TODAY: Medvedev meets Obama in Singapore on sidelines of Apec, discusses Iran and START; what happened to Russia’s US-Afghan supply route?; more law enforcement officers weighing in on corruption; Putin didn’t attend hip-hop party to boost popularity, insists Peskov; Moscow advertisers refuse controversial campaigns; Bulbov released, Vitaly Ginzburg has died.
President Dmitry Medvedev’s address at the Apec summit in Singapore ‘took a wait-and-see approach on specifics
‘, reportedly largely echoing
his state-of-the-nation address and ensuing Economist piece
. Medvedev met his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, on the sidelines of the summit, where the two said they hoped to strike a new deal for arms cuts
under a new START pact by the end of the year, and agreed that ‘time is running out
‘ for diplomacy on the matter of Iran’s nuclear program. Although Sergei Prikhodko, Medvedev’s chief foreign policy adviser, is forecasting
‘ discussions with the EU after the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, he is ‘satisfied at the moment by the quality of open and pragmatic dialogue with the U.S. administration.
‘ ‘For all of the lofty sentiments expressed at high-profile summit meetings, actual change has never been easy to deliver,
‘ says the New York Times
, wondering what happened to the U.S. Afghan supply route agreement with Russia.
Grigory Chekalin, a former deputy prosecutor for the Komi republic, has added his name to a growing group of law enforcement officials coming forward to denounce corruption, following in the footsteps of Major Alexei Dymovsky and his YouTube appeal
. ‘They have one goal: to keep me silent,
‘ said Chekalin, who has apparently already angered
former colleagues. Marking a trend, advertising agencies in Moscow and St. Petersburg are refusing to run
a provocative anti-corruption Newsweek campaign. ‘There’s every indication that they refuse us for political reasons. It reminds me of the late Soviet Union,
‘ said Newsweek’s editor-in-chief. Medvedev’s plans for modernizing and reforming Russia are just ‘empty talk
‘, says a Moscow Times opinion piece
Alexander Bulbov, a senior Federal Drug Control Service officer detained in custody for more than two years in a case ‘widely seen as blatant manifestations of a power struggle between Kremlin clans
‘, has been released
. The territory of Russia has expanded by 4.5 square kilometers over the past three years due to earthquakes in the Far East, says Interfax
. Vitaly Ginzburg
, a Nobel prizewinning Russian physicist and a father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, has died aged 93.
PHOTO: President Barack Obama meets with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Singapore, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)