A new 1,000 km oil pipeline travels from Russia's Far East to China (photo: dpa)

Economics: Is Moscow losing its grip on its Far East riches?

The on-going squabbles between Moscow and Kiev are a mere sideshow. Russia's global standing is no longer dependent on it regaining political strength over Ukraine but over its forgotten land - the Far East region which fast-growing China is eyeing up for the vast resources it holds, says GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund.

MUCH has been made of the fragmentation into independent states of the western parts of the former Russian Empire after the collapse of the Soviet order.

And while most Russians have been able to live comfortably with the re-emergence of thr...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
In the post-Soviet era, the Far East has fallen into rapid decay
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