Voices from Russia

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Forbes Named Putin Most Powerful Person in World

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On Wednesday, Forbes named President Vladimir Putin the most powerful person on the planet, knocking US President Barack Obama off the number one spot. Forbes said that Putin, who ranked third last year, showed his dominance in diplomatic manoeuvring during the international crisis over Syria, and in granting asylum in Russia to fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, noting, “Putin solidified his control over Russia (‘dictator’ is no longer an outlandish word to ponder) and the global stage”. Forbes gave the top spot to Obama every year since it began compiling the ranking in 2009, except in 2010 when it deemed former Chinese President Hu Jintao the most influential. This isn’t the first time Putin, who returned to the Russian presidency last year for a third term ending in 2018, received such an accolade. A similar survey released by Foreign Policy in January also proclaimed Putin as the most powerful person in the world. Three other Russians also made it onto the list, which included 72 people. Forbes placed Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in 53rd place, and Russia’s richest man, Alisher Usmanov, in 63rd place. Igor Sechin, head of state oil giant Rosneft appeared on the list for the first time in 60th place.

31 October 2013



Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Moscow Street Named After Late Venezuelan Leader Chávez

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On Tuesday, a street in northern Moscow was named after late Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, the same day that Rosneft and Gazprombank inked significant deals with national oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela. Current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros and Rosneft head Igor Sechin attended the naming ceremony, and Sechin announced that the Russian state-owned oil firm signed an agreement to help develop extensive offshore deposits in South America. Also on Tuesday, Gazprombank, affiliated with Russian energy giant Gazprom, said it signed a deal with Petroleos de Venezuela to invest 1 billion USD (32.3 billion Roubles. 770 million Euros. 660 million UK Pounds) in their joint venture, PetroSamora.

Speaking at the naming ceremony, Venezuelan President Maduro said that President Chávez had visited the Russian capital at least ten times, saying, “He never felt like a stranger in Moscow. I thank you for this gift”. Maduro arrived in Moscow on Monday for a two-day visit. Chávez, who ruled the South American nation for 14 years, died on 5 March at the age of 58 after a two-year fight with cancer. Last week, the acting chairman of the Moscow government’s public affairs committee, Aleksandr Chistyakov, said that Chavez Street (Ulitsa Chavesa) would be a 170-metre-long (558-foot-long) square.

2 July 2013



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