Russian President Medvedev talks with Tajikistan’s President Rahmon in Sochi

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 8:37 pm (UTC+0)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) talks with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon (L) as Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens during their meeting at health resort Rus in Sochi, August 18, 2010. Russia, which analysts say is seeking to increase its influence in Afghanistan and the surrounding region two decades after Soviet troops withdrew, hosted Karzai and Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari for talks on security and drugs. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov (RUSSIA – Tags: POLITICS)

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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