Vladimir Putin was sworn in as President of Russia again, with a personal mandate of harnessing the resource potenial of Russia’s far eastern territories (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images) [GALLO/GETTY] Moscow, Russia - Vladimir Putin – the apex of a highly personalised system – is back as President of Russia. Forget about a velvet [...]
Putinator power Vladimir Putin is focusing on three key areas for Russia’s future: the economy, development of eastern Russia, and NATO.
In search of Putin’s money People & Power investigates claims that Russia’s political supremo has amassed a secret multi-billion dollar fortune.
On March 4, 2012, Vladimir Putin was elected to serve as Russia’s president for another six years, and he is set to take up office following his inauguration on May 7. To his supporters, such as those we encountered celebrating at an election night government rally in Moscow, Putin is a hero, the [...]
Barack Obama was recorded saying he would have more “flexibility” after November’s election Continue reading the main story Related Stories Russia in Europe missile threat Obama reaffirms ties with Poland Sarkozy exposed by Israel gaffe TV cameras have recorded US President Barack Obama making unguarded comments with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Mr Obama said he [...]
By Jonah Hull in Europe on Thu, 2012-03-22 12:47. Photo by EPA In resisting two previous United Nations resolutions on Syria, Russia’s position was that the texts were unbalanced and aimed at regime change. It insisted both sides should cease fire and begin negotiations, without preconditions or ultimatums. Western powers, demanding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [...]
THE ROVING EYE Why Putin is driving Washington nuts By Pepe Escobar Forget the past (Saddam, Osama, Gaddafi) and the present (Assad, Ahmadinejad). A bet can be made over a bottle of Petrus 1989 (the problem is waiting the next six years to collect); for the foreseeable future, Washington’s top bogeyman [...]
Get over it: The Czar is back It’s time to get reacquainted with the world according to Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin shed tears after his victory in Russia’s presidential election [Al Jazeera] Bangkok, Thailand - He even shed tears – an unlikely remake of “From Russia with Love”. The Russian Orthodox Church- which steadfastly supported his campaign – was more than pleased. The tears of the Czarwere, in theory, in honour of the citizens of [...]
Russia Seeks Major Role in Mideast Politics Moscow and its Brics partners need to establish a new multilateral mechanism for regional security By Patrick Seale February 26, 2012 “Gulf News” — After a long absence, Russia is now demanding a seat for itself at the top table of Middle East affairs. [...]
Doll ‘protesters’ present small problem for Russian police Police in Siberian city ask prosecutors to investigate legality of protest involving display of toy figures holding miniature placards
Lego figurines, Kinder surprises and other toys played the role of ‘demonstrators’. Photograph: Sergey Teplyakov/vkontakte link to article http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/26/doll-protesters-problem-russian-police Doll ‘protesters’ present small problem for Russian police Police in Siberian city ask prosecutors to investigate legality of protest involving display of toy figures holding miniature placards Russian police don’t take kindly to opposition protesters – even if [...]
Abramovich, Berezovsky and the real story of Russia’s lost billions The glitz of two squabbling multimillionaires grabs the headlines but distracts from the high price ordinary Russians have paid
Roman Abramovich and his entourage appear at the high court to face charges made by Boris Berezovsky. Photograph: Rex Features It has been bizarre to watch, from the safe distance of Moscow, how the British press has reported the court case between Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky. All the classic ingredients of tabloid fare are there: vast [...]
Why Washington Wants ‘Finito’ with Putin The Shady National Endowment for Democracy &The Prime Agenda of ‘Whoever’ is Next US President By F. William Engdahl
January 10, 2012 “BFP” – Washington clearly wants ‘finito’ with Russia’s Putin as in basta! Or as they said in Egypt last spring, Kefaya–enough! Hillary Clinton and friends have apparently decided Russia’s prospective next president, Vladimir Putin, is a major obstacle to their plans. Few however understand why. Russia today, in [...]
Open Letter on NATO Missile Defense Plans and Increased Risk of Nuclear War by (see signers below) December 13, 2011 To President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev: Recent U.S. decisions to deploy an integrated missile defense system in Western, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, coupled with the continued expansion of NATO [...]
The Russian Bear dominates the Arctic To continue its dominance on the Arctic, the Russian Bear needs the help of foreign markets, investors and technologies.
Russia’s Arctic coastline stretches over 6,600 km and 11 time zones [GALLO/GETTY] Vancouver, Canada - In the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, Marko Ramius, the rogue captain of a Soviet nuclear missile submarine, evades the US and Soviet navies by maneuvering deftly through a narrow and winding – but precisely charted – mid-Atlantic trench. [...]
Russia Scolds United States for Human Rights Abuse MOSCOW – Russia sought to undermine the authority of the United States as a global judge of human rights on Wednesday with Moscow’s first report to detail allegations of torture, phone tapping and abuse by the U.S. government. President Obama and Vladimir Putin in happier [...]
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The vice president of Syria secretly visited Moscow on Dec. 16 to discuss the possibility Russia would grant President Bashar Assad and his family political asylum, an Israeli newspaper reports. Quoting Israeli sources, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Sunday that Farouq Al-Shara met with foreign minister Sergi Lavarov and proposed [...]
Protesters gather to protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia’s parliamentary elections on Sakharov avenue in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. Photo by: AP More than 100,000 take to the streets across Russia to protest election fraud In one of the biggest demonstrations in the history of modern Russia, protesters call for removal of [...]
Russian anti-Putin protests draw thousands to Moscow again Opposition activists claim 80,000 attend demonstration over vote-rigging claims, as Gorbachev calls on Putin to resign
Demonstrators gather to protest against election fraud claims, in Moscow. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Moscow to protestagainst allegedly fraudulent elections, as opposition leaders issued scathing personal attacks on Vladimir Putin in the hope of preventing his return to the presidency next year. Mikhail Gorbachev has urged Putin to follow his [...]
RELATED MATERIALS: Russia: Protests Go on Peacefully Russia: A Voice of Discontent The Era of Apathy (Russia post-election protests) After a decade of being treated like children, Russia’s electorate is finally finding its voice by Tanya Lokshina Published in: Foreign Policy DECEMBER 13, 2011 Western media and policymakers often explain the lack of pluralism in [...]
Medvedev orders probe into poll allegations President breaks silence after largest anti-government protests in Russia’s post-Soviet history.
At least 50,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday, claiming Russia‘s parliamentary elections were stolen [EPA] Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, says he has instructed the government to investigate the allegations of electoral fraud during the December 4 parliamentary vote. Tens of thousands rallied in Moscow and other cities on Saturday in the largest anti-government protest [...]
Russia braces for nationwide protests Moscow rally against “poll fraud” by ruling party set to attract 30,000 people, with protests in several other cities.
Rallies in at least 15 cities are expected as anger over claims of fraud by the ruling United Russia party grows [EPA] Russia is bracing itself for the first nationwide protest against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule amid signs of swelling anger over a poll won by his ruling United Russia party with the alleged help of widescale fraud. Moscow authorities gave permission for 30,000 [...]
Russia Warns of Nuclear Arms Race as Missile Defense Talks Deadlock NATO Says Russia ‘Wasting Money’ By Trying to Counter Shield by Jason Ditz, December 07, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Reports from French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe caution that the ongoing talks with Russia regarding the NATO [...]
Saving Shambala from a Russia-China pipeline Opening a remote border region to development threatens to destroy Central Asian wilderness and culture. Jon Letman
A boulder-strewn creek flows near the Tabyn-Bogdo-Ola mountain range on the Russia-China border [IGOR HEITMAN] Kauai, Hawaii - Pristine wilderness in a remote corner of Siberia and a Stone Age archaeological legacy notwithstanding, Russia and China are working furiously to complete a natural gas pipeline agreement that would see the fragile Ukok [...]
Gorbachev calls for Russian elections to be declared void Former Soviet president says Kremlin must send people to the polls again or face long-term unrest over alleged voting fraud
Mikhail Gorbachev say Russia should hold fresh elections. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images Russian authorities should annul the parliamentary vote results and hold a new election, the ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has urged, as popular indignation grows over alleged election fraud. Thousands of Russians have rallied in Moscow and St Petersburg in the past two days, facing off [...]
Russia Bashing By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 06 December 2011 Russia Bashing - by Stephen Lendman On December 4, parliamentary elections were held to fill 450 State Duma seats, Russia’s Federal Assembly lower house. With nearly all votes counted, RIA Novosti said Medvedev/Putin’s United Russia party won 238 seats, falling slightly below a majority with 49.67% of the [...]
Vladimir Putin’s United Russia will lose its majority in the lower house of parliament if early exit polls are right. Above, seamen vote at a polling station outside Saint Petersburg. Photograph: Greenfield/SIPA /Rex Features Vladimir Putin set to lose majority amid complaints of electoral violations Opposition leader condemns ‘theft of votes’ after reports of pre-filled [...]
Vladmir Putin’s United Russia party expected to see its support fall as people tire of prime minister’s strongman style
Russian women casting their vote in Tskhinvali: Vladimir Putin‘s party could see its support fall from a current majority of two-thirds to 53%. Photograph: Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters Russians vote in national parliamentary elections Vladmir Putin’s United Russia party expected to see its support fall as people tire of prime minister’s strongman style reddit this Associated Press [...]
Election monitor held ahead of Russia poll Head of Western-funded watchdog is detained for 12 hours by authorities ahead of parliamentary vote.
Last minute preparations are under way in Russia ahead of country’s parliamentary election [AFP] The head of Russia’s only independent election monitor was detained for 12 hours at a Moscow airport after refusing to hand over her laptop “for checking”, in a move to stop it monitoring Sunday’s parliamentary vote, the group’s lawyer said. “Golos, as well as [...]
The reincarnation of the current PM as president poses a challenge to western powers for which they seem ill-prepared
Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, who seems set to become president in March. Photograph: Reuters Putin prepares the Russian empire to strike back The reincarnation of the current PM as president poses a challenge to western powers for which they seem ill-prepared reddit this Comments (73) Simon Tisdall guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 December 2011 20.00 GMT [...]
Putin accepts party’s presidency nomination Foreign powers accused of funding political opponents of Russian PM seeking a return to his old job.
Putin told United Russia delegates on Sunday that foreign NGOs were trying to influence the course of the vote [EPA] Vladimir Putin has accepted his ruling party’s nomination to return to Russia‘s presidency, while accusing foreigners of funding his political opponents. Putin, president from 2000-2008 and now prime minister, is expected to easily recapture the presidency [...]
Russia threatens to target US missile shield Medvedev demands legal guarantees regarding aim of land- and sea-based radars and interceptors
. Medvedev has said Russia will not be satisfied by simple declarations and wants a binding agreement [Reuters] Russia has threatened to deploy missiles to target the US missile shield in Europe if the US fails to allay the country’s concerns about its plans. In a televised statement on Wednesday, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, said that his country would have to take [...]
China and Russia refuse to back US over Iran US president fails to win support from Hu and Medvedev at APEC summit as he seeks to rein back Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
President Obama’s call for tougher action on Iran at the Hawaii summit went largely ignored by China and Russia [EPA] Barack Obama’s push for consensus over renewed concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme have had a lukewarm response from the Russian and Chinese leaders attending the APEC summit in Hawaii. The US president had sought support from Dmitry Medvedev [...]
Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman admits Greek urn find was staged Archaeologists who had discovered ancient amphorae planted them in shallow water for Russian PM, says Dmitry Peskov Vladimir Putin’s claim to have discovered the urns was widely ridiculed in the Russian blogosphere and independent media. Photograph: Ria Novosti/Reuters reddit this David Batty and agencies guardian.co.uk, [...]
Vladimir Putin: return of the king The then President Putin at a military shooting range in 2006 Photograph: Itar-Tass/Reuters It is virtually inevitable that Putin will next year become Russia‘s president again. What will that mean for Russia, the world, and indeed the man who just can’t seem to give up power? reddit this Luke [...]
Dmitry Medvedev, left, is expected to replace Vladimir Putin as Russia’s prime minister. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters The fallout from Vladimir Putin‘s announcement that he plans to return to the Kremlin is being felt throughout Russia, with a key liberal official indicating that he plans to quit the government. The finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, a darling of the [...]
They Were Truly Idiots’ Yevgeny Kondakov / DER SPIEGEL In a SPIEGEL interview, Mikhail Gorbachev, 80, discusses the last days of the Soviet Union, his failure to resolve problems with the Communist Party and the ensuing bloodshed he says still troubles him today. He also accuses Vladimir Putin of pulling the country “back into the [...]
Mikhail Gorbachev: I should have abandoned the Communist party earlier Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, said he should have left the Communist party months before the attempted coup of 1991. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images The former president looks back on his role in the fall of the Soviet Union 20 years ago [...]
You can view this video report at http://english.aljazeera.net/video/europe/2011/07/201171775013503307.html Homemade drugs have had devastating effects on addicts across Russia, where about 100,000 people are thought to be making and using substances made from legal and easily available ingredients. One of the drugs, called ‘Krokodil‘ (or crocodile), named after the scaly-looking sores it causes, is made from a combination of headache [...]
You can view the video report at: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/europe/2011/07/2011716163013373942.html Investors in Russia are pulling billions of dollars out of the country. In the last few months, an estimated $30bn has left the country. Russia is one of the few places in the world where foreign investors can buy into the country’s massive oil, gas and natural-resources wealth. [...]
Every revolution is a surprise. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it one-party dictatorship, the state-owned economy, and the Kremlin’s control over its [...]
Russia to build gas pipeline to China if contract signed – Gazprom. 16/6 Tass 446 MOSCOW, June 16 (Itar-Tass) — Russia will build a gas pipeline to China if a contract on gas deliveries is signed, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Thursday after touring the Russian and Chinese presidents through the company headquarters. Gazprom [...]
Russian Sub To Join NATO Exercise for 1st Time AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published: 27 May 2011 16:22 BRUSSELS – A Russian submarine will take part in the world’s biggest submarine rescue exercise with its former Cold War foe, NATO, next week, the military alliance said May 27. The Russian submarine, the first to participate in any [...]
After bin Laden Hit, U.S. Aides Raise Dubious Hopes for Peace by Gareth Porter, May 09, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Barack Obama and top administration officials have taken advantage of the killing of Osama bin Laden to establish a new narrative suggesting the event will pave the way for negotiations [...]
Nato units left 61 African migrants to die of hunger and thirst Exclusive: Boat trying to reach Lampedusa was left to drift in Mediterranean for 16 days, despite alarm being raised Share1587 Jack Shenker in Lampedusa guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 May 2011 21.30 BST Article history Refugees from Libya reach Lampedusa. A Nato ship failed to [...]
Medvedev wants to stay on as Russian president, says leading MP Medvedev set to defy pact with prime minister Vladimir Putin and seek second term, claims prominent politician Share154 Tom Parfitt in Moscow guardian.co.uk, Sunday 1 May 2011 18.17 BST Article history According to a leading politician, the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev (right), is set [...]