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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…

Vladimir Putin tells Edward Snowden: Russia doesn’t carry out NSA-style mass surveillance

President Vladimir Putin has told the National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, that Russia is not carrying out mass surveillance programmes of the kind Snowden exposed in the US. Snowden made a video-link appearance during Putin’s marathon televised question and answer session to ask the president about Russia’s attitude to…

Germany’s Merkel rebukes Vladimir Putin over proposed Crimea referendum

By Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine’s constitution. Putin defended breakaway moves by pro-Russian leaders in Crimea, where Russian forces…

Kerry tells Putin: You can’t invade another country ‘on a completely trumped up pretext’

WASHINGTON  – Note to Kerry: There was a war in Iraq. For a while. Wry observers noted Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry made some unintentionally ironic comments when he went on the Sunday TV circuit to protest Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Kerry appeared on Face…

Russia sentences seven anti-Putin activists to prison, detains 200 protesters

Russian police detained hundreds of protesters Monday outside a court that sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years for demonstrations against Vladimir Putin's third presidential inauguration. The Moscow court sentenced the seven……

Obama: Putin’s tough-guy act is a ‘schtick’ for the locals

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that Vladimir Putin’s bored, tough guy act was just a ‘schtick’ designed to boost his domestic political image. Obama and his Russian counterpart have become known for stilted photo ops during bilateral meetings at various global summits, in which they stare straight ahead and…

SNL mocks Putin in skit featuring ‘less talented, but undeniably heterosexual figure skaters’

The cold open of last night’s Saturday Night Live addressed the controversy surrounding Vladimir Putin’s anti-LGBT policies. “In case of any last minute problems,” the female announcer began, “the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to put together a ‘B-squad’ of less talented but undeniably heterosexual figure skaters.” The first contestant…

Pussy Riot vows to continue protesting human rights abuses in Russia

Two Pussy Riot members on Friday vowed no let-up in their campaign against human rights abuses inside Vladimir Putin’s Russia as they made their first overseas trip since being released from jail. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were freed from prison last month, are in Singapore for a video…

Pat Buchanan: Anti-LGBT Vladimir Putin is a true conservative hero

Pat Buchanan has a man crush on Vladimir Putin, and he doesn’t care who knows it. The American arch-conservative lauded the Russian president for his crackdown on LGBT people in his own country, saying that Putin was defending “moral clarity” in a world gone mad. “While privacy and freedom of…

President Viktor Yanukovych tells Vladimir Putin Ukraine and Russia must advance ‘strategic partnership’

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the two countries must develop their strategic partnership, as massive pro-EU protests raged in Kiev. “Today’s meeting is, to a certain extent, a strategic one,” said Yanukovych. “We must not stop and should continue developing our strategic…

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