Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, writing in Rossiyskaya Gazeta, has pledged to improve Russia-US ties, stating, ‘we will honestly strive for a timely and full-fledged replacement of the START treaty’. An article in RFE/RL suggests that despite the rhetorical reassuring, ‘Russia has recently taken a series of actions that are prompting doubts about Washington’s ability to engage Moscow’.
According to a recent opinion poll cited by Ria-Novosti, whilst Medvedev’s popularity has increased, Putin remains the ‘No 1′ politician in Russia. An article by Charles Crawford on RFE/RL explores Putin’s use of the World War Two commemoration ceremony in Gdansk to reassert power over Poland, rather than concede wrongdoing. The Moscow Times has an interview with former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze; the ex-politician is not overly confident that global relations have improved since the Berlin Wall collapsed. After 18 years of existence, post-Soviet Union Russia has yet to establish a clear cultural identity, argues Richard Lourie in the Moscow Times.
A senior investigator from the Interior Ministry, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, will become Moscow’s new police chief. Former cosmetics boss Vladimir Nekrasov and alleged criminal godfather Semyon Mogilevich will stand trial on September 18. Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov is planning take on an icy new adversary.
PHOTO: Galina Starovoitova speaking during an interview with The Moscow Times in 1992. (Mikhail Metzel / MT)