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Russia bringing ‘PRISM on steroids’ to Sochi Olympics

Russia’s Sochi Games: Why you may want to leave your laptop at home (via The Christian Science Monitor) Russian President Vladimir Putin (c.) smiles as he lights the Olympic flame at Red Square in Moscow on Sunday. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP) Visitors to the upcoming Sochi Winter Games will be able to…

Putin: Aggression against Syria would violate international law

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called any possible foreign military intervention against Syria a form of “aggression” that would rattle the entire region and contravene international law. Putin told a summit of an ex-Soviet security group that he was grateful for its decision to support Moscow’s refusal to sanction…

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…

Obama pleased Putin takes responsibility for ‘client’ Assad

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was pleased that Russian President Vladimir Putin had taken responsibility for his “client,” — Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Obama also denied in an interview on ABC News that he had been outfoxed by Putin in accepting a deal…

McCain to respond to Putin in Russian newspaper

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will publish a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed piece with a column of his own in a Russian newspaper, Reuters reported on Friday. McCain’s column will appear in the newspaper Pravda, an idea that reportedly began as an offhand joke he…

Putin scolds U.S. on Syria in New York Times column

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any US military strike on Syria that circumvents the United Nations would undermine the global body and risk unleashing a wave of terror. Such military action would “result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders,” Putin wrote…

Anti-LGBT law to have no impact: Sochi Games chief

People attending the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi next February will not be affected by a controversial law which is viewed as being anti-gay, Sochi Games president Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Sunday. Chernyshenko, who masterminded the successful campaign to win the right to host the…

Obama: ‘I didn’t set a red line’ on Syria, ‘the world set a red line’

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the world had set “a red line” for Syria and the international community’s credibility was at stake if it did not take action against the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Obama made the remarks after arriving in Sweden for a two-day visit,…

Putin: Edward Snowden ‘condemned himself to a rather difficult life’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who received asylum in Russia, is a “strange guy” who condemned himself to a difficult fate. “You know, I sometimes thought about him, he is a strange guy,” ex-KGB spy Putin said in an interview with state-run Channel One…

Putin demands U.S. prove Syria chemical weapons use

Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded on Saturday that the United States shows proof that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, arguing that failure to do so would mean that none exists. “Regarding the position of our American colleagues, who affirm that government troops used… chemical weapons, and say that they…

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