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Interview with Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Stuart Prior Print E-mail

Interview with Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Stuart Prior, Chairman of Prior Group, 14 June 1991

The interview was taken as part of a study mandated by the New Zealand authorities to look into ways in which New Zealand could take advantage of the economic changes and consequent opportunities emerging in the USSR as a result of the Gorbachev reform period changes. Khodorkovsky was selected for interview - on 14 June 1991 -  as one of the intelligent and talented young entrepreneurs who were emerging in Moscow at this time.

The interview took place at a time of rapid, often bewildering changes, in the later Gorbachev period as the reform process in the USSR gathered speed.  From the perspective of the interviewer, Khodorkovsky gave a fair and balanced assessment. He provided insights into economic/political trends and developments and problems and challenges .

New Zealand debuts at Russian Agrofarm 2014 Print E-mail

Dec 10, 2013 - New Zealand will make its debut at Agrofarm 2014, with a stand showcasing eight leading edge agribusiness companies. New Zealand’s presence at the show is significant as 2014 also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Russia.
New Zealand’s reputation as a leading global food producer is due to its strength and leadership in pastoral farming. The small Southern Hemisphere nation is known for its low cost and efficient conversion of pasture to protein, and the systems that surround it — from food safety to processing and logistics.
As a result, agricultural technologies developed in New Zealand are now helping other countries improve farming practices and deliver higher yields and greater consistency in farming outcomes.

Kiwi Greenpeace activists freed from Russian jail Print E-mail

Nov 23, 2013 APNZ - Both New Zealand Greenpeace activists being held in Russia over an Arctic drilling protest have been freed on bail.
David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp were arrested with the so-called Arctic 30 in September after Russian authorities boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, in international waters.
They were charged with hooliganism, along with 26 other Greenpeace activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer.
Mr Haussmann was granted bail earlier this week and walked out of Russian prison yesterday. Mr Beauchamp has now also been freed.

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully visits Russia Print E-mail

Nov 2013 - On 4-5 November 2013, at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister H.E. Sergey Lavrov, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully made an official working visit to the Russian Federation.

The visit reciprocated the visit made by Minister Lavrov to New Zealand in January 2012 (the first ever dedicated bilateral visit by a Russian Foreign Minister).  On 5 November the two Ministers discussed the current state of bilateral relations and their prospects for future development. Particular attention was given to the priority being given to concluding Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

New Zealand’s McCully Thanks Lavrov for Promoting Syria Peace Print E-mail

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully underscored Russia’s positive role in the Syrian peace process at the Tuesday meeting with his Russian opposite number, Sergei Lavrov.

McCully thanked Russian diplomats for their constructive effort in settling the ongoing Syrian conflict and unrelenting push for the long-overdue Geneva-2 conference, Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina said.

FTA talks between CU and New Zealand proceed fast - Russian Minister Print E-mail

MOSCOW, 5 November (BelTA) – The talks on the free trade agreement between the Customs Union and New Zealand are on the advanced stage, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on 5 November following the talks with his New Zealand’s counterpart Murray McCully, BelTA has learnt.

“The free trade agreement between the Customs Union and New Zealand can give a special impetus to the trade and economic cooperation. The talks on the text of the agreement are on the advanced stage. We have agreed to consider additional steps to speed up the process,” Sergei Lavrov said.

Two Greenpeace Kiwis arrested in Russia may avoid piracy charges Print E-mail

2 October 2013, NZN, Greenpeace NZ is hopeful two Kiwis arrested in Russia alongside 28 other activists will avoid piracy charges.
New Zealanders David John Haussmann and Jonathon Beauchamp were among those arrested last month after two campaigners tried to board an Arctic oil platform.


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Russia - New Zealand Video

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Russia - New Zealand Quotes

Yes, I have been to all those places that we talked of, and stayed in them long enough to - as you used to say - "air oneself" - in them... It has been... very wonderful - especially Russia. Russia was all that we had imagined and far, far more.Katherine Mansfield, 1920
Перееду в Лос Анджелес, только если Новую Зеландию поглотит цунами... или если произойдёт атака марсиан. Расселл Кроу, 2003

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Russia - New Zealand History

We are having long lambskin coats made with outer surface of Gabardine. A good warm cloth overcoat is also recommended by Australian Legation which advises in addition, furlined coat. We have not examined cost of latter but have been informed by a local resident previously living in Russia that they are “de rigueur” for official classes, sheepskin coats being associated with peasantry…Fur caps and furlined gloves are recommended. Top hats are not being taken.
What a country in which the occurrence of queues outside shops is a sign of improving conditions.
It is the most wonderful springtime, the tenderest green on the trees. As always in Moscow, the spring is so fresh, it seems to be happening for the first time.
The Russian language is like a sack pulled over the head of the wretched foreigner. Those like Ruth Macky and me, who have cut an eyehole or two in the sack, have to lead by the hand those who are still living in the darkness. Curious, but the one who shows most promise of all the beginners is Mrs Boswell. For myself I reckon I’ll know Russian well in ten years’ time. It really is a monster of a tongue. Paddy Costello, New Zealand diplomat and linguist, Moscow, 1944

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