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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…

Russian artist who impersonated Marilyn Monroe and Vladimir Putin dies at 43

Top Russian artist, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, who painstakingly transformed himself to resemble Adolf Hitler, Marilyn Monroe and Vladimir Putin for avant-garde photo performances, has died at 43, Russian news agencies reported Thursday. Mamyshev-Monroe drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Bali, Russian news agencies reported, citing the Russian embassy in Jakarta.…

Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin push for Soviet-era program to make Russians ‘fit for military service’

With Steven Seagal in tow, Putin pushes for Soviet-era phys-ed revival (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Russian President Vladimir Putin (l.) and US movie actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow, Wednesday. Mr. Putin has called for the revival of the Soviet-era physical…

Young Russians increasingly view Stalin as strong leader

AFP – No wall plaque honours the victims of Josef Stalin’s purges, who met their end in the execution cells of headquarters of the feared Soviet security services on Lubyanka Square in central Moscow. Instead the traffic races round a busy square and the building itself, known everywhere in Moscow…

Putin-backed mayoral candidate loses race in another rebuke to Moscow

President-elect Vladimir Putin suffered a tough political blow Monday after seeing his party’s candidate trounced in a mayoral race that became the focus of Russia’s nascent protest movement. Official results from the central city of Yaroslavl showed ruling United Russia party candidate Yakov Yakushev picking up just 27.8 percent of…

Anti-Putin protest swarms iconic Moscow TV tower

MOSCOW — Riot police detained dozens of protesters on Sunday who picketed Moscow’s iconic television tower after footage purporting to show people being paid to rally against Vladimir Putin was aired nationally. An AFP correspondent saw organisers Boris Nemtsov and Sergei Udaltsov being led away with about 30 others sporting…

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…

Russian TV takes off gloves in election battle

Denouncing opposition figures as agents of the West and portraying Russia as a country under siege, pro-Kremlin television has had no scruples about wading into the Russian election campaign. The NTV channel, a bastion of private broadcasting in the 1990s but now owned by state-controlled Russian gas giant Gazprom, on…

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