Sanctions and Putin

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Putin's sad record

PARIS, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Mikhail Gorbachev did not understand the old Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin did not understand the new Russia. Vladimir Putin understands both and has cold-bloodedly promoted the re-emergence of some of least savory features of each one.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Putin: No intervention in Pussy Riot trial

Putin: No intervention in Pussy Riot trial

MOSCOW, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is under fire by critics who say he had a role in the sentencing of members of the Pussy Riot band. He denies any involvement.

Bank of Moscow bailout sparks accusations

MOSCOW, July 2 (UPI) -- Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has demanded an investigation of the Bank of Moscow, amidst accusations of fraudulent loans.

Moscow issues financial warning to Belarus

MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Moscow warned it may cut its financial assistance to Belarus if Minsk continues to limit circulation of Russian news agencies in the country, an official said.
Emerging countries lobby for IMF job

Emerging countries lobby for IMF job

BRUSSELS, May 21 (UPI) -- The Group of 20 have agreed the next head of the International Monetary Fund should be chosen on merit, the Turkish ambassador to the Europe Union said.

Kudrin: Russia strugging to control prices

MOSCOW, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin expressed doubts the country would keep inflation under 7 percent in 2011, Kudrin said at an economic forum Saturday.

Moscow sees decline in oil prices

MOSCOW, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Global oil prices could collapse below $50 per barrel in the coming years as Washington drains liquidity from markets, the Russian finance minister said.

Russian economy to grow in 3rd quarter

LONDON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The third quarter will mark the end of the recession as the Russian economy will grow, the country's finance minister says.
Lukashenko calls for non-Russian partners

Lukashenko calls for non-Russian partners

MINSK, Belgium, May 29 (UPI) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told members of his Cabinet Friday they should focus on finding financial partners other than Russia.

Russia to spend $10B on IMF bonds

MOSCOW, May 27 (UPI) -- Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Russia expected to spend $10 billion on International Monetary Fund bonds to support struggling countries.

Russia, China asked to lift ban on pork

MOSCOW, May 2 (UPI) -- Swine flu cannot be spread through food, U.S. trade officials said Saturday in urging China and Russia to lift a ban on raw pork from the United States.

Russia, Italy meet on South Stream

ROME, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Moscow and Rome are moving in tandem on plans for the South Stream natural gas pipeline.

Official: Russian inflation may hit 14%

MOSCOW, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Inflation in Russia could reach 14 percent in 2009, an official said, blaming increased borrowing from reserve funds to cover the nation's budget deficit.

Moscow 2009 economic forecast is downbeat

MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Economic growth in Russia will be near zero in 2009 and government revenues could decline by 40 percent, officials in Moscow said Friday.
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Alexei Kudrin
Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin pours a cup of coffee during a State Council 's meeting, at the Kremlin in Moscow, on December 27, 2005. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Alexei Leonidovich Kudrin (Russian: Алексей Леонидович Кудрин) (born 12 October 1960) is the Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. After graduating with degrees in finance and economics, Kudrin worked in the administration of Saint Petersburg's liberal Mayor Anatoly Sobchak. In 1996 he started working in the Presidential Administration of Boris Yeltsin. He was appointed Finance Minister on 28 May 2000, and has held the post ever since, making him the longest-serving Finance Minister in post-Soviet Russia. In addition, he has been Deputy Prime Minister in 2000-2004 and again since 2007. As Finance Minister, Kudrin is widely credited with prudent fiscal management, commitment to tax and budget reform and championing the free market. Under Kudrin, Russia paid most of the substantial foreign debt it had accumulated in the 1990s. During his career, Kudrin has won several awards, including the "Finance Minister of the Year 2010" prize from Euromoney magazine.

Alexei Kudrin was born on 12 October 1960 in Dobele, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic. His first job was a motor mechanic and training assistant at the engine laboratory of the Academy of Procurement and Transportation of the Defense Ministry of the Soviet Union, before entering Leningrad State University to study economy. He graduated with a candidate's degree in 1983, and got an internship at the Leningrad Institute of Social and Economic Problems. In December 1985, he entered the internal postgraduate school at the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, where he later received his PhD. He then worked as a researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Problems of the Academy of Sciences. Kudrin has authored over 15 scientific works in the fields economics and finance, including topics such as competition and anti-monopoly policy in the Soviet economy of the transition period.

From 1990 to 1996, Kudrin worked in the Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg City Administration under the liberal mayor and reformer Anatoly Sobchak. His first position was Vice Chairman of the Committee for Economic Reform. Until 1993, he worked in various financial positions in the city administration, before he was promoted to Deputy Mayor, in which position he served from 1993 to 1996. Future President Vladimir Putin was the other top Deputy Mayor of Saint Petersburg at the time. Kudrin was also Chairman of the City Administration’s Economic and Finance Committee.

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