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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin responded cautiously Monday to a mission by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates aimed at convincing Russia to accept Washington's European missile defense plans.President Vladimir Putin welcomed Gates but refrained from supporting the U.S. offer to cooperate on missile defense, including sharing data from the system. The two sides merely agreed that experts would continue discussing the U.S. proposals, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak told journalists here.
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) - 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) - 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.