Despite making important strides in the first dozen years of its existence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) faces a daunting task if it hopes to create a reputation as a truly global institution. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/u-s-russia-china-hamper-iccs-reach/
Amid deteriorating relations with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to diversify a Russian economy that is tightly linked to European markets. Fittingly, an old Soviet-era satellite state seems eager to lend a helping hand. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/russia-hoping-cuba-can-help-spur-trade-with-latin-america/
Judging by the long line outside the Russian Embassy in Tashkent one recent afternoon, new Russian legislation offering citizenship to Russian-speakers is prompting lots of individuals in Uzbekistan to ponder emigration. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/uzbek-minorities-taking-advantage-of-new-russian-citizenship-rules/
When Veronika Sintsova was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2009, she spent six months in hospital before being discharged and allowed to continue treatment as an outpatient. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/outdated-approaches-fuelling-tb-in-russia-say-ngos/
A protest in Moscow Thursday marking the U.N. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking has highlighted the ‘torture’ drug users are put through in the Russian criminal justice system. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/moscow-protest-highlights-litany-of-abuses-suffered-by-russias-drug-users/
People in Siberia must prepare to face frequent repeats of recent devastating floods as well as other natural disasters, scientists and ecologists are warning, amid growing evidence of the effects of global warming on one of the world’s most ecologically diverse regions. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/siberian-global-warming-meets-lukewarm-reaction-in-russia/
As the Palestinian unity government announced June 2 receives a cautious welcome from many world leaders, Russia’s support for the new body is providing the Kremlin with an opportune platform to pursue its foreign policy ambitions and strengthen its domestic ideology. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/russia-may-seek-to-emphasise-peace-broker-role-in-mideast/
Aleksander Mizdrakin is convinced he knows who Russia’s future international partners are – and they’re not in Europe, nor is the United States among them. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/showing-the-west-that-russia-is-not-alone/
International bodies and local campaign groups have repeatedly criticised Russia for not doing anywhere near enough in terms of providing prevention services or access to medical treatment for HIV/AIDS sufferers. The fourth Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) HIV/AIDS Conference, which finished in Moscow last week, has not put a stop to that criticism. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/05/russia-critics-continue-attack-hypocrisy-hivaids/
In the stalemated talks between the six powers and Iran over the future of the latter’s nuclear programme, the central issue is not so much the technical aspects of the problem but the history of the Middle Eastern country’s relations with foreign suppliers – and especially with the Russians.
As Russia faces harsh sanctions and growing international isolation over its annexation of Crimea and support of separatists in eastern Ukraine, economists and sociologists are warning that the Kremlin’s international policies may fuel a potentially devastating brain drain. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/05/kremlins-international-policies-mean-russian-brain-drain/
The deepening Ukrainian crisis is placing Turkey in a difficult diplomatic position. At stake for officials in Ankara are Turkey's commitments to its Western allies and its cultural kin, Crimean Tatars, against its economic and political relationship with Moscow. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/05/ukraine-crisis-puts-strain-turkey-russia-ties/
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation recently offering fast-track citizenship to Russian speakers anywhere within the former Soviet Union. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/04/kyrgyzstan-ponders-impact-russias-citizenship-law-amendments/
NGOs working in Russia are facing more repression in the form of even tighter legislation on foreign funding as part of what some rights activists say is a concerted campaign to “liquidate” civil society in the country.
Throughout the Ukraine crisis, European Union (EU) leaders have become more vocal about their interest in reducing Europe’s consumption of Russian natural gas. As a result, Qatar — the world’s number-one provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) — is well positioned to play a more influential role in Europe’s energy landscape. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/04/op-ed-eu-reconsiders-russian-lng-qatar-waits-wings/