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Putin’s ‘New Russia’ takes shape in eastern Ukraine

Fielding questions during a live phone-in last month, President Vladimir Putin described regions of eastern and southern Ukraine as a “New Russia” that could one day return to Moscow’s control. Now that vision is taking shape. Russia’s widely condemned annexation of Crimea in March and Putin’s increasing rhetoric about protecting…

Putin to visit Crimea for May 9 military parade

President Vladimir Putin will make his first visit to the Crimean peninsula since Russia annexed the territory in March, reports said Wednesday, in a move to bolster public support amid simmering tensions in Ukraine. Russian dailies Kommersant and Gazeta……

Edward Snowden: Putin lying about the lack of mass surveillance in Russia

Snowden Calls BS On Putin’s Answer: Says He Was Playing The Role Of Ron Wyden (via Techdirt) Yesterday we, like many, were perplexed by Ed Snowden’s decision to go on a Russian television program, and to ask Vladimir Putin a question about whether or not the Russians do mass surveillance…

Putin shrugs off U.S. sanctions on top aides but holds off on reprisals

President Vladimir Putin on Friday made light of the latest US sanctions against his aides over the Ukraine crisis, saying Moscow would hold off on reciprocal punitive measures. “You know, both in the first case — the American sanctions — and in the second case — the introduction of a…

Members of Congress ‘proud’ to be sanctioned by Russia’s Putin

US lawmakers scoffed at sanctions imposed on them by Russia Thursday, saying it was a point of pride to be on President Vladimir Putin’s blacklist. Minutes after President Barack Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russian officials over the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin struck back with travel bans against US lawmakers,…

Ukraine mobilizes following Putin’s ‘declaration of war’

By Natalia Zinets and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. “This is…

Putin orders Russian military to boost presence in Arctic after Canada signalled intention to claim the North Pole

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s military on Tuesday to step up its presence in the Arctic after Canada signalled its intention to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters. The tough and quick response to Canada’s announcement reflected Russia’s desire to protect its oil and natural gas interests in the…

Kremlin laughs off rumors that Putin married former Olympic gymnast

The Kremlin on Wednesday rubbished rumours that President Vladimir Putin had got remarried in a monastery to a former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics gold medallist, saying the talk had “nothing in common with reality”. The Russian strongman’s private life has been the subject of intense speculation since he and his wife…

Putin: Former Italian PM only convicted for sex with a minor ‘because he lives with women’

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a swipe at critics of his country’s widely-criticized law against LGBT “propaganda” while defending friend and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday, saying Berlusconi was only convicted of sex with a minor because he is heterosexual. “Berlusconi is on trial now because he…

Maddow to conservatives: Your man-crush Putin is just not that into you

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow lambasted conservatives who have suddenly found themselves enamored of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. She urged the right-wing figures who are currently slavering over the often-shirtless Russian president-for-life to “zip it up” and show some self-respect. The town of Rockford, IL,…

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