Christian Lowe

Christian Lowe

    Gas disruption bites in Europe

    Russia halts gas supplies to the Balkans, Turkey and south-eastern Europe, while flows to Austria drop by 90% in a deepening price row

    Medvedev vows to uphold Putin legacy

    Russia's next president Dmitry Medvedev pledged to uphold Vladimir Putin's policies on Monday after a big election win that critics said was stage-managed to let the outgoing Kremlin leader keep his grip on power. Medvedev (42) who will be the youngest Russian leader since Tsar Nicholas II when he is sworn in on May 7, has asked former KGB spy Putin to be his prime minister.

    Russia's Medvedev set for Presidency

    Dmitry Medvedev was elected as Russia's next president, early results showed on Sunday, after a vote that will preserve the power of his mentor President Vladimir Putin but which opponents said was unfair. Medvedev, a 42-year-old former lawyer who has worked at Putin's side since the 1990s, will take over the trappings of the Presidency from his patron in May.

    Russia says it will move Aids prisoner to hospital

    Russia's prison service bowed to international pressure on Thursday by saying it would transfer Vasily Alexanian, an inmate gravely ill with HIV/Aids, to a specialist clinic. A former vice-president of the now-defunct Yukos oil company, Alexanian says he is nearly blind, has cancer of the lymph nodes and suspected tuberculosis.

    Russian court refuses to release sick oil boss

    A Russian court refused bail on Wednesday to a jailed oil executive who is gravely ill with HIV/Aids, the latest ruling in a case that has put Russia in breach of an order from the European Court of Human Rights. Vasily Alexanian (36) has said he will die unless he is transferred from his Moscow prison to a specialist hospital.

    Russia says UK is politicising Litvinenko case

    Russia accused Britain of politicising the case of murdered Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko on Friday and said the affair was hurting the two countries' relations. "We see attempts from the British side to use the criminal case to build up some sort of political campaign," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.