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  • Kremlin pivot to China slowed as projects delayed
    Kremlin pivot to China slowed as projects delayed Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Katya Golubkova and Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - A growing economic crisis in Russia and a growth slowdown in China that has rattled world markets mean about $113 billion worth of joint projects ranging from gas pipelines to power grids have been stalled or delayed. With a major crackdown on corruption also in progress in China, and Russia hit by sanctions, falling oil prices and a collapsing currency, some joint Russian-Chinese projects may be delayed indefinitely, industry sources and analysts say. The developments represent a major challenge to President Vladimir Putin's strategy of a pivot to Asia, spurred last year by the imposition of Western sanctions on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis. More »

  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism
    Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. More »

  • Jordan's king tells Putin he must help find solution on Syria
    Jordan's king tells Putin he must help find solution on Syria Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    King Abdullah of Jordan told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday Moscow had a vital role to play bringing together rival sides in Syria to seek a solution to a war that has killed a quarter of a million people. The two were meeting amid a renewed diplomatic push on the conflict in Syria, where fighting has intensified and where Islamic State now controls vast territory. "We need to find a solution on Syria. More »

  • Russia's Putin hosts Middle East leaders at air show
    Russia's Putin hosts Middle East leaders at air show Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has played host to the king of Jordan and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi on the first day of Russia's main aviation and space show. More »

  • Mideast leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon
    Mideast leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia's military industry. More »

  • Russia orders Wikipedia page blocked over cannabis link
    Russia orders Wikipedia page blocked over cannabis link Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A Russian government agency on Monday ordered Internet providers block access to a page on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia for containing banned information on a type of cannabis. The move could lead to the Russian-language version of Wikipedia becoming totally inaccessible, the organisation that supports the website warned, since Wikipedia uses a protected protocol which means providers cannot block separate pages on the same site. Since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012, Russia has passed legislation banning sites that contain child pornography, drug-related or militant material, or which advocate suicide. More »

  • Alex Salmond blasts BBC Scottish independence coverage after Nick Robinson bullying …
    Alex Salmond blasts BBC Scottish independence coverage after Nick Robinson bullying … Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Alex Salmond has attacked Nick Robinson after the outgoing BBC political editor compared protests against his coverage ahead of the Scottish independence referendum to scenes from Vladimir Putin's Russian. Robinson is set to replace Jim Naughtie as a presenter on BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs show the Today Programme. More »

  • Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin
    Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev's pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia's Vladimir Putin. More »

  • Hiding From Putin On The French Riviera
    Hiding From Putin On The French Riviera Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Mr Pugachev is on the run. He already lived with several bodyguards as he is locked in apparently endless litigation with Russia's state. Oligarch Boris Berezovsky, a staunch opponent of Vladimir Putin, was found hanged in England - the coroner recorded an open verdict . More »

  • 'Putin the Polite', chilling hero of Russian souvenirs
    'Putin the Polite', chilling hero of Russian souvenirs Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    He may be in charge of an economy in crisis, but if mobile phone covers and souvenir mugs are a barometer of popularity, Russian President Vladimir Putin need not fear for his political future. In fact, Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year has given the memorabilia makers even more material to glorify a president whose image as a champion of Russian national interests in a hostile world is barely challenged in his own country. Tourists who visited the city of Kazan for this month's world swimming championships would have found Putin-face wall clocks and monster fridge magnets with the president in various heroic poses - as bare-chested action man, naval commander ("We will not abandon our own!") or historic "Volodya (Vladimir) the Brave". More »

  • Rotenberg brothers lobbied for new Russian railway head - paper Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Two brothers belonging to President Vladimir Putin's inner circle lobbied for the appointment of Deputy Transport Minister Oleg Belozerov as the new head of Russia's vast state railway monopoly, the newspaper Vedomosti reported on Friday, citing anonymous sources. The paper quoted several sources as saying Belozerov was close to Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, who are subject to U.S. sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict for their business ties to Putin. "Arkady and Boris Rotenberg supported Belozerov's appointment," Vedomosti quoted a source close to the government as saying. More »

  • Nick Robinson condemns Putin-like protests against referendum coverage
    Nick Robinson condemns Putin-like protests against referendum coverage Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Nick Robinson has compared protests against his coverage of the Scottish independence referendum to something out of Vladimir Putin's Russia. More »

  • As Russia burns imported food, a bid to destroy clothes Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government has been burning food products that fall afoul of an import ban imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions. Now the textile industry is asking President Vladimir Putin to destroy black-market clothes, too. More »

  • US boxer requests Russian citizenship after Putin meet
    US boxer requests Russian citizenship after Putin meet Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    US boxer Roy Jones Jr. officially requested Russian citizenship Thursday after drinking tea with Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin on the Crimea peninsula Moscow snatched from Ukraine last year. More »

  • US boxer Roy Jones Jr. asks Putin for Russian citizenship
    US boxer Roy Jones Jr. asks Putin for Russian citizenship Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — American former world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russian citizenship over a cup of tea. More »

  • Putin says 'glad' to give US boxing star Russian passport
    Putin says 'glad' to give US boxing star Russian passport Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would be glad to grant a request for Russian citizenship from US boxer Roy Jones Jr as the multiple world champion visited Russian-annexed Crimea. More »

  • Putin warns hostile states plotting 'sabotage' in Crimea
    Putin warns hostile states plotting 'sabotage' in Crimea Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday that several foreign states were recruiting and training people to carry out acts of sabotage on the Crimean peninsula seized by Moscow last year. More »

  • Russia's Putin would consider meeting Obama at U.N.
    Russia's Putin would consider meeting Obama at U.N. Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend next month's U.N. General Assembly in New York and would "consider constructively" any request for a meeting there with President Barack Obama, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Relations between Russia and the West hit a post-Cold War low over Ukraine, where Moscow annexed Crimea from Kiev last year and where Washington and Brussels say it is driving a separatist pro-Russian revolt in the east. Russia sides with the rebels but denies arming them, or sending its serving troops to fight on their behalf in east Ukraine. More »

  • Putin open to meeting Obama at UN meet: Russian FM
    Putin open to meeting Obama at UN meet: Russian FM Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin would be open to meeting with American counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday. More »

  • Russia's Putin: Beware of foreign-funded sabotage in Crimea
    Russia's Putin: Beware of foreign-funded sabotage in Crimea Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned his security forces to be wary of foreign-funded sabotage in Russia-annexed Crimea. More »

  • Russian foreign minister: Putin willing to meet with Obama
    Russian foreign minister: Putin willing to meet with Obama Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has indicated that President Vladimir Putin would be willing to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama if the U.S. wants to talk. More »

  • Putin dives in mini-sub to shipwreck off Crimea
    Putin dives in mini-sub to shipwreck off Crimea Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin burnished his action man image on Tuesday by diving down in a mini-submarine to explore a shipwreck off the coast of the Crimea peninsula that Moscow seized from Ukraine last year. More »

  • Ukrainian, French, German, leaders to meet Monday in Berlin
    Ukrainian, French, German, leaders to meet Monday in Berlin Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine are to meet in Berlin on Monday in a bid to bring an end to a new wave of violence in Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday blamed the Ukrainian government for the latest upsurge in fighting between Kiev's forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country. The clashes, near the port of Mariupol in the southeast and at rebel-held Horlivka, further frayed an increasingly tenuous ceasefire as Ukraine prepared to mark its Independence Day next week. More »

  • Putin confidant Yakunin unexpectedly quits powerful railway post
    Putin confidant Yakunin unexpectedly quits powerful railway post Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    By Gleb Stolyarov and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Yakunin, the powerful head of Russia's state railways and an old friend of President Vladimir Putin, is to leave his post to become a senator, a rare and unexpected reshuffle in the Kremlin's inner circle. The move, revealed while Yakunin was on holiday, appeared to be a significant demotion for a man who has known Putin since they set up a cooperative of lakeside mansions for the elite in St Petersburg in the 1990s, and was named by the U.S. Treasury as his "close confidant". Putin himself did little to dispel the sense of surprise. More »

  • Longtime Putin ally set for exit from Russian Railways post Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's oldest political allies appears set to leave his post as head of Russian Railways, the country's largest employer, for a position with less influence. More »

  • Russia's Putin blames Kiev for increased violence in east Ukraine
    Russia's Putin blames Kiev for increased violence in east Ukraine Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday blamed the Ukrainian government for the latest upsurge in fighting between Kiev forces and Russia-backed rebels in east Ukraine. After taking a dive in an underwater submersible in Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed from Kiev last year, Putin told reporters: "Regrettably, we are now seeing this conflict escalation and the blame lies not with the Donbas militia but with the rival side," he said, referring to the rebel-held Ukrainian region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes. ... More »

  • Ex-Kremlin Internet 'troll' wins suit against ex-employer Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court on Monday awarded symbolic damages of one ruble ($0.01) to a former "Kremlin troll" who sued her ex-employer and demanded closure of what she describes as a "factory" that has been churning out Internet propaganda defending President Vladimir Putin. More »

  • Putin slams 'external control' over Ukraine on Crimea visit
    Putin slams 'external control' over Ukraine on Crimea visit Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday slammed alleged "external control" over Ukraine's government as he made his third visit to the Crimean peninsula since Moscow seized the region from Kiev last year. More »

  • Russia's Putin visits annexed Crimea, warns Tatars on status Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    By Denis Dyomkin OPOLZNEVOE, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Crimea's minority ethnic Tatars on Monday they should not strive for special status on the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, stoking Cold War-like tensions between Moscow and the West. Muslim Tatars comprise more than 10 percent of Crimea's population and largely opposed falling under Russian rule last year, remembering the mass deportations ordered by Moscow during the Soviet era. Putin began a three-day visit to Crimea much to Kiev's anger, with the aim -- according to the Kremlin's website -- to hold meetings on ways to develop the Black Sea peninsula and promote tourism there. More »

  • Putin's Crimea visit aims to stir up Ukraine conflict - Poroshenko Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko criticised Russian leader Vladimir Putin for visiting Russia-annexed Crimea on Monday, saying his action was part of a plan to whip up tensions in eastern Ukraine. "This is a challenge to the civilised world and a continuation of the plan to escalate the situation which is being carried out by Russian troops and their mercenaries in the Donbass (east Ukraine)," Poroshenko said in a Facebook post. Putin visited Yalta in Crimea on Monday to promote tourism on the peninsula, according to the Kremlin's website. More »

  • Consumer Rights Advocates to Sue Putin Over Food Destruction
    Consumer Rights Advocates to Sue Putin Over Food Destruction Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    A Russian consumer rights charity is appealing to the country's High Court against President Vladimir Putin's decree to destroy food imports which have been banned under sanctions against Europe, independent news agency Interfax reports. The decision to destroy food seized by Russian authorities at the country's borders began being widely implemented earlier last week, causing summer. Now the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Consumer (OZPP), a Moscow-based organisation which was condemned by Putin in June for advising Russians who visit Crimea to abide by Ukrainian law and request permission from Kiev, will dispute the decision to destroy food in court. More »

  • Recalling famine, Russians decry Kremlin destruction of food imports Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Larissa Tarkhanova well remembers the Soviet-era rituals of lining up, often for hours, to obtain basic foodstuffs in the "grocery stores" of those days. As a clerk in a pretty well-stocked local food shop, Ms. Tarkhanova says she knows how far her country has come, generally supports its leadership, and seldom complains about anything. The Russian government has been destroying vast quantities of foodstuffs, from pork and cheese to apples and tomatoes, because they originated in Western countries covered by retaliatory counter-sanctions ordered by President Vladimir Putin a year ago. More »

  • Russia's Putin discussed escalation of violence in Ukraine - Interfax
    Russia's Putin discussed escalation of violence in Ukraine - Interfax Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a recent spike in violence in east Ukraine with his security council, Interfax said on Wednesday, citing the Kremlin. Interfax added that Putin also discussed ways to counter Islamic State. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska) More »

  • Venezuela says pushing for OPEC, Russia action to stem oil fall Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Cash-strapped Venezuela is pushing for an emergency OPEC meeting and joint coordination with Russia to stem a tumble in oil prices, President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday night. "We're working towards a special OPEC meeting, in coming days we'll announce .... We're making contacts with OPEC governments," Maduro said during an hours-long televised broadcast. "We're evaluating the possibility that a very high ranking OPEC meeting be called, and that in coordination with the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin, we can advance in taking a series of actions to defend the oil market in the face of this latest fall," he added. More »

  • Donald Trump is OK with 'whining.' Is it his superpower? Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Is whining Donald Trump’s superpower? CNN host Chris Cuomo quoted critics to the effect that Trump, if sitting across from world leaders like Vladimir Putin, would whine and “become snippy with them” if they said something he didn’t like. Trump agreed. More »