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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev mocked for ‘taking nap’ during Olympic ceremony

Russia's sidelined Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was mercilessly mocked by bloggers Saturday after apparently falling asleep during the high-octane ceremony to open the Sochi Winter Olympics. Medvedev served as Russian president between 2008 to 2012……

Russia considers raising divorce fees to avoid bad marriages

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has backed a proposal to make divorce far more expensive as a way of discouraging ill-considered matches, state media reported Tuesday. “The motives (for the suggestion) are understandable: switch on your brain when you’re getting married, otherwise there’s going to be material penalties,” the prime…

‘Putin in drag’ artist seeks asylum in France

A Russian artist said Thursday he has fled to France and is applying for asylum after police seized his painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear. Police on Tuesday raided an exhibition in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, which next week hosts…

‘Putin in women’s underwear’ painting seized by Russian police

Russian police said Wednesday they had raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women’s lingerie. Police said they confiscated four paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin and closed down the exhibition of his work in Russia’s second city…

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places in Russia

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country, the Kremlin said Monday. The law makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places…

BP and oligarchs face off as $4.9 billion claim looms

BP prompted the spat with AAR, the consortium of Russian and Russia-connected oligarchs who own half of oil company TNK-BP, by agreeing a share swap and Arctic exploration deal with Russian-state-controlledRosneft <ROSN.MM>. AAR secured a court injunction that blocked the deal, which finally collapsed in May when the quartet of billionaire shareholders…

Putin to run for Russian presidency again in 2012

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin declared on Saturday that he planned to reclaim the Russian presidency in an election next March that could open the way for the former KGB spy to rule until 2024. The announcement, greeted by a standing ovation at a congress of the prime minister’s ruling…

Russia may shut 30 airlines: official

Russia may recall the licenses of 30 smaller airlines in response to a recent spate of plane crashes that officials blamed on poor safety procedures, the Federal Air Transport Agency said Wednesday. The announcement came just days after President Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to shut down unreliable airlines after…

‘Medvedev Girls’ strip for Kremlin chief

Two young women stripped down to bikinis in central Moscow on Thursday to express support for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in the latest exposure of bare flesh ahead of 2012 polls. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has already inspired an apparently rival group of women to similar acts of naked daring…

Russia faces crisis if Putin returns: Kremlin advisers

Russia faces a massive crisis including economic collapse and social tensions if Vladimir Putin rather than Dmitry Medvedev stands in presidential polls, two Kremlin advisers warned on Wednesday. In the most vocal call yet for Medvedev to seek a second mandate in 2012 elections, the advisers from the Institute of…

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