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) - 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) - 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) - As U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley visited Moscow Thursday, his Russian counterparts appeared keen to highlight mutual interests and play down recent bilateral differences, but other top Russian officials continued to criticize U.S. policies.Hadley met with both of Russia's first deputy prime ministers, Dmitry Medvedev and Sergei Ivanov. The two are widely seen as contenders to succeed President Vladimir Putin when his second term expires next year.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - A Russian research vessel has begun a 90-day voyage to the Arctic as Moscow continues to pursue claims to the potentially energy-rich seabed under the Arctic Ocean.Led by a nuclear-powered icebreaker, the "Akademik Fyodorov" ship is carrying 85 researchers headed by Artur Chilingarov, the deputy speaker of the State Duma - the lower house of the Russian parliament - and head of the Russian Polar Explorers' Association.
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."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Amid appeals for cooperation from President Bush, the Russian military is hinting at withdrawing from a Cold War-era arms control agreement, in an apparent response to Washington's plan to deploy missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe.General Yury Baluyevsky, head of the General Staff, suggested that Moscow may unilaterally scrap a 1987 agreement on intermediate and short-range missiles.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews) - Russia is moving to forge closer ties with Afghanistan by forgiving its debt, but it may not do the same with Iraq because of that country's refusal to honor Saddam-era oil contracts.Visiting Russia Thursday, Iraqi oil minister Hussain al-Shahristani ruled out any kind of debt-for-oil contracts swap. Although Russia's LUKoil Company may have some competitive advantages due to its experience in Iraq, it would have to compete with other energy companies in bidding to develop the oilfields known as West Qurna, Shahristani told journalists in Moscow.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - President Vladimir Putin's handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, increased his international profile Monday with a visit to Serbia, where he reiterated the Kremlin's opposition to Kosovo's recent declaration of independence, which the United States has backed.Medvedev is widely expected to win the presidential election on Sunday, paving the way for Putin to assume the title of prime minister, which will allow him to continue wielding considerable power.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - A diplomatic wrangle between Russia and the United States deepened Friday after a senior American general was quoted as saying the U.S. would like to deploy an anti-missile radar facility in the Caucasus."Let them deploy [a radar]," the Russian Air Force commander Vladimir Mikhailov said Friday. "We have everything necessary for an adequate response."Mikhailov said deploying an anti-missile radar system in the Caucasus would not affect Russia's defense capabilities, but the country would nonetheless have to respond.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin's decision to resume regular long-range bomber patrols appears to stem from a desire to challenge U.S. global dominance and restore its Cold War military power.President Vladimir Putin announced the decision on Friday. He said the aircraft would have "a strategic character," a hint that they would carry nuclear weapons.Putin voiced hope that "our partners" would react to the decision "with understanding."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin says it plans to develop a new generation of high-tech weapons in response to the U.S. deployment of a missile shield and NATO expansion in Europe."It is evident that a new round of the arms race is being unfolded in the world, unfortunately," President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, accusing the U.S. of responsibility."It's not our fault. It does not depend on us, we didn't start it," Putin told a state council meeting in Moscow.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - The Kremlin and top lawmakers Wednesday dismissed criticism of Russia in the State Department's annual human rights report, calling the assessment biased and irrelevant, while throwing out accusations of their own at the United States.Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian presidential council on civil society and human rights, was derisive in her reaction."After [the war in] Iraq, the State Department human rights report became senseless and no one finds it's necessary to respond," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - President Vladimir Putin has stunned Russia by naming a relatively unknown bureaucrat as his new prime minister, in a move likely to have implications for presidential elections due next March, when Putin is meant to stand down.Putin named 66-year-old Viktor Zubkov as his candidate for the post after accepting the resignation of incumbent Mikhail Fradkov.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In an outcome that was widely predicted, Kremlin-backed candidate Dmitry Medvedev crushed his opponents in Russia's presidential election on Sunday. He vowed to uphold the legacy of his predecessor and mentor.President Vladimir Putin's 42-year-old first deputy prime minister will became Russia's youngest leader since Nicholas II, who was crowned more than a century ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - In two moves likely to increase pressure in Iran, Russia is moving towards launching an international uranium enrichment center and towards greater cooperation with the United States over nuclear fuel.Moscow plans to put its planned enrichment center into operation soon, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Monday. The Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to hold a meeting this week to discuss the facility, which is to be set up in Siberia's Irkutsk region.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Less than two weeks after naming a new prime minister, President Vladimir Putin made further changes to his cabinet on Monday, but the results indicate there will be little change in the Kremlin's domestic and foreign policies ahead of upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls.The Russian leader said he needed a new, more dynamic team to lead the cabinet through parliamentary polls in December and a presidential election next March.Despite expectations here of significant changes, however, only three ministers were replaced.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Top U.S. administration officials on a visit to Moscow have expressed optimism and reported an unexpectedly positive reception from Russian leaders, given unresolved disputes over missile defense and other issues.Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates late Monday both described a good atmosphere during the first of two days of "2+2" talks with their Russian counterparts. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with the two on Monday, hinted at progress on some important bilateral issues.