Russian News From Russia: October 9th, 2009!

Nanotechnology gets boost from state as focus turns to future:
A week with focus on nanotechnology and Russian science has seen Rosnano, and AFK Sistema announce they will invest half a billion dollars in the production of microchips, using 90 nanometers technology.

“The shift of military attention to Pakistan is happening”:
In Pakistan, the expanding number of American security firms is causing concerns. Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen sees this as a sign of the US shifting its military attention to Pakistan.

“NATO’s attack on Serbia the ultimate crime against peace”:
It’s time to recognize the US-led NATO offensive against Serbia in 1999 as a historic mistake, Zivadin Jovanovic, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Yugoslavia told RT.

CIS safe and sound despite rumors:
The leaders of former Soviet republics have gathered in Moldova for the CIS Summit on Friday. And though four of them didn’t show up, this is normal, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“US hypocritical on arms reduction”:
While re-negotiating START treaty, the US calls for nuclear zero, but in reality isn’t ready to give up all weapons, says Aleksandr Pikayev, analyst from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations to RT.

Russia ready for major election day:
October 11 will be the next election day in Russia – on Sunday millions of citizens will be able to vote for deputies of local legislatures throughout the country.

Gazprom looks to longer term as exports take turn for the better:
Gazprom says gas exports are moving back towards pre-crisis levels, and that it is looking to take a long term approach to customer who may not require as much gas as they have contracted for in the short term.

Russian gang lord dies after sniper attack:
Vyacheslav Ivankov, once a top figure in Russian organized crime, died on Friday morning of wounds inflicted in a July assassination attempt.

What I like about you: what keeps foreigners in Russia?:
The Motherland may be suffering from runaway inflation, alcoholism, strangling red tape and a host of other afflictions, but this hasn’t stopped foreigners from queuing up for their Russian visas.

“No reply” from Moscow to Ukraine’s invitation:
Leaders of former Soviet republics are in Moldova for the CIS Summit on Friday. The official request from Kiev to arrange a meeting between Medvedev and Yushchenko has been met with a mute response from Russia.

NATO won’t recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia:
NATO strongly supports the territorial integrity of Georgia in the framework of internationally recognized borders of the country and doesn’t intend to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Simmons said today.

Clinton to discuss Georgian issue in Russia:
The Secretary of State arrives in Moscow next week. According to the source, she intends to express support to the territorial integrity of Georgia and urge Russia to implement all the obligations in the framework of cease-fire agreement.

Gorbachev congratulates Obama on Nobel Prize:
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev congratulated President Barack Obama on his Nobel Peace Prize award on Friday, and welcomed the U.S. leader’s positive impact on global affairs.