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Putin and Obama order security agencies to find way out of Snowden impasse

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama have ordered the chiefs of their respective security agencies to find a way out of the impasse caused by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden’s stay in a Moscow airport, a senior official said on Monday. “Of course (Putin and Obama) don’t have…

Putin says Snowden is ‘free to leave’ in Moscow airport

NAANTALI, Finland (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible. Putin told a news conference during a visit to Finland…

Pussy Riot members make surprise U.S. visit to help free jailed friends

Two members of the Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot on Friday urged the United States to help free their friends jailed last year for an anti-government protest performance. The two women, who slipped into the country on a surprise visit, met with US lawmakers as well as White House…

Russian President Putin and wife say their marriage is over

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, said on television on Thursday that they have separated and their marriage is over. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Steve Gutterman) [New Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila walk after an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin…

Putin signs ban on foreign bank accounts into law

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into a law on Tuesday a ban on top officials and their families holding foreign accounts in a bid to improve a government image left tarnished by a tax scandal and economic slowdown. But the measure is a watered down version of the original bill…

Putin reports earning less than his spokesperson in 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin earned 5.7 million rubles (140,000 euros,$183,000) last year, roughly the same as the prime minister but significantly less than his spokesman declared, government income figures showed Friday. The highest earner in the list was First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, one of Russia’s richest state officials…

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…

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