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‘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 bans protests at Sochi Olympics and restricts access to the city

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned protests in Sochi during the Winter Olympics next year and ordered severely restricted access to the city, according to an decree published Friday. The presidential decree published in the official newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta imposes special zones on the territory of Sochi “in order to…

Russia’s sports minister dismisses criticism of anti-gay law: ‘This is an invented problem’

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Sunday accused western media of overplaying the anti-gay issue that has plagued the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. However, Mutko insisted the controversial law was not just about homosexuality but also to protect Russian youth from ‘drugs, drinking and non-traditional relationships’ — the term…

Flooding in eastern Russia could force 100,000 to be evacuated

More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia’s flood-hit Far East, a minister said Saturday, warning this figure could reach 100,000 as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region. The deluge has been declared a natural disaster in the worst-affected regions of Amur and Khabarovsk, where Russian President Vladimir Putin…

Anti-LGBT pundit Pat Buchanan backs Putin’s anti-LGBT law

Failed presidential candidate and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan lent his support to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his syndicated column on Tuesday, arguing that Putin is actually protecting Christians from discrimination. “Putin is trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for…

Fox News host demands escalation of nuclear hostilities with Russia over Snowden

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett on Thursday suggested that President Barack Obama should pull out of nuclear treaties and send missiles to Europe after Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden. During a discussion about the American president’s decision to cancel a one-on-one…

Snowden’s father says Putin will continue to stand firm

By Tabassum Zakaria and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor, predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow’s decision to grant his son asylum. Lon…

Russian television network accidentally airs anti-Putin rant

A Russian television channel accidentally interrupted its evening news show with a doom-laden report of evils committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently slipped on air by a disgruntled employee. The female newsreader on the Eastern Express channel, based in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, read an upbeat item about…

Obama cancels meeting with Russia’s Putin over Snowden asylum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is cancelling his planned meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for next month in Moscow, an administration official said on Wednesday. The Obama administration has repeatedly expressed disappointment after Moscow granted asylum to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, rejecting U.S. pleas to…

Putin: Snowden will leave as soon as he’s able to

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been stuck in a Moscow airport for three weeks, would leave Russia as soon as he is able. He also accused Washington of preventing the fugitive from leaving Russia after he arrived from Hong Kong on…

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