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Russia averts plot to assassinate Putin: state TV

Russia’s secret service has arrested two men in connection with a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after the March 4 presidential elections, Channel One state television said Monday. The station showed two men who said they were acting on the orders of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov. They said…

Putin warns against ‘truly catastrophic’ attack on Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia is concerned about the “growing threat” of an attack on Iran over its nuclear program, warning that the consequences would be “truly catastrophic.” In an article on foreign policy for publication on Monday, six days before a March 4 presidential election…

Anti-Putin human chain protest hits Moscow

MOSCOW — Thousands of Russians linked hands around Moscow on Sunday in a protest against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s expected return to the Kremlin for a third term in elections next weekend. A din of endless honking descended on Moscow’s 16-kilometre (10-mile) Garden Ring Road as drivers expressed support for…

Motorists circle Moscow in anti-Putin protest

Moscow drivers flying white balloons and ribbons prepared to circle the Kremlin on Sunday in protest against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s likely return as president in March 4 polls. The second such auto rally in three weeks was due to be picked up in other cities as the opposition sought…

Putin vows to boost Russian population

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to reverse Russia’s demographic decline and boost its population to 154 million, as he ramped up his re-election campaign in the face of protests. In a new campaign article addressing his core constituency including employees of state companies and blue-collar workers, Putin also…

Shaken by rallies, Putin says Russian society maturing

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, facing an outburst of protest against his rule, called Monday for an update of Russia’s political system in response to what he said was a maturing civil society. “We need to create a political system where people can and must speak the truth,” Putin said in…

Russia’s new middle class warriors hit the streets

Middle class but disillusioned, Igor and Rina are typical of the new generation of Russian activists who cannot wait to join a protest on Saturday against strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Like others from a host of members of Russia’s middle class — young, Internet-savvy, urban — Igor, 34, a…

Newsreader who ‘buried Putin’ is Internet star

A newsreader who slipped up and said bloggers were debating whether Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should be buried has become an Internet sensation and received thousands of grateful posts in Russia. Maria Bukhtuyeva, a newsreader from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, made the mistake when wanting to say presidential hopeful…

Putin says South Stream pipeline construction will begin in 2012

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday brought forward to 2012 the date for starting construction of the South Stream pipeline that aims to deliver Russian gas to Western Europe while avoiding Ukraine. Putin’s announcement marks an acceleration of the timetable for building the hugely ambitious pipeline and comes after Moscow…

Putin ‘pleased’ by Russian protests

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he was pleased with the protest wave that shook his 12-year domination of Russia but rejected opposition claims that parliamentary elections were rigged. In his annual phone-in session, Putin sought to show he was relaxed about the mass protests alleging fraud in parliamentary…

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