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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December 5, 2008, 4:59 AM EST
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks in a live televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti)
November 21, 2008, 4:59 AM EST
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a State Council meeting in Izhevsk on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti)
November 13, 2008, 5:12 AM EST
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivers state of the nation speech in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP Photo)
November 5, 2008, 6:21 AM EST
U.S. citizens watch a live TV broadcast of Barack Obama’s election victory rally in Chicago, at a Moscow restaurant early Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP Photo)
October 31, 2008, 10:52 AM EDT
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, seen here with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Moscow on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, has postponed his state of the nation address until the day after the U.S. presidential election (AP Photo)
October 23, 2008, 5:31 AM EDT
Moscow ( – Following an agreement to work with Iran and Qatar on setting up a natural gas cartel-like grouping, Russia also has moved to strengthen ties with OPEC while exploring the idea of an oil reserve to influence pricing.   As a major oil producer, Russia is interested in sustaining stable and predictable prices, President Dmitry Medvedev told the visiting OPEC secretary-general, Abdullah al-Badri, on Wednesday.  
October 14, 2008, 4:29 AM EDT
Moscow gave an unprecedented demonstration of its strategic missile prowess over the weekend, a show of force that was extraordinary even by Cold War standards.
October 8, 2008, 6:53 AM EDT
Moscow ( – As Russia moves to boost its clout in the Middle East, Israel is stepping up its appeals to Moscow not to provide Iran and Syria with advanced weapons systems.             Visiting Moscow on October 6-7, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert urged President Dmitry Medvedev not to sell air defense and other sophisticated arms to Israel’s two most dangerous foes.  
September 29, 2008, 5:21 AM EDT
Energy-rich Russia is pushing for closer ties with other key producers, boosting interaction with OPEC while advocating the creation of an OPEC-style gas cartel.
September 23, 2008, 5:17 AM EDT
As world leaders gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York this week, the annual General Assembly session is overshadowed by deteriorating relations between Russia and the West.
September 15, 2008, 7:13 PM EDT
Western sanctions.against Russia would fail to affect the country's policies and could furthermore backfire, President Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of Russian business leaders Monday.~~
September 8, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
Russian officials have confirmed plans to hold naval maneuvers with Venezuela in the Caribbean, while denying that the move was in response to increased NATO naval activity in the Black Sea since last month's war in Georgia.~~
September 5, 2008, 5:55 AM EDT
As visiting Vice President Dick Cheney condemned Russia’s “illegitimate, unilateral attempt” to change Georgia’s borders, Russian politicians said the U.S. was provoking the volatile region.
August 26, 2008, 6:53 PM EDT
Ignoring international appeals, Russia has raised the stakes in its standoff with the West by recognizing Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent.~~
August 12, 2008, 9:13 PM EDT
Russia Tuesday announced an end to military operations against Georgia and the Georgian government said it had agreed to a modified version of a European Union-mediated peace plan.~~
August 11, 2008, 4:28 AM EDT
The U.S., NATO and the E.U. have called for an immediate end to the fighting, but Moscow says there will no ceasefire until the pro-Western government of Georgia pledges to refrain from future violence in South Ossetia.
July 22, 2008, 9:38 PM EDT
Amid rumors of billion dollar weapons deals and the possibility of Russian strategic bombers landing in Cuba, analysts in Moscow differ over the purpose and significance of a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.~~
July 8, 2008, 7:18 PM EDT
Moscow ( – A dispute between Russia and the United States over the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense shield in eastern Europe deepened Tuesday, with Moscow warning of a “military-technological” response to the move.   Reacting to the signing of an agreement between Washington and Prague on setting up a radar base as a key part of the system, Moscow’s foreign ministry reiterated its view – long denied by the U.S. – that the shield poses a threat to Russia.    
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
Moscow ( - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, visiting Moscow on Wednesday, blended criticism of the Kremlin's record on democracy with praise for Russia's cooperation with the U.S. on security issues.Russia's response to Rice was equally mixed.Rice's first trip here as America's top diplomat was intended to lay the groundwork for a visit by President Bush on May 9. Bush is attending a bilateral summit and marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
Moscow ( - It may have been a joke, but some media organizations and politicians in Moscow appear to have taken half-seriously a satirical suggestion that the United States should sell Alaska back to Russia for $1 trillion.The tongue-in-cheek proposal published in a U.S. newspaper raised the vague notion still present here that Russia could one day retrieve the territory it sold to the U.S.The return of Alaska would be marked by a great national holiday, said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, an outspoken nationalist politician.