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) - 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.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.