RIA Novosti dissolved as Russia reorganizes state-run media assets

MOSCOW, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The Russian government announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the state-run news agency, as it reorganizes its media assets.

Russia won't release seized Greenpeace ship

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Russia Saturday refused to go along with an international court order to release a ship belonging to the environmental group Greenpeace.

Russia 'theoretically' ready to change position on Syria

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Russian officials said Saturday they are prepared to change their stance on Syria if President Bashar Assad is found to be "cheating" on chemical weapons.

Persian leopard cubs born in Russia

SOCHI, Russia, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The World Wide Fund for Nature announced two endangered Persian leopard cubs have been born at Russia's Sochi National Park.

Russian satellite system official sacked

MOSCOW, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Russia's defense industry housecleaning continued over the weekend when satellite navigation system designer Yury Urlichich was sacked from his job.

Decline in Russian protests expected

MOSCOW, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The number of political protest rallies in Russia will decline after the March 4 elections, a prominent government official predicted Sunday.
EU Syrian sanctions don't affect Russia

EU Syrian sanctions don't affect Russia

MOSCOW, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The European Union ban on supplying arms to Syria does not affect Russia, a top Russian government official said Thursday.
Medvedev: Stop buying junk

Medvedev: Stop buying junk

MOSCOW, July 13 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has told the country's defense ministry to stop buying high-priced, low quality military equipment.
Russia scorns Japan protest over islands

Russia scorns Japan protest over islands

MOSCOW, May 16 (UPI) -- Russia Monday dismissed Japanese protests over a top official's visit to islands in dispute since World War II.
Middle East trouble haunts Moscow

Middle East trouble haunts Moscow

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Stability in the international energy market is better for Russia than fallout from the turmoil in the Middle East, a Russian minister said Wednesday.

Russia: U.N. peacekeeping supported

SINGAPORE, June 6 (UPI) -- International peacekeeping by the United Nations could be the solution to problems in "uncontrolled" territories, a Russian government official said.

Russia's Lukoil targets Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, April 2 (UPI) -- Russia's largest oil company Lukoil will invest millions of dollars this year to exploit oil and gas reserves in Uzbekistan, officials said in Tashkent.

Russia plans small hike in military budget

MOSCOW, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Russia plans a slight increase in military spending in 2010, with $15 billion budgeted for weapons, equipment and maintenance, an official said Friday.

New Russian fighter jet due by year-end

KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR , Russia, May 11 (UPI) -- Russia's fifth-generation jet fighter will undergo its first test flights by the end of the year, military officials said Monday.

Russia to buy back jets Algeria rejected

MOSCOW, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Russia's military says it will buy back and use 24 MiG fighter jets rejected by Algeria as inferior.
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Sergei Ivanov
Russian First Vice Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov speaks with reporters after President Vladimir Putin delivered the annual state of the nation address to the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, in the Kremlin in Moscow on April 26, 2007. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Sergei Borisovich Ivanov (Russian: Серге́й Бори́сович Ивано́в; born 31 January 1953) is a Russian senior official and statesman. He was Minister of Defence from March 2001 to February 2007, Deputy Prime Minister from November 2005 to February 2007, and has been First Deputy Prime Minister since February 2007. Previously, as secretary of the Russian Security Council, Ivanov served as an adviser to President Boris Yeltsin and later President Vladimir Putin (November 1999-March 2001) on matters of national security.

Before joining the federal administration in Moscow, Ivanov, a fluent speaker of English—served in the Soviet and later Russian foreign intelligence service as a specialist in law and foreign languages, both at home and abroad (in Europe and Africa) from the late 1970s to the late 1990s. In 1975, Ivanov graduated from the Department of Philology at Leningrad State University, where he studied English and Swedish, and later completed postgraduate studies in counterintelligence and law in Minsk.

In 1976 he started his service for Leningrad and Leningrad Oblast KGB Directorate, where he became a friend of his colleague Vladimir Putin. From July 1998 through August 1999 Ivanov served as a deputy to Vladimir Putin, then director of the Federal Security Service. In November 1999, Yeltsin appointed Ivanov secretary of the Security Council of Russia, a body charged with advising the president on matters of national security. Ivanov became Russia's defence minister, becoming the first civilian to hold that post, in March 2001. On 15 February 2007, Ivanov resigned as defence minister following his elevation to the post of deputy prime minister.

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