Ukraine’s newly appointed Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is, according to reports, firmly from the Yanukovych camp. The state’s crumbling economyis to be one of the first items on his agenda. Read about DmitryRogozin’s response to US plans to incorporate Russian technology intomissile defense in Europe plans here. Russia is apparently bristlingat the arrival of the US military in neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Russiaand France have formalized an agreement to see the Kremlin buy a 4,000 square meter plot close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Traffic police chief Sergei Kazantsev has been called before the duma to field questions about recent damaging allegations about traffic law enforcement procedures. The Times reports on the furore. The US state department in its annual human rights survey has called the North Caucasus an ‘area of particular concern’. The report apparently concluded that number of race-hate crimes committed in Russia decreased last year, though ethnic discrimination is still a worrying trend. Nine members of a white supremacist group have been jailed for the murder of a man from Cameroon.
Vladimir Kirillov, head of Russia’s environmental watchdog, has told WWF that supporters cannot ‘adopt’ a tiger, because tigers are federal property. The BBC meets a Russian hacker.
PHOTO: Steel magnate Vladimir Lisin, ranked 32nd in Forbes’ annual list of the planet’s wealthiest people. (Sergei Porter / Vedomosti)