Artigiani e Produttori


Avellino - Azienda Vitivinicola Esterina Centrella

L'azienda Esterina Centrella Viticoltore è uno storico produttore di vini ubicato nel comune di Torrioni, situato in provincia di Avellino, nella regione Campania.  [...]

Roma - Il Bianco di Ellepi

Nel piccolo ed esclusivo show room Il Bianco di Ellepi, l’artista e decoratrice Lilly Piperno propone le sue creazioni sartoriali per la casa, tutte rigorosamente italiane, r [...]

Pesaro e Urbino - Mobilpiù... uno stile di vita

L’azienda nasce negli anni 60’ e cresce in maniera esponenziale anno dopo anno, grazie ad una gestione famigliare armonicamente fusa con uno staff di persone altamente [...]

Roma - Wa.Ma Arredamenti

Mobili di lusso progettati e realizzati da un’azienda dalla forte connotazione artigianale per arredare con gusto esclusivo le più belle dimore del mondo. E non s [...]

Ragusa - Marmi Romeo

Azienda italiana fra le più qualificate nella lavorazione di marmi, graniti e pietre dure, la Marmi F.lli Romeo realizza magnifiche scale, pavimenti a macchia aperta, a macc [...]

Fermo - Calzaturificio Caf

Arte antichissima, il ferro battuto è un’eccellenza dell’artigianato italiano che qui, a un passo dalla bellissima Firenze, trova una grande interprete nella CAF [...]

Firenze - Atelier Giuliano

Coppia nella vita nel lavoro, Giuliano Giuntini ed Emanuela Pinto vi attendono nel loro atelier non solo per proporvi abiti da sposa, da sposo e da cerimonia di altissimo livello m [...]

Lucca - Impresa edile Del Debbio Augusto

Artigiani edili e maestri del restauro. Il valore aggiunto dell’impresa edile Del Debbio Augusto è la sua forte vocazione artigianale, che la pone ai vertici non [...]

Aosta - Hi-Life

In un’era in cui tecnologie e materiali sintetici la stanno facendo da padroni, Hi-Life va controcorrente e crea artigianalmente prestigiosi pezzi d’arredo con l’ [...]

Ragusa - Giannone Marmi e Pietre

Estratta da secoli dai terreni dei monti Iblei, la pietra di Modica disegna da sempre le architetture del paesaggio siciliano. Vera maestra nella trasformazione della pietra di Mod [...]

Roma - Frattali Perfect Living

Alle radici dello storico negozio Frattali c’è l’arte di lavorare il legno di Alveto Frattali che aprì la sua falegnameria nel 1942. Fu la moglie Almite [...]

Firenze - La Sposa di Firenze

Dal 1964 alla guida dell’atelier La Sposa di Firenze, la famiglia Bencini propone collezioni da sogno, uniche per le sapienti lavorazioni sartoriali e per la cura dei dettagl [...]

Catania - Ceramiche Branciforti

Fondata nel 1968 dall'omonimo Prof. Giuseppe, Ceramiche Branciforti è cresciuta nel tempo lungo un originale percorso di rivisitazione delle antiche tradizioni artigiana [...]

Firenze - Tela Lintea

Raffinati tessuti italiani e francesi, passamanerie, carte da parati, cuscini, copriletti, tovaglie, ceramiche, oggetti in vetro, tegami dal disegno inedito… Qui, nel cuore [...]

Firenze - Le Telerie Toscane

Vicino a Palazzo Pitti, dove da secoli la creatività degli artigiani fonde tradizione e innovazione, Giulia propone i frutti dell'arte appresa da una grande ricamatrice. [...]

Fermo - Manifattura Fermana

Cappelli, sciarpe e guanti made in Italy C'è in Italia un luogo, Massa Fermana, che per storia e tradizione è conosciuto come la patria del cappello. Qui, nel [...]

Macerata - Arredamenti Maccioni Atos

Atos Maccioni fondò il suo mobilificio oltre sessant’anni fa ed oggi la sua Arredamenti Maccioni Atos è gestita con identica passione e professionalità d [...]

Roma - Galleria d'Arte contemporanea Edarcom Europa

Galleria d'arte contemporanea nel cuore del quartiere Appio Latino, vede l'esperto Gianfranco Ciaffi proporre assieme al figlio Francesco i dipinti, le sculture e le opere [...]

Verona - Epocart

Le case esclusive di Epocart. Ambienti pensati e costruiti intorno a voi. Epocart Case Esclusive realizza ambienti da sogno da ben tre generazioni. Queste realizzazioni s [...]

Macerata - Cartechini Argenterie

Interessante la proposta di Cartechini Argenterie, azienda che negli ultimi anni ha diversificato le sue attività imprenditoriali rivolgendosi al settore dell’edilizia [...]

Roma - Sagripanti

Entrare nella Sartoria Sagripanti significa scoprire la differenza fra un buon abito e uno pensato, progettato e costruito solo ed esclusivamente per il singolo cliente. Un te [...]

Venezia - Dalla Lidia Merletti

Nuove, fantasiose applicazioni per l’intramontabile merletto di Burano, rilanciato come dettaglio glamour da un’azienda che ha saputo intuire le potenzialità di [...]

Verona - Creazioni Tendaggi

Nel 1947 piccolo negozio di arredo tessile e biancheria per la casa, nel corso di tre generazioni ha saputo crescere, con impegno e professionalità, sino a diventare oggi un [...]

Verona - I Benetti parrucchieri

Aperto nel 1964 da Bruno, maestro d'arte, stilista di moda capelli e fondatore di un'accademia per parrucchieri, il salone è oggi gestito con competenza dal figlio A [...]

Lucca - Galleria kraag

Al centro della zona antiquaria di Lucca, città di lunga tradizione nel campo delle antichità, dal 1978 vede Carl Kraag e Valter Fabiani proporsi come eclettico punto [...]

Pesaro Urbino - Progetto Bagno

Ragusa - Tesori del Mediterraneo

Varcando questa soglia avrete tutto il bello e il buono della Sicilia sotto i vostri occhi. Immerso nella suggestiva cornice barocca del centro storico, propone infatti non solo ce [...]

Salerno - La Bottega di Brunella

Moda Positano tra neoromanticismo e contemporaneità. Un abito femminile, morbido, fresco, elegante… L’impronta è quella inconfondibile della Bottega di B [...]

Genova - CCT Mobili

Oggi come un tempo solo mobili su misura   Ottant'anni fa gli artigiani del legno lavoravano solo su misura, creando pezzi unici pensati, disegnati e costruiti per i [...]

Cuneo - Cascina Pian D'Or

Cascina Pian d'Or: nata per coltivare, produrre e valorizzare il Moscato d'Asti. Fin dai primi anni del '900 la famiglia Barbero ha lavorato i vigneti presenti nella zo [...]

Alessandria - Emmebiesse Produzione Tessuti

Quando comfort e glamour fanno la differenza   Splendide collezioni per la casa e il tempo libero, caratterizzate da inconfondibili impronte di raffinatezza, comfort e d [...]

Cuneo - Tartufi al Massimo

Da oltre 20 anni Massimo si occupa di selezionare e vendere tartufi di primissima scelta. La passione gastronomica del buongustaio riceve una scossa e viene pervasa da esaltazio [...]

Viterbo - Anselmi Porte

Stile, classe ed eleganza si fondono insieme a qualità e rispetto perla natura: queste sono le creazioni ANSELMI. Prodotti destinati ad arredare con classe i vostri ambient [...]

Roma - Santafiora Pietre

Dalla natura pietre per il futuro La pietra è il segno tangibile di ogni civiltà e non c’è espressione artistica e architettonica che possa farne a me [...]

Roma - Velletrani Giorgio | Figli

Bellezza che dura nel tempo Seria, professionale, forte di un'esperienza che cresce da oltre ottant'anni, la Velletrani Giorgio & Figli si colloca a buon diritto fra [...]

Brescia - Old England Caprettini

Una grande storia d’eleganza E’ tutta racchiusa nel prestigio del suo nome - Caprettini Old England - la storia di questo affermato negozio che, fondato nel 1884, ha [...]

Verona - Stringart

Marchio italiano di antica tradizione conosciuto in tutto il mondo per i suoi unici ed esclusivi sandali gioiello, Stringart lavora solo il miglior Cuoio Italiano conciato al veget [...]

Verona - La Palladiana

Da oltre cinquant’anni le creazioni artigianali firmate La Palladiana esprimono tutto il valore del vero made in Italy. QUI I MARMI PIÙ  PREZIOSI DIVENTANO [...]

Verona - Emmedi Pavimenti

Pavimenti e pareti d'alta classe L'arte del pavimento e del rivestimento vive da anni in questa realtdi lunga tradizione: ceramica, legno e altri materiali diventano [...]

Verona - Dolciaria di Cologna Veneta Mandorlato San Marco

Un principe della  pasticceria italiana   Un tempo Cologna Veneta era largamente conosciuta in Europa per il mercato dei bozzoli da seta, per l’industria dell [...]

Brescia - Perla del Garda

Perla del Garda    Di generazione in generazione, la passione per la terra e i suoi frutti ha dato vita a una vicenda fatta di persone e di genuina semplicità [...]

Verona - Camiceria Bellamoli

Nel cuore dello storico rione “Carega”, a due passi dalla bellissima Piazza delle Erbe, Camiceria Bellamoli offre il meglio del fashion style maschile. Qui, infatti, da [...]

Brescia - ICYacht

TECNOLOGIA E GLAMOUR   Esclusivo open sportivo che si distingue per la sua ricercatezza e design inconfondibile capace di armonizzare moderni materiali e finiture curate [...]

Verona - Salumificio Bovo

I sapori italiani che conquistano il mondo L’Italia è un enorme giacimento di preziose eccellenze gastronomiche. Fra queste i salumi prodotti dal Salumificio Bovo, [...]

Modena - Creazioni Marinella

Il total look ama la maglia Soprattutto quella raffinata e d’alta qualità che porta il marchio del made in Italy. A produrla un’azienda modenese che unisce an [...]

Bologna - Marocchi Natural Living

Qualità e idee per nuovi progetti Marocchi è il luogo di incontro per la creatività e la progettualità di designers, architetti ed arredatori. E' [...]

Vicenza - Cerato Arredamenti

I nostri valori sono  il buon vivere ....   Noi di Arredamenti CERATO abbiamo creato un nuovo modo di arredare , pensando alle vostre esigenze, e al vostro benesser [...]

Vicenza - Centro Stube Altopiano

L'arte del calore per un benessere esclusivo   La passione per il proprio lavoro il combustibile che ispira la produzione di Centro Stube Altopiano, azienda che ama [...]

Roma - La Luna del Casale

Amore per la terra e grandi vini Nasce dalla passione per la natura questa bella azienda agricola a conduzione familiare, che vede i talenti di ognuno all’opera per ottene [...]

Roma - TAPPEZZERIA ARTIGIANA SERGIO AGUIRRE

L'arte della tappezzeria la sintesi di abilittecniche-artigianali , gusto estetico e conoscenza storica. La tappezzeria di un mobile antico infatti, molto diversa da quella [...]

Latina - Ceramica Cotto di Minturno

Capolavori di un'arte millenaria   Erede di un'antica tradizione, Ceramica Cotto di Minturno propone le sue creazioni alla più qualificata clientela inter [...]

Latina - Casale San Giorgio

I popoli mediterranei cominciarono ad uscire dalle barbarie quando impararono a coltivare l'olio Teucidide V Sec. A.C. Olio extra vergine di oliva di categoria superiore [...]

Padova - Este Ceramiche Porcellane

Qui vive la storia della ceramica Este vale una visita per le intatte mura del suo castello, per la pala del Tiepolo raffigurante Santa Tecla che libera la città dalla pe [...]

Treviso - Monica Mastella

Il brand Monica Mastella nasce dal desiderio di Monica di creare un’esclusiva linea di capi-gioiello, realizzati in pregiato cashmere ed impreziositi da raffinate applicazion [...]

Roma - Sagripanti

Un mestiere antico per uno stile unico Nato nel 1942, Franco Sagripanti vantava una storia di una straordinaria passione per il proprio lavoro. Di origini marchigiane, negl [...]

Trapani - F.R. Marmi

Fondata nel 1960 dal Cav. Francesco Vito Russo, noto imprenditore trapanese, esegue accurate lavorazioni su marmo nel segno della tradizione: intarsi, sculture, monumenti ma anche [...]

Trapani - Sicilia Ca Firria

Sapori di un’isola straordinaria Sicilia Ca Firria nasce dall’idea di far conoscere al mondo i migliori sapori della buona cucina siciliana. “La nostra - spieg [...]

Trapani - Gazzerosse

Gazzerosse nasce in Sicilia, a Mazara del Vallo, in un'area vitata tra le più estese d’Italia in cui la famiglia Di Gregorio, vitivinicultori da oltre due secoli, [...]

Trapani - Azienda Agricola Rizzo Vincenzo

All’ombra della seicentesca Torre Grimesi alta 150 mt sul mare, in una cornice piena di storia e tradizioni, nasce l'azienda agricola rizzo vincenzo, specializzata nella [...]

Reggio nell'Emilia - Il Borgo del Balsamico

Aceto balsamico, un capolavoro da gustare Nella tranquillità della campagna il lento processo di affinamento continua per anni, nelle botti e nelle barrique, per donare a [...]

Torino - Brarda Gioielleria

Il progetto BRARDA inizia nel 2002 per desiderio e volontà di Brarda Giancarlo, che inizia la sua carriera giovanissimo sognando di arrivare lontano. Formato alla Scuola d&r [...]

Torino - Antica Falegnameria Dezzutti

L'arte antica della falegnameria L'entusiasmo di una moderna azienda in grado di fornire servizi d'alta qualitartigianale per realizzazioni in sintonia con le pievol [...]

Cuneo - Sabrina Creazioni

Iscritta all'Associazione Pellicciai Italiani e forte del titolo Eccellenza Artigiana, Creazioni Sabrina vi attende nel suo laboratorio per mettere a vostra completa disposizio [...]

Cuneo - Toppino

Può il concetto di sartorialità essere applicato alla produzione di arredamenti? Certo, se il produttore adotta le stesse tecniche con cui i maestri d'alta sartor [...]

Asti - Mobili Ferrero

Complementi d'arredo FOR YOU BY FERRERO, espressione dell'arte e dell'estro Made in Italy nel mondo Da sempre progettiamo arredi a misura e boiserie ma anche mobili [...]

Imperia - Minasso

Olive taggiasche e sapor di pesto Nel nord ovest d’Italia la Liguria è un arco di terra affacciato sul Mar Tirreno, patria di saporite olive e del tradizionale &ldq [...]

Vicenza - AeT Italia

Per un bagno bello e personalizzato   Sinonimo di qualità, design e innovazione, AeT è una giovane azienda dal solido know how, ambasciatrice nel mondo del [...]

Milano - N.H Sartoria

Un tempio dell'eleganza maschile Nel cuore di Milano, NH Sartoria è un atelier in cui ritroverete un lusso dimenticato. Creato da Federico Ceschi a Santa Croce in col [...]

Milano - Valigeria De Angeli

Giovane, di classe, propone le più prestigiose collezioni di pelletteria e valigeria griffate dai migliori marchi made in Italy. Grazie ai suoi cinquant'anni di esperien [...]

Milano - Chiara Vitale Atelier Kore

Creazioni solo vostre, tutte da vivere Nel quadrilatero della moda milanese, fra negozi e vetrine dedicate al prêt-à-porter grandi firme, un luogo appartato d&agrav [...]

Milano - Fumisteria Vigorelli

L'atelier dei camini e delle stufe dal 1934 Quasi un secolo di esperienza accumulata da quattro generazioni familiari sarà a vostra completa disposizione in questo si [...]

Milano - Restelli Guanti

Guanti di lusso, stile italiano Sono l’accessorio elegante che fa la differenza, il dettaglio perfetto per esaltare con personalità un look esclusivo. Marchio indis [...]

Milano - Luciano Fumagalli Lampadari

Arte, luce e prestigio nella migliore tradizione italiana Preziosi, spesso protagonisti di prestigiose battute d’asta, i magnifici lampadari della Luciano Fumagalli sono d [...]

Milano - Furlani

L’esclusivo piacere del design Il design è il concetto vincente di Furlani, azienda che nei suoi 50 anni di attività si è evoluta con il mercato produ [...]

Milano - Camiceria Ambrosiana

Camicie uniche e perfette   Si snoda lungo quattro generazioni la storia della Camiceria Ambrosiana, nata a fine '800 ed oggi gestita da Alessandro Agostini, bisnipo [...]

Milano - Valeria Bella Stampe

Stampe e foto di qualità, scelte con rigore   Attiva dal 1964 sul mercato nazionale e internazionale, Valeria Bella è un nome di prestigio nel mondo della [...]

Modena - Horus Art Ceramiche

Horus Art stata fondata nel 2000 da un gruppo di esperti con quasi vent'anni di esperienza nel campo delle piastrelle. Dopo aver raggiunto importanti successi di mercato a live [...]

Mantova - Stil Onix

Onice, dettagli glamourous per lussuosi arredi   Il Made in Italy è anche questo: un sapere artigiano che sa trattare l’onice con creatività utilizza [...]

Modena - Il Dado Arredamenti

Il made in Italy per case russe Arreda splendide case italiane dal 1970 Il Dado Architettura d’Interni, una realtà di successo, partner d’eccellenza delle mig [...]

Modena - La Fabbrica del Lino

La Fabbrica del Lino, audace eleganza. Nuove forme, sempre piinedite e sorprendenti, per abbigliamento donna con il lino, prodotto naturale, elegante, da usare ogni giorno in [...]

Reggio nell'Emilia - Gaia Mobili

"In Italia  quando una cosa la facciamo bene  ci piace raccontarla alle persone che amiamo di più ...   ... noi vogliamo raccontarla a te". [...]

Verona - Bianconi Tappeti

Il lusso di un tappeto esclusivo Qui, dove l'arte del tappeto vive da 46 anni grazie alla passione di tre generazioni della famiglia Bianconi, il signor Marco vi attende con [...]

Modena - Arezia Stone | Creative Concept

Ceramiche di lusso made in Italy   Forte di un’esperienza che cresce da oltre 25 anni nel campo della ceramica di lusso, Arezia è quotidianamente impegnata [...]

Reggio nell'Emilia - Biscottificio Orlandini

La fragranza dei biscotti appena sfornati   Le ciambelline Ilaria hanno il sapore familiare dei biscotti fatti in casa, un’autentica delizia per chi ama il gusto g [...]

Venezia - New Murano Gallery

Prestigiosi riflessi   A Murano, capitale del vetro artigianale, New Murano Gallery interpreta quest'arte millenaria con raffinata fantasia. I suoi lampadari, oggett [...]

Venezia - Kartaruga

Quando la maschera è protagonista   Fra le tante meraviglie  di Venezia vi consigliamo di scoprire anche i capolavori fatti a mano dai suoi artigiani. Da Ka [...]

Venezia - Lu Murano

Inediti vetri di Murano Artista vero, sensibile, creativo, sperimentale, Fabio Fornasier è maestro vetraio, designer del vetro e deus ex machina di LU Murano, la sua forn [...]

Milano - Fili Profili

Confezione e tessuti per l'arredamento Made in Italy Il piacere di abitare prende forma È proprio l’esclusivo servizio  “su misura” a render [...]

Milano - Salina

Da cinquant'anni  al servizio dei bebè Punto di riferimento per i genitori che desiderano offrire il meglio  ai loro piccoli tesori, Salina è un nego [...]

MB - Pigoli Salotti

Il made in Italy in salotto Pigoli Salotti nasce come tipica azienda “di famiglia”, nel solco della migliore tradizione imprenditoriale italiana, capace di offrire a [...]

Milano - C&V Vecchi Tempi

Antico e attuale Il cassettone neoclassico abbinato all’arredo minimal, la specchiera in foglia oro inserita in un contesto contemporaneo, la poltroncina d’antan accant [...]

Firenze - Antica Profumeria Monalys

In sintonia con l’antica tradizione cosmetica fiorentina, è il primo laboratorio di cosmesi “su misura”, un atelier dalle armoniose atmosfere dove nascono [...]

Firenze - Le Filigare

Le Filigare Winery & Accomadations in Chianti Relax in un gioiello del Chianti dove Alessandro, Deborah, Pietro e Lorenzo vi accoglieranno con riguardo gentilezza e cordi [...]

Firenze - Bianco Bianchi

Laboratorio attivo sin dagli anni ’60, Bianco Bianchi è un affascinante atelier oggi sapientemente condotto da Alessandro ed Elisabetta, figli dell’omonimo fonda [...]

Venezia - KE Protezioni Solari

"All’ombra del design italiano. Il massimo dello stile. Gennius Gennius è un sistema ombreggiante completo, adattabile ad ogni spazio architettonico, flessibil [...]

Parma - Pacini Marmi

Marmi pregiati e una villa da sogno Azienda artigiana, Pacini Marmi è attiva nel settore da cinquant’anni e quattro generazioni, forte di una grande esperienza nell [...]

Mantova - Bottoli

L'arte del pane si evolve: nuove forme, nuovi gusti Il mito del pane mantovano trova un degno interprete nella Bottoli, moderna azienda di grande tradizione e alta qualit&ag [...]

Verona - Biondan Fonderie Kosmolux

Opere d’Arte dal Marmo di Carrara L'affascinante splendore del famoso marmo apuano di Carrara si impone in tutta la sua bellezza nelle opere d’arte nate dall&rsq [...]

Milano - Argenteria Malinverni

Preziosi argenti da collezione Umberto Malinverni, uomo animato dalla passione e dalla genialità del vero artista, fonda a Milano, nel 1922 la rinomata Argenteria Malinve [...]

Bologna - Shock-ID

L’interior design dà spettacolo   La competenza e la creatività di qualificati interior designer per dare vita a interni straordinariamente originali [...]

Brescia - Frantoio Montecroce

MB - Elkay Fashions

Esprime il meglio del made in Italy la produzione di questa rinomata azienda artigianale specializzata nella creazione di maglieria d’alta qualità nelle fibre pi&ugrav [...]

Cuneo - Aldea Fabbrica Cioccolato

Attenta selezione delle migliori materie prime, un riuscito mix tra maestria artigiana e avanzate tecnologie, un impegno costante nella creazione di prodotti genuini e di alta qual [...]

Maserati

La Maserati è un'azienda produttrice d'automobili sportive con sede a Modena, che ha partecipato attivamente a tutte le principali competizioni con la propria Squadr [...]

Firenze - Conti Confetteria

Semplicemente unici, i dettagli che incontriamo nella nostra vita ci regalano emozioni e sensazioni che durano per sempre… Dal 1998 scrutiamo il mondo con occhi curiosi e la [...]

Latina - SV Luxury

Da un design vocato alla contemporaneità e al lusso e dalla grande esperienza della SV Luxury nascono le nuove cucce dedicate a chi ama i cani e soprattutto ai nostri amici [...]

Cagliari - Agabio

Gusto italiano per abitare con arte Gestita con professionalità e charme, Agabio è un’azienda avviata oltre un secolo fa, specializzata in ristrutturazioni e [...]

Bologna - LA SAPONERIA ARTIGIANA

L'arte di fare il sapone E’ un’arte antica quella della Saponeria Artigiana, specializzata nel produrre sapone vegetale con il metodo classico dell’impasto [...]

Pordenone - PM Interni

Il piacere di arredare, scegliere con cura forme, colori e tessuti, creare ambienti ed esclusive atmosfere, sempre originali, personali, emozionanti… Da vent'anni, quest [...]

Roma - Le Sibille

Camilla Bronzini, Francesca Neri Serneri e Antonella Perugini hanno ricreato a Roma lo spirito della bottega rinascimentale, spinte dalla passione per l’antica arte orafa.&nb [...]

Roma - Arpel Company

Arredamenti in pelle all’insegna dell’inimitabile artigianato italiano Forte della sua lunga esperienza nel commercio all’ingrosso di pellami pregiati, Arpel & [...]

Venezia - Fabio Ponchiroli

Arredo italiano, eccellenza veneziana Forte di oltre mezzo secolo di esperienza, Fabio Ponchiroli è un vero e proprio maestro della tappezzeria d'interni. Profondo co [...]

Venezia - Ombre

Il Prosecco bevuto nel mondo Ombre è il Prosecco erede della millenaria tradizione enologica del Veneto, dove il bicchiere di vino è da sempre chiamato 'ombra& [...]

Treviso - Minacciolo

English Mood Luxury, eleganza e tecnologia Forte di 40 anni di tradizione artigianale e design made in Italy, Minacciolo è oggi una realtà industriale fra le pi&ug [...]

Treviso - Cattin Porcellane

Capolavori d’alto artigianato La vera eleganza ha il suo segreto nel Bello, un valore universale che l’uomo ripropone da secoli costruendo, modellando e decorando og [...]

Pordenone - Microforce Systems

Domotica di lusso made in Italy   Fra i più prestigiosi sistemi domotici per il controllo di ville private ed edifici innovativi, Shineforce si distingue per [...]

Novara - Faim

Fabbrica Arredamenti in metallo   La FAIM nasce negli anni 60 producendo arredamento per esterno/interno in ferro e legno, arrivando con l’evolversi delle tecnolog [...]

Bergamo - La Rocchetta

PU - Casaclassica

Mobili d'alto pregio, firmati come vere e proprie opere d'arte Da quarant'anni cresce costantemente la qualità e l'unicità delle creazioni Tarba Ca [...]

FC - Villa Bagnolo

Dal 2000 la famiglia Ballarati gestisce Villa Bagnolo: un luogo meraviglioso, antico e moderno al tempo stesso, circondato da terreni vocati per la viticoltura Si chiama Castroc [...]

Ferrara - Officina del Fabbro

Specializzata nella produzione di ferro battuto, Officina del Fabbro nasce dall’incontro di Nico Pozzati con Massimo Braghini, entrambi esperti del settore. La loro realt&agr [...]

Lucca - Bottiglieria Lucchesi

Con clienti in tutta la Versilia, offre circa 2000 etichette tra vini e liquori, un’ampia e ottima gamma di proposte per la vendita al dettaglio e all’ingrosso.  A [...]

Lucca - Pantera Lucchese

Talento, passione e creatività italiana Forte di un'esperienza che cresce dal 1968, Pantera Lucchese è un'azienda che sa coniugare il grande patrimonio di [...]

Lucca - Santori Design

Favolosi ambienti, da vivere e… acquistare Santori Design, affermata realtà specializzata nella produzione e vendita di prestigiosi arredamenti, ha recentemente in [...]

Como - Cazzaniga | Gaudenzi

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Default more likely to hit American, rather than Russian economy

Russia experienced default on August 17, 1998. Today, 20 years after those events, the economic situation in Russia does not seem stable to many. As the ruble declines in value against the dollar and the euro, many believe that another default is likely to occur. However, experts say that such pessimistic forecasts are at least premature. During the late 1990s, the Russian economy had no mechanisms to protect itself from external negative factors. The crisis that started in Asia struck Russia easily. Economically, Russia was lying in ruins. The Soviet industrial complex was destroyed, and Russia's trade balance depended on oil almost entirely - more than 90 percent. During those years, Russia was running the program of short-term state liabilities known as the "GKO pyramid." It was built on the principle of a financial pyramid. Needless to say that all pyramids collapse sooner or later. In the GKO pyramid, however, the founder was the state. When the GKO system collapsed, it struck a powerful blow on the national economy. Currently, the economic situation in Russia differs a lot from that during the 1990s. First all, the share of materials and energy sectors is about 50 percent. The rest falls on the agrarian complex, chemical and military industries, machine building and a number of other strategic manufacturing industries.Secondly, despite, or even owing to such a factor of permanent external pressure as sanctions, the Russian economic system constantly develops new protective mechanisms. To crown it all, there is nothing in today's Russia that would be reminiscent to the GKO system. There are sanctions, external pressure and fluctuations in the Russian national currency. Economists, however, still give optimistic forecasts.For example, Yevgeny Yasin, who served as the minister for economy in 1993-97, believes that the war of sanctions with the USA would not cause a major economic crisis, although it would hinder development and create certain difficulties. Oleg Safonov, manager of BKS Ultima, is much more positive in his forecasts. In particular, he believes that the Russian economy does not look vulnerable today. "Despite the economic sanctions, Russia can keep calm in the foreseeable future. Russia has accumulated certain resources and restructured external debts. Plus, oil prices remain quite high. New sanctions will affect the economy, of course, but not too much," he said. US experts share a different opinion on the subject, though. Vladimir Rozhankovsky, an investment analyst with Global FX, believes that Western media outlets actively work to create a negative image of Russia in every way possible. "The scenario of 1998 is not going to repeat in Russia. Back in 1998, Asia failed to cope with enormous amounts of money. These days, however, it is developing countries that send their money to the USA. There are more chances for the US economy to collapse," the expert said. Economist Vladislav Zhukovsky does not share general optimism. "Default in Russia is inevitable. It will take place if oil prices decline. Russia receives 68 percent of its income from exporting oil and natural gas," he believes. Sergei Dubinin, the former head of the Bank of Russia, does not agree with the economist.  "The structure of the Russian economy today has nothing in common with that of the late 1990s. Today, the Russian Federation does not have a burden of a public debt, especially short-term, domestic debt. The entire Russian public debt, including the external one, is balanced by currencies. In addition, the floating exchange rate gives no promises to pay the debt at a fixed rate. The banking system is relatively stable, so default is not threatened Russia in any way." Photo credits: Fotodom.ru

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:52:00 +0300

Why Russia continues investing in US public debt

Spokespeople for the US Treasury said that Russia has not changed its share in the US public debt since June. Russia owns a $15 billion portfolio of the US public debt. Russia's investment has dropped to a minimum level since 2007. The largest numbers were reported in 2010, when the Russian government invested $176 billion dollars in the state debt of the United States of America.Russia is not on the list of 31 countries that hold most of US bonds. However, Russia stopped decreasing its share in the first month of the summer. For comparison, Russia disposed of US securities worth $80 billion during the period from March to May.From March 2017 to March 2018, Russia's investments in US Treasuries did not fall below $100 billion. The record high was reported in October 2010, when Russia owned US government securities worth $176.3 billion and was ranked the sixth in the world on this indicator. In the event the US Congress prohibits US citizens from conducting transactions with Russia's national debt, Russia may reduce its investment in the US public debt to zero. However, not to put the horse before the cart, one needs to know what US Congress decides on the new sanctions first. Turkey followed Russia's example and abjured investment in the US public debt after Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium. From May to June, Ankara's share in the US national debt dropped by 42 percent to $28.8 billion. Thus, Turkey also ceased to be one of the main holders of US bonds.China reduced its share too  - by $4.4 billion to $1.18 trillion. The share of Japan dropped to $1.03 trillion, which is considered to be the minimum indicator for Japan in the last six years.Nevertheless, the US Treasury noted that the investment of foreign countries in US Treasury securities remained at the same level - $ 6.21 trillion - in comparison with the level registered in May. A number of countries have significantly increased their shares - the UK, Luxembourg, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, South Korea, Belgium and Italy.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:04:00 +0300

Russia to build major naval base on the coast of Caspian Sea

Russia will build a modern naval base in the town of Kaspiisk (a town of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.The defence minister said that Russian specialists already started the work to expand the bay in the town for Russian warships and create necessary infrastructure on land. The first stage of construction works is to be finished by the end of this year.Viktor Zavarzin, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, said that the construction of a powerful naval base in Kaspiisk would be of great importance for the protection of the interests of the Russian Federation. The official noted, though, that the implementation of the project would require a huge amount of work to be done. For the time being, the Russian flotilla is based in Astrakhan, which is not the best option. If Russia builds a naval base in Kaspiisk, then warships of the Russian Navy would be able to enter the open water area of the Caspian Sea.The Caspian Sea is the largest closed water reservoir on the planet. One may say this is the largest lake in the world. The Caspian Sea washes the shores of five coastal states: Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:11:00 +0300

Putin to attend wedding ceremony of Austrian Foreign Minister

Vladimir Putin is planning to attend the wedding ceremony of Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on the way to Berlin, Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The party is to be held on August 18. "Yes, he'll stop by on the way to Berlin," said Peskov. Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that Austrian Foreign Minister invited Putin for the wedding when the Russian president was visiting Vienna in the beginning of June. As long as Putin is traveling to Berlin for the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a few days, the Russian president decided to accept the invitation. "We will drop by and congratulate them," Ushakov said. Earlier on Wednesday, the Kronen Zeitung, a large Austrian publication, reported with reference to its sources that Vladimir Putin was going to arrive for the wedding as a surprise guest. The ceremony is reportedly going to take place in the south of the Austrian province of Styria among vineyards, the publication wrote.On August 18, Putin is going to hold a meeting with German Chancellor Merkel. The meeting is to take place in Meseberg Palace (Schloss Meseberg) near Berlin. Putin and Merkel intend to discuss the crises in Ukraine and Syria, as well as new sanctions.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:59:00 +0300

Russia starts Star Wars first. USA concerned and puzzled

The behavior of the Russian inspector satellite, which was launched in the autumn of 2017, puzzles military officials in the United States. Yleem D.S. Poblete, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, said that the behavior of the satellite in orbit raised a number of questions.Inspector satellites are the spacecraft that maneuver in orbit and interact with other satellites. According to Poblete, the Russian spacecraft does not correspond to the functions that the Russian side had announced before. The satellite, the official added, does not execute its functions, but performs some other jobs, the details of which puzzle US specialists. The US is concerned about the satellite's behavior, as well as about Russia's developments in the field of anti-space defense systems. De facto, Yleem Poblete accused Russia of deploying weapons in space. Andrei Manoilo, professor at the Moscow State University, believes that the remarks from the US official about the behavior of the Russian satellite match the general rhetoric and come in line with Washington's foreign policy. Space is a strategic direction, where one can take leading positions. The United States would like to force Russia into another arms race similar to the one we had in the 1980s as any activity to intensify the confrontation with the United States will definitely become a burden that Russia will not be able to carry, Manoilo said. This is the reason why the US considers the use of outer space for military purposes.In addition, it is profitable for US officials to intimidate the American population with the help of the "Russian threat" because the US defense complex is currently waiting for new orders to come. It is the remarks from various low-rank American officials, like Poblete, that trigger the process to lobby military spending in the United States, the expert believes.To date, international law provides an opportunity to deploy standard arms systems in space. Countries use this opportunity for their own interests. In fact, a cruise missile carrying a nuclear warhead is practically no different than other types of military missiles that carry standard weapons, the professor said. Ivan Moiseyev, the head of the Institute of Space Policy, explained that the above-mentioned inspector satellite examined near-Earth spacecraft Cosmos-2519, which was deployed in space simultaneously with the inspector satellite. Of course, it makes no sense to deny that the spacecraft is capable of carrying out combat missions, the expert added.As a result, NORAD scientists announced the restart of the Russian program known as SOI (Strategic Defense Initiative). British specialist in space technology, Robert Christy, noted that the Cosmos-2499 had its predecessors, because Russia launched three communication satellites on December 23, 2013.The USA expresses its concerned about the situation in near-Earth space, even though it was Washington that approved the National Space Policy in 2007 declaring the right to partially extend sovereignty to outer space."Thus, even if Russia establishes military control over space with the help of interceptor satellites, the US does not lag behind her.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:41:00 +0300

Kremlin explains how Oleg Sentsov can be pardoned

If Oleg Sentsov wants to be pardoned, he needs to ask President Vladimir Putin personally about this. This is how the procedure goes in Russia, officials at the administration for ensuring constitutional rights of citizens under the presidential administration told Sentsov's mother in response to her petition for pardon of her son.The convict, Oleg Sentsov, will have to write a petition, but before it goes to Putin, a special committee and the head of the subject will have to approve the document. It is up to the head of state to make the final decision. Sentsov's mother was informed that her appeal was forwarded to the governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, where the convict serves his sentence. Oleg Sentsov's mother appealed to the Russian president on July 13 with a request to pardon her son. In her letter to the president she wrote that her son's family was going through many problems and hardships without the father. On August 9, it became known that the letter was delivered to the pardon commission under the Russian president.We would like to recall here that there were many personal requests from a variety of public figures in Russia to pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky in 2013 on humane grounds (Khodorkovsky's mother was dying) after the entrepreneur had sent his personal petition to the president. In addition, experts and journalists note that Oleg Sentsov is not a director. "Oleg Sentsov from Simferopol was a common owner of a computer club. He did not have any cinematographic or any other type of education associated with art. At some point, his business went to the bottom, and Oleg wanted to make a film about the life of a gamer. This is the story behind his motion picture "Gamer" which was released in 2012. Oleg Sentsov was convicted in Russia for 20 years imprisonment on charges of terrorist activities. In May, the man went on a hunger strike, demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners. His protest lasts for more than 90 days.Russia's Federal Security Bureau arrested Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Alexei Chirniya and Gennady Afanasyev on May 30, 2014. The men were suspected of organising a branch of the right-wing subversive and terrorist group Right Sector (banned in Russia) in the Crimean Republic.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:53:00 +0300

Details of Putin-Merkel surprise meeting unveiled

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to discuss a variety of topical issues, including sanctions, the state of affairs in Syria and Ukraine, as well as issues of economic cooperation during their meeting in Germany on August 18."As for the topics, they are going to compare notes on all most vital issues. These include, of course, the crisis in Ukraine, the crisis in Syria, restrictions that many countries now face and consequences of these restrictions," Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Putin and Merkel will also discuss possible US sanctions, including those against German companies. "They will also talk about issues of bilateral trade and economic relations, the implementation of major international commercial projects, such as Nord Stream-2 and other issues that the parties deem necessary to discuss," he added. Official representative of the German government, Steffen Seibert, said at a briefing in Berlin on August 13 that Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 18 at the government residence in Mezeberg Castle. The talks are to start at 18:00 local time.  Photo credits: kremlin.ru

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:53:00 +0300

Russian government prepares to get rid of US dollar in economy

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced a possible move that Russia can take in response to new US sanctions. The new sanctions, which the US plans to put in effect against Russia on Aug. 22, include the ban on the supplies of dual-use equipment to Russia, restrict the activities of Russian banks, lower the level of diplomatic interaction and even ban the flights of Russia's Aeroflot to the United States.Many experts believe that Russia will choose to get rid of the US dollar in its economy. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that the US dollar was an "unreliable currency." "We have significantly cut investing our reserves in US assets. In fact, the dollar, which was considered the world currency, already becomes a risk instrument for settlements," Siluanov said.The Russian Finance Minister also suggested a solution that may serve as Russia's powerful response to the United States. "We can fix the dollar equivalent, but receive the euro, other freely convertible currencies, and, eventually, the national currency for oil supplies," Siluanov said adding that Russia may continue reducing its investment in US securities. The remarks from the Finance Minister triggered many discussions in social media in Russia. Some believe that Mr. Siluanov was talking about the "beginning of the end" of the domestic market, the reintroduction of the planned economy similar to the one that used to exist in the USSR. Others see more reasons for the Russian ruble to decline further against the dollar. At the same time, the topic of the dollar peg in the Russian economy is not new. When Russian President Putin warned representatives of big business that it was becoming increasingly risky to keep money in foreign accounts and in offshore companies, he spoke about the current situation. In May of this year, Anton Siluanov also spoke about the need for Russia to move away from the dollar, although those statements did not attract much attention. "The restrictions that American partners impose are of an extraterritorial nature. The willingness of Europe to provide its position to American partners will show whether the euro can replace the dollar in settlements," he said. "If our European partners declare their unequivocal position, we certainly see a way out in using the European settlement unit and European organizations for financial settlements, payments for goods and services that often fall under various restrictions today," he added. Today, Siluanov continues this line of thinking and sees other currencies that may replace the dollar - the euro, the ruble and the yuan. The minister believes that one should invest less in dollars and use them less to be less dependent on sanctions. Yet, those who prefer to read between the lines are led to believe that the Russian government was going to ban the use of dollars in Russia. For the time being, Russia's state policy in relation to the US economy eyes further reduction of Russia's investment in US bonds and public debt. Photo credits: Fotodom.ru/Kommersant

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:21:00 +0300

Russia could abolish state pensions

State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said that state pensions could be abolished in Russia in the future. did not rule out that in Russia state pensions could be abolished. "Our pension system has a deficit, there's a big whole in it, and they fill it in from the budget. Whether we are going to have state pensions or not - this is a question too, because the budget has a deficit now too," Volodin said at a meeting with residents of the city of Saratov. The speaker of the lower house of the parliament urged citizens to think about the raise of monthly pensions, rather than about the raise in the retirement age."We in the State Duma have decided - and this ratification was adopted in the first reading - that the pension should be at least 40 percent of the salary of a retiring person who retires," he said noting that the issue has not been fully elaborated yet.Large-scale changes in the pension legislation were announced in Russia in mid-June. The government initiated the bill on raising the retirement age. President Vladimir Putin urged not to rush with such a radical decisions and stated that he, like most citizens, did not like this reform.The State Duma will consider the bill again on August 21. Photo credits: Fotodom.ru

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:18:00 +0300

Putin convenes Security Council meeting to discuss new sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin convened a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation to discuss the new sanctions that Washington is going to impose on Russia on August 22. The participants of the meeting agreed that the sanctions are completely illegitimate. "The participants of the meeting discussed the new unfriendly steps that Washington may take in the form of trade restrictions. They stressed out the illegitimacy of such actions from the standpoint of international law," the Kremlin press service reported. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov took part in the meeting. On August 8, the US State Department announced new sanctions against Russia in connection with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. The USA is to introduce the first package of new sanctions on August 22. The new restrictions will affect exports of goods for the defense industry. During the meeting, Putin also discussed issues related to preparations for the Caspian summit in Kzakhstan. The summit of the Caspian Five (Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iran) is to take place on August 12. The leaders of the "Caspian Five" intend to sign the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, the work on which has been conducted since 1996.  The parties will also consider key aspects of cooperation in the Caspian region and sign a number of five-sided intergovernmental documents. Photo credits: commons.wikimedia.org

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:17:00 +0300

Russia PM: USA declares economic war on Russia. Russia must respond

The tightening of economic sanctions against Russia can be considered a declaration of an economic war, and Russia will have to respond to this war, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on August 10 at a meeting with employees of the Kronotsky State Reserve."I would not want to comment on future sanctions, but I can say one thing. If they ban the activities of banks or the use of a particular currency, then it can be called a declaration of an economic war, " said the Prime Minister. "We will have to react to this war - with economic methods, political methods, and, if necessary, with the help of other methods, and our American friends should understand this," Medvedev said. Speaking about the current and recently announced sanctions, Medvedev said that the USA wants the Russian government to change its positions on certain issues. "By and large, they want to restrict our economic power," the Russian prime minister said. He reminded that the West had imposed sanctions on Moscow many times during the Soviet times as well. "For the last 100 years, our country has been living under conditions of constant pressure of sanctions. They want to remove Russia from the list of powerful competitors on the international field," he said."Russia was developing fairly well in the early twentieth century, and despite all the difficulties of the Soviet period, there were periods of rapid development, and many did not like it. This is not particularly appealing to those countries that are involved in the imposition of sanctions - largely the United States and a number of their allies. Nothing has changed since then," Medvedev said.As an example of unfair economic competition, Medvedev referred to restrictions with regard to Russia's gas supplies to Europe. The US is interested in supplying its own liquefied natural gas to the European market, and this is a tool of unfair competition," Medvedev said.On August 8, it also became known that the USA would introduce additional sanctions against Russia on August 22 over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. The new restrictions will affect exports of dual-purpose goods to Russia. If Russia provides no guarantees to the United States that it will not use chemical weapons, Washington may impose more restrictions on Russia, which may ban, inter alia, Aeroflot flights to the United States and denial of bank loans.The news of the sanctions have depreciated the Russian ruble against the euro and the dollar. One dollar is traded at around 67 rubles (77 rubles for one euro).

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:45:00 +0300

Kremlin running out of patience as USA tries to create smoke without fire

The Kremlin has reacted to the news about the US intention to impose new sanctions against Russia because of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter."We consider it absolutely unacceptable to link the new restrictions, which we still consider illegal, with the Salisbury incident," Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on August 9. "We once again strongly deny any accusations in the context of Russia's possible involvement in what happened in Salisbury. This is out of the question," he added. When asked about possible retaliatory actions that Russia could take in response, Peskov said: "For the time being, talking about countermeasures would be wrong, because we need first to understand specifically and officially, what this is all about." The Kremlin spokesman called the intention of the United States to impose new sanctions on Russia  an "absolutely unfriendly" move, which comes contrary to the recent meeting between Russian and US presidents in Helsinki.However, according to Peskov, the United States is "a very unpredictable participant of international affairs," and "now you can expect anything from Washington." At the same time, Putin's press secretary said that Russia retains hope for building constructive relations with the US.Dmitry Peskov also said that Russia manages to keep its financial system in proper condition, despite Western restrictions.Maria Zakharova, an official spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the United States wants to deteriorate bilateral relations with Moscow deliberately."As a condition for lifting the sanctions, the Americans set forth clearly unacceptable requirements for us, and this is the first stage. We are being threatened with a further escalation of sanctions pressure," she said. "Thus, the US is consciously following the path of the further aggravation of bilateral relations, which they have in fact reduced to zero already," Zakharova added. She assured that Russia would develop measures in response. Dialogue with Russia from the standpoint of power and ultimatums "is useless and unpromising," she added. It is worthy of note that the outflow of capital since the beginning of the year, the export of capital from Russia has increased to $21.5 billion and is to reach $30 billion by the end of the year.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:28:00 +0300

Russians tired of Putin's foreign policy

The share of Russians, who support Putin's foreign policy has been decreasing. A recent opinion poll shows that the Russians are tired of Russia's foreign political agenda and want to help themselves, rather than other countries. When asked "What attracts you in Vladimir Putin?" in 2016, 22 percent of Russians said that they supported his foreign policy. In July 2018, the share of those sharing the same view dropped to 16 percent, a new study conducted by Levada Center said. In 2016, 25 percent of the polled said that they admired Putin's policy to defend Russia's interests. In 2018, however, the number of those people dropped by eight percent to 17 percent. At the same time, almost a half of respondents said that they considered Putin an experienced politician (49%), while in 2016 only 33% of respondents chose such an answer. Many Russians still admire Putin's vigour and determination (30% in 2018 and 31% in 2016), and 22 percent (in 2016 - 21 percent) called him a visionary politician.When asked "What you do not like about Vladimir Putin?" 17 percent of respondents both now and in 2016 preferred to indicate to his connections with big capital. In 2018, 16 percent of respondents said that Putin is indifferent to interests of the people (+5% since 2017). Fourteen percent said that the head of state is connected with corrupt politicians (17 percent in 2016). Nine percent of the polled believe that Putin does not cope with his job (six percent in 2016). The poll was conducted on July 19-25 among 1,600 people.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:34:00 +0300

Russia's pension reform to split Putin's majority in Navalny's favor

Alexei Navalny announced another protest action in Russia on September 9. On this day, which will be the single voting day in Russia, Navalny urges all Russians to publicly express protest against the pension reform. Mr. Navalny traditionally tries to make his mass events happen on special and important days. Apparently, the opposition blogger tries to receive as much media coverage as possible in Western countries. Most of Navalny's meetings and rallies take place as unauthorized events, in which his followers often clash with representatives of law-enforcement agencies. It is important to understand that Alexei Navalny is not an independent persona. Simply put, he acts as a conductor of Western influence in Russia. It became especially evident after the rallies on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow. Those rallies became an attempt to make Maidan riots happen in Russia. It is worthy of note that Mr. Navalny had openly spoken about the need to raise the retirement age in the past. These days, however, he wants the Russians to protest against the pension reform. We have no questions to Mr. Navalny about it, because this is common logic of his political "struggle," or business, better to say. He has been extremely consistent in this business of his. The main question is why he had an opportunity to appear in the niche that is highly important for the entire Russian society. We believe that he appeared there because a public discussion on the need to raise the retirement age in Russia had failed from the very start. The State Duma is now on holiday, so there is no communication between electors and  parliamentarians. However, Internet and social media never go on holidays. Russian bloggers express their ardent protest against the pension reform bill and pay absolutely no attention to statements about important changes that the bill may have during further discussions in the parliament. State-run mass media, however, try to work in accordance with their agenda. First off, they do not call the pension reform a "reform" and refer to the experience of foreign states, even though Russia has major ideological discrepancies, if not confrontation, with Western countries. At the same time, the silence of the government, which came up with this reform and started promoting it, and the active position of the parliament, which started passing the bill contrary to all of its principles and reputation, creates interesting political sentiments in the Russian society. The majority of Russian people have their eyes on Vladimir Putin as the only power institution that remains with this majority and who is ready to conduct a full-fledged dialogue with his people, or listen to them, at least. All this takes us back to Putin's pre-election campaign, which the presidential administration should have supported informationally. It turned out, though, that it was Putin himself, who conducted the campaign for himself with his own forces and his real policy.In general, the situation with the pension reform is the same.  The Kremlin should have launched a massive propaganda campaign to inform the population and establish communication channels with people to make the discussion as massive as possible. Nevertheless, the Kremlin does not seem to be willing to pay attention to the problem, whereas the majority of Russians have their hopeful looks attached to President Putin as the only legitimate representative of power in the country.What was the point of running the campaign of "transparent and legitimate" elections in Russia, if those who won the elections are unwilling to listen to their electors nor do they want to pay attention to what their electors say on such an important topic as retirement age. As for Navalny and its protest activity, it is clear how he is going to promote it in the media. Alexei Navalny will portray himself as a person, whom the Russian administration accuses of working for the West, of stealing timber and buying luxury cars, etc, etc. Meanwhile, a social protest in Russia is turning into a political one. Mr. Navalny can now win the support of not only young people, who want more adrenaline in their blood. He can win the support of mature adults - people of pre-retirement age, who make the core of so-called Putin's majority. The consolidated majority has made it possible for Russia to achieve considerable economic and political progress. Today, however, this majority may split. One is left to wonder if OMON riot police dare to twist elderly people's arms and drag them into police vans during street protests. What will Putin say if it happens? On September 9, 2018, the Russian Federation is to hold elections of various levels, including additional elections of seven deputies to the State Duma, elections of heads of 26 subjects of the federation (22 direct and 4 through voting in parliament), and elections of deputies of legislative (representative) state power bodies in 17 regions of the Russian Federation. In regions where governors resigned after June 9, the elections will be held on the single voting day in 2019.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru 

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:48:00 +0300

Most Russians do not notice absence of delicious foreign food products

Most Russians are not concerned about the absence of imported foodstuff that fell under Russia's food embargo that the country introduced four years ago, a new study from Romir public opinion search center said.According to the study, only 24% of respondents said that they were upset about the shortage of imported products in Russian grocery stores. At the same time, 76% of respondents said that they were not concerned about the absence of certain foodstuffs that Russia used to import from the United States and other countries of the West that imposed sanctions against Russia, the study said.However, many Russians are still unhappy about the quality of domestic products (particularly cheese) that replaced foreign analogues in food stores. Fifty-five percent of the polled said that they were satisfied with the substitution of imported foodstuffs. More than a half of the polled - 55% - supported the extension of the food embargo, while 45% said that Russia should lift it. The study was conducted among 1,300 people over 18 years of age living in all federal districts of the Russian Federation. On August 6, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning imports of certain types of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs from the countries that imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation. The Russian food embargo affected the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway. To this day, Russia does not import meat, sausages, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products from those countries.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:18:00 +0300

Russia to respond with military-strategic blow to new USA's sanctions

Russia is prepared for another package of US sanctions and may respond to it with a military and strategic blow.The new bill about new sanctions against Russia includes measures against the Kremlin elite and bans transactions with a new Russian sovereign debt. The Russian side will respond to the US with mirrored military and strategic measures, Anatoly Aksakov, the chairman of the Committee for Financial Market at the State Duma said. Russia may revise some of Moscow's international obligations. Aksakov stressed that it goes about  new acquisitions of Russia's sovereign debt, which does not need to be increased as the budget operates with a surplus.Russia's budget is based on the price of oil at $40 per barrel. Taking into account the fact that today the price of oil is above $70, the Russian National Welfare Fund, which accumulates reserves, has been growing lately. Thus, the impact of US sanctions in this regard will be minimal.Russia is prepared for the new sanctions, which, as Aksakov believes, are not going to affect the Russian economy. However, foreign investors have been turning their backs on Russian securities lately because of the intention of the US administration to impose new sanctions on Russia. The Kremlin noted that US senators are going too far. As long as Russia's unsubstantiated and far-fetched interference in US elections gives US officials the right to cause economic damage to the Russian economy and to the well-being of the Russian population, Russia has every reason to develop its own measures, including military and strategic ones, that would lead to irreparable losses for the US economy and population. Russia may revise some of its international obligations against the background of its highly strained relations with the West. In the past, Russia had assumed certain obligations under certain international legal conditions. As long as the conditions are changing, the obligations will change too. The US abjures its international responsibilities on a regular basis as well, including in the sphere of control over the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (Iran nuclear deal), and in terms of tariff and non-tariff protectionism in trade.According to the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper, the document entitled "Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKAA), is intended to exert economic, political and diplomatic pressure on Russia in response to Russia's ongoing interference in the American electoral process. The authors of the document pay special attention to Russia's "pernicious influence in Syria" and "aggression in the Crimea".The authors of the document are Democrat Ben Cardin, Republican Lindsey Graham, Democrat Robert Menendez, Republican Cory Gardner, Republican John McCain, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. The measures to be taken against Russia include "sanctions against political figures, oligarchs, family members and others who directly or indirectly contribute to illegal and corrupt activities on behalf of Vladimir Putin."DASKAA also contains a paragraph on restrictive measures against transactions involving investment in energy projects that have the support of state or parastatal organizations of Russia, as well as sectoral sanctions against any person in Russia that could be involved in "malicious cyberactivity."The bill has received a lot of media attention lately because of its requirement to prohibit transactions with the new Russian sovereign debt. Interestingly, the bill appeared soon after the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki. The DASKAA text also complicates the procedure for the US withdrawal from NATO as much as possible and simplifies the transfer of defense equipment to the countries of the military bloc in order to reduce the dependence of certain NATO countries on Russia's military equipment.US officials started proposing new anti-Russian initiatives after the Helsinki summit.  For example, Republican Senator John Barrasso put forward an initiative against Russia's Nord Stream 2 energy project. According to him, European countries need to diversify their imports of natural gas and opt for organic fuels from the United States.Experts believe that such actions could take the world to a global crisis as financial markets would experience the shock that the world has not seen since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Restrictions on capital mobilization and sales of energy carriers would imply default on Russia's external obligations, the amount of which is only slightly less than the debts of LB before its bankruptcy. USA's new measures may thus trigger the effect of a house of cards and lead to deleverage on all markets. In the beginning of the current year, when everyone was expecting sanctions on Russia's federal OFZ bonds, the US Treasury Secretary clearly stated that such a move would be dangerous for the world financial system. At the same time, the USA may pass the DASKAA act to keep Russia on a short leash as was the case with the CAATSA act, the implementation of which took place only eight months after the document was adopted.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:54:00 +0300

Russian ruble declines in value because Russia has no economic sovereignty

Russia should end the sanctions war with the United States by creating its own national monetary system, Valentin Katasonov, an economist, told Pravda.Ru. This week, a group of US senators submitted a bill on the introduction of yet another package of sanctions against Russia. They include, inter alia, a ban on the purchase of Russian debt securities (federal loan bonds, OFZ bonds) by US companies. These securities appear as one of the main lending tools for the economy under the conditions of restricted access to the banking sector. Given the intention of US Congress to put more and more pressure on Russia for interfering in US elections, one shall assume that President Trump will sign it. If the new sanctions affect Russian federal bonds, the ruble may decline in value by 5-15 percent.

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 17:51:00 +0300

Iskander missile complex can now strike sea targets

Russia's Iskander-M missile complex will now be able to strike static targets at sea. Earlier, the system could be used against ground targets only, a source told Interfax. For example, now the Iskander missile system can strike a moored vessel. The original version of the system could not conduct such operations. Russia's Baltic Fleet based in the Kaliningrad region, received Iskander-M operational-tactical complexes in May of this year.

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 13:58:00 +0300

Russia explains reasons to write off debts of many countries worldwide

According to Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Federation has written off a considerable amount of debts from the times of the Soviet Union to several countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, former USSR). According to Lavrov, this money could hardly help Russia in resolving its current problems.The minister believes that Russia would have never received that money anyway. In addition, Lavrov said, it would be extremely difficult to prove at which rate the money had been given to borrowers  during the times of the Soviet Union. The USSR, Lavrov added, was not a participant of the international monetary and financial system, and the ruble rate would be established by the State Bank of the USSR.Over the last quarter of the century, the Russian Federation has waived the debts to foreign states totalling $140 billion. Russia has written off $30 billion of Cuba's debt and a bit more than $10 billion of the debt of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). The debts that Russia has waived for African countries total $20 billion. In 2016 and 2017, Russia wrote off $1.5 billion for Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.Writing off debts to the countries that would never be able to repay them, one can gain political benevolence of their governments and thus create if not an ally, but reliable and grateful partners.

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:35:00 +0300

Moscow aware of NATO's plans to attack Russia

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian administration was aware of the plans of Russia's potential enemies to start a war against the Russian Federation. "Our awareness of what plans the US and other Western countries' militaries are nursing in relation to the Russian Federation is guaranteed," Lavrov said during the "Territory of Meanings" youth forum. The minister also said that Russia's military presence in the world ensures the nation's security and defense capability. Despite recent changes in the global agenda, Russian citizens will be protected accordingly, he added. Lavrov's remarks on the subject were not incidental. NATO regularly conducts exercises near Russian borders, especially in the Baltic countries. At the same time, the presence of US Navy vessels in the Black Sea has been growing steadily. NATO officials, including Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, constantly speak about "Russia's aggression" and NATO's need in defence. In February of this year, Lavrov spoke about NATO member states preparing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia, linking those efforts with large-scale military exercises near Russian borders. NATO continues its expansion policy and does not mind accepting Georgia. These statements, however, are still extremely difficult to implement in practical terms. For Georgia to join the alliance, NATO should first recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as sovereign and independent states. Needless to say that the West is not ready to do it. At the same time, NATO continues the program for the modernisation of non-strategic B61 nuclear bombs in Europe. This is an American weapon that should be upgraded before 2024. There were 150 such bombs in Europe as of the winter of 2017. This fact does not contribute to easing tensions  between Russia and a number of Western countries either. This is probably one of the reasons why Putin paid so much attention to the development of new types of nuclear weapons when he delivered his annual speech to the Federal Assembly. It is worth mentioning here that Russia has completed the trials for the new weapons and launched serial production of some of them. In general, the awareness of potential threats is a normal situation for any developed country, and this is what Sergei Lavrov meant when he spoke at the forum. NATO does not want to stop its manoeuvres against "those Russians," although this is a political and demonstrative step. However, such a demonstration of power, in turn, makes it clear that Russia needs to continue strengthening its own armed forces as well.

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:35:00 +0300

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