Russia warns on unilateral intervention in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

Russia has warned Western powers against acting unilaterally on Syria amid growing fears over Syria's weapons capability.

The comments, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, follow remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he indicated that the US would not hold back from responding if Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces.


Putin’s policy on Syria is right

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 21, 2012

Is it really in the interests of Israel, or of the West, that the Syrian civil war should result in the departure from Damascus of President (and ophthalmologist extraordinary) Bashar al-Assad?


Soviet shame over hero's name

By Monica Porter, July 19, 2012

Let's give the Russians a little kicking, shall we? Lord knows they deserve it. Throughout the 20th century, they blighted whole populations with the evils of communism, now they poison our world with their chief exports of organised crime and corruption.


Oligarchs face off in UK courts

By Simon Rocker, July 12, 2012

A new High Court case between oligarchs from the former Soviet Union opened in London on Monday, and is expected to go on into next year.

Israel-based Michael Cherney wants a judge to uphold his claim that he is a partner in an aluminium business with Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska.


A chief rabbi, Mossad and a dubious diamond deal

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

Behind the London legal battle over diamond profits between the Russian-Israeli businessmen Lev Leviev and Arakady Gaydamak lay a chain of what the judge called "extraordinary events".

Mr Gaydamak had sued Mr Leviev, claiming he was owed hundreds of millions of pounds from the export of diamonds from Angola as a result of a deal made in December 2001.


Gaydamak loses multi-million diamond case in High Court

By Simon Rocker, June 29, 2012

The Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a High Court claim against diamond tycoon Lev Leviev over a deal to export gems from Angola.

Mr Leviev had denied signing an agreement with Mr Gaydamak in December 2001 potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.


Pomp but no shift on Iran as Putin visits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2012

The 24-hour visit to Israel by the Russian President was heavy on ceremony but lean on progress on the key issues of Iran and Syria.

Vladimir Putin’s whirlwind trip through the Middle East began in Netanya where, after arriving 90 minutes late, he joined Israeli President Shimon Peres to dedicate a memorial commemorating the Allied victory in the Second World War.


‘Alienation’ leading to a Russian exodus from Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 31, 2012

In the days of the USSR, many a Knesset meeting was held to discuss hopes for a mass Soviet aliyah. Last week, the Knesset turned its attentions to the challenge of how to stop many Former Soviet Union (FSU) immigrants from leaving.


Moscow next for nuclear stalemate

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Talks with Iran will resume next month in Moscow as a split has emerged between the international powers engaging the Iranian regime on its nuclear development programme.


The City's status is under threat

April 4, 2012

For the past 20 years London has been the preferred place for many international companies to list their shares. There are good reasons for this.