But bilateral talks between Medvedev and Ahmadinejad scheduled for Thursday afternoon are sure to overshadow a summit that in previous meetings has ended with little progress. The Kremlin Wednesday confirmed that the highly anticipated bilateral meeting would take place on the sidelines of the summit. As if anyone would have doubted it, a source in the Russian delegation said  that Medvedev understood the importance of the meeting with Ahmadinejad. Probably, because analysts view the meeting as a last chance to repair relations that were Tehran’s most significant alliance with a major world power before the current crisis.Noticed that Russian-Iranian tensions came to the boil this September when Moscow — after repeated delays — officially dropped plans to supply Tehran with high-precision S-300 missiles and a batch of other sensitive arms. In reply, Iran hasn’t made efforts to hide its displeasure with Russia’s reversal. Ahmadinejad this month accused Russia of falling “under the influence of Satan (the United States)” and selling out “to our enemies”. Surely it isn’t an easy task for President Medvedev to appease Iran, with only a day before his participation in the NATO Summit in Lisbon. But many common commercial interests may be helpful.

The Caspian summit itself — the third gathering of nations that also includes Azerbaijan and the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan — was unlikely to make much progress on its most important dispute: how to split up the sea. In this issue, Iran insists on dividing the Caspian into five equal portions while the Azerbaijanis are angling for access that corresponds to each country’s coastline.