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Former Russian Olympics official personally mocked by Putin says he was ‘poisoned’

A former Olympic official who fled Russia after President Vladimir Putin criticised him for delays and cost overruns before the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi claims he has been poisoned. Akhmed Bilalov, fired as deputy head of the Russian Olympic Committee in February, said on Saturday that doctors had discovered elevated mercury levels in…

New space race: Putin unveils $50 billion drive for Russian supremacy

President Vladimir Putin on Friday unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome from where humans will fly to space by the end of the decade. Fifty-two years to the day since Yuri…

Bloggers expose lavish lifestyles of Putin loyalists

Bloggers who oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin are targeting top lawmakers loyal to the Kremlin with scandalous revelations about their luxury apartments and jet-setting lifestyles which run counter to their patriotic rhetoric. Recent exposes have focused on the most outspoken lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party who have voted…

Putin marks one year re-election anniversary with popularity, despite political crackdowns

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked a year since his election to a third term on Monday riding a tide of popularity despite his crackdown on political freedoms and tense ties with the United States. The 60-year-old former KGB spy won an overwhelming 63.6 percent of the vote in March 4…

Putin wins re-election with almost 64% of vote

Russian leader Vladimir Putin crushed his rivals in presidential elections with almost 64 percent of the vote, according to results published Monday based on an almost complete vote count. Putin won 63.97 percent of the vote in Sunday’s polls, well ahead of his nearest rival the Communist Party leader Gennady…

Putin set to reclaim Kremlin in landslide poll win

Russian leader Vladimir Putin was set Sunday to return to the Kremlin after crushing his opponents in a presidential election which the opposition said was marred by serial violations. Putin would win the polls in the first round with a score approaching 60 percent of the vote followed by his…

Russians vote as Putin seeks return to presidency

Russians voted on Sunday in presidential polls likely to return strongman Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a record third term amid a wave of protests unseen for decades. Voters in the world’s largest country, spread across nine time zones, will cast their ballots in a marathon election stretched over…

Putin says ‘happy’ about protests

Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is running for president in Sunday’s polls, said the mass protests against him made him “happy”, but expressed confidence that the majority of people support him. “I am very happy about this situation, because that means that the authorities… have to actively react to what is…

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 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…

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