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) - In the wake of Georgia's crackdown on protests and declaration of a temporary state of emergency, the country faces continued political volatility amid unresolved disputes with Russia.The emergency follows days of peaceful opposition demonstrations, in which protesters demanded early parliamentary elections and the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili, who is accused of corruption and undemocratic rule.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In an unprecedented move, both houses of the Russian parliament Friday accused the United States of interfering in Russia's internal affairs ahead of parliamentary elections next December and crucial presidential polls next year.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Amid continuing suspicion about U.S. motives, the Russian government has reiterated its skepticism over a U.S. suggestion that it delay its missile shield plans for Europe.In a gesture aimed at placating Moscow, U.S. officials last week reportedly delivered new proposals, including one that would allow the Russians limited access to the planned missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe. Another proposal said the system may not become active unless there is clear proof of a missile threat from Iran.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice prepares for a visit to Russia next week, she faces the daunting task of reassuring a skeptical Kremlin about U.S. plans to deploy anti-missile systems in Central Europe.Moscow says the missile shield plans pose a direct threat to Russia. It also sees it as part of a broader strategy of the West to move into its traditional sphere of influence in central and Eastern Europe.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russia's next president looks set to be a close and longtime ally of Vladimir Putin, after the majority United Russia party and three minor parties on Monday named Dmitry Medvedev as their candidate in the election next March.Putin promptly backed the choice of Medvedev, who is currently first deputy prime minister. The pro-Kremlin United Russia, which easily won recent parliamentary elections with Putin topping its list, will formally approve the candidate at a party congress on Dec. 17.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks with top Russian officials in Moscow Tuesday in a bid to improve relations and ease tensions ahead of President Vladimir Putin's meeting next month with President Bush.Rice held a series of closed-door talks Tuesday with Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council chief Igor Ivanov.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - President Vladimir Putin's future political plans looked a little clearer Tuesday when the man he backed to replace him as president indicated that he would in turn offer Putin the post of prime minister.Analysts here and abroad have long been speculating about how Putin, 55, intends to retain influence after his second term as president ends next May.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - If the U.S. turns down Moscow's offer to use a Russian radar facility in the Caucasus as an alternative to deploying missile shield facilities in Eastern Europe, Washington will be revealing its true intentions, Russian politicians are arguing.During a G8 summit in Germany last week, President Vladimir Putin suggested that the U.S. make use of the Gabala radar site, which Russia leases from Azerbaijan in an area close to Iran's border.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - With President Vladimir Putin as its top candidate, the United Russia party won an overwhelming majority in Sunday's parliamentary elections, and together with its allies, it will have enough seats in the Duma to change the constitution.With most of the ballots counted, Putin's United Russia party had about 64 percent of the vote. Voting took place at nearly 100,000 polling stations across the world's biggest country, and was observed by just 400 international monitors.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Amid differing views over the potential security threat posed by Iran, the United States and Russia are exchanging verbal blows over U.S. proposals for a missile defense "umbrella" in eastern Europe and Russian plans to sell missiles to Tehran.The Pentagon Thursday rejected Moscow's complaint that plans to deploy U.S. missile defense facilities in the Czech Republic and Poland will alter the security balance in the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Ahead of a summit with President Bush in Maine this weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a closed-door meeting here with top NATO officials in an apparent bid to ease tensions between Russia and the West.The Kremlin pledged to continue dialogue on thorny issues but made little secret of its ongoing disputes over various elements of Western policy.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russia's first delivery of nuclear fuel to Iran comes amid deepening economic and military ties between the two countries.State-controlled nuclear power vendor Atomstroiexport on Sunday completed the first stage of a two-month process of delivering fuel for Iran's Bushehr reactor, which is supposed to start generating electricity in about six months' time.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russian officials and analysts reacted strongly to remarks by America's top defense officials, who questioned Moscow's predictability and linked Russia to North Korea and Iran.The row comes at a time of continuing suspicions here about Washington's plans to set up missile defense systems in Eastern Europe.Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the House Armed Services Committee this week that apart from terrorism, the U.S. also faced risks that could arise from Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russian politicians and analysts Monday hailed the Kremlin's decision to suspend a key European arms control treaty, a move further straining relations with the West and coinciding with a growing diplomatic row with Britain.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In the latest sign that Moscow is keen to expand its arms exports to Iran despite Western objections, Russia reportedly has agreed to supply the Islamic republic with air defense systems.Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Najjar said on Wednesday that Russia would sell Iran the S300 missile system, but he did not disclose a delivery date.On Friday, the Russian agency that oversees Russia's military exports issued a statement denying that any such sale would take place.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Amid a continuing diplomatic row over missile defense, Russian officials have welcomed a call by a senior U.S. Democratic lawmaker to abandon a measure linking trade with human rights whose existence has long irked the Kremlin.The survival of the Cold War-era measure known as the Jackson-Vanik amendment is "mere nonsense," Sergei Mironov, speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Wednesday.He added that Washington had long promised to scrap the amendment but had yet to do so.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In the wake of last week's summit meeting President Bush and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Russian analysts are voicing little optimism about a healing of the rift over missile defense.The U.S. wants to locate ten interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic as part of an anti-missile shield. Russia is bitterly opposed to the plan.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili claimed victory in his re-election bid this weekend, but with the opposition crying foul, Georgia's long political crisis looks set to continue.Saakashvili started celebrations late on Saturday, telling a crowd of loyalists that "according to the exit polls and all the data, we have won."