Category Archives: Russia

Russia | Russia: Court rules to dissolve famous trade union

On 10 January, the local court of Saint Petersburg, Russia, ruled that Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA) should be liquidated claiming the union conducted political activities and received foreign funds.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the union demanded changes in the national labour legislation, referring to ITUWA’s online collection of signatures in support of the modifications on the Labour Code. In fact, ITUWA had promoted a public petition on the indexation of salaries of employees in private companies in accordance with inflation. IndustriALL believes this is clearly one of the ways to protect its members’ interests and therefore dismisses the accusation of the prosecutor.

Russia | Why would Russia be selling natural gas to the US?

Companies in the United States are trying to force Russia out of the European gas market. Now, though, it has emerged that Russian liquefied natural gas is being supplied directly to the US. How does this fit together?

Russia is the world’s biggest exporter of natural gas. And for decades, Moscow has been dependent on the pipelines that carried the valuable commodity from its gas fields in northern Russia and Siberia to Western Europe. State energy giant Gazprom still does the majority of its business via these pipelines. They are often the subject of disputes, however, as there are always several countries involved.

Austria | Karin Kneissl: “Russland-Sanktionen sind stumpf”

KURIER: Frau Außenministerin, Ihre erste Reise geht am Dienstag in die Slowakei. Die Slowakei gilt als moderater Visegrád-Staat – ist das ein Signal, dass sich Österreich von den Visegrád-Hardlinern Ungarn und Polen distanziert?

Ukraine | Ukrainian-Russian coordination in Donbas finished

OSCE special monitoring mission in Donbas informs on 14 December, the Ukrainian Armed Forces representative to the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) in the JCCC headquarters in government-controlled Soledar (79km north of Donetsk) shared with the SMM a letter from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation informing Ukraine that the Russian Federation would withdraw its Armed Forces officers from the JCCC. Russian media motivate it with facts of hateful and aggressive attitude from Kiev-controlled state security towards Russian officers.

Russia | Former Russian minister jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe

Moscow, December 15

A Russian court on Friday sentenced former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a penal colony for taking a USD 2-million bribe from an ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Ulyukayev is the highest-ranking official arrested in Putin’s 17 years in power.