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Russian vote protests spread across nation

Up to 50,000 people turned out in Moscow on Saturday for a protest against disputed polls that have sparked a rare national show of defiance against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule. Hundreds of security trucks blocked off central squares while helicopters patrolled the skies as Moscow authorities deployed more than 50,000…

Defiant Russia opposition vows mass protest

Russia’s opposition on Thursday defiantly vowed to stage a mass protest in Moscow at the weekend contesting the results of elections, despite warnings from the authorities to scale down the event. Around 1,000 people have been arrested in three days of demonstrations protesting what they say was mass fraud in…

Russia shaken by anti-Putin rally

Moscow police were Tuesday holding several Russian opposition figures after breaking up an unprecedented protest against polls monitors said were slanted in favour of Vladimir Putin’s ruling party. Several thousand people took to the streets in central Moscow late Monday despite pouring rain for a rally against the results of…

Putin’s party may lose parliamentary majority in close vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian voters have dealt Vladimir Putin’s ruling party a heavy blow by cutting its parliamentary majority in an election that showed growing unease with his domination of the country as he prepares to reclaim the presidency. Incomplete results showed Putin’s United Russia was struggling even to win…

Russians vote as foul play claimed

Russians voted Sunday in elections set to see Vladimir Putin’s ruling party win a reduced majority in parliament, amid claims the authorities were engaging in foul play to ensure it maintained dominance. Russia’s main independent vote monitors have been denounced and harassed by the authorities ahead of the elections, while…

Russia’s Putin accepts presidential nomination

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling United Russia party’s nomination on Sunday as its candidate in a March 4 presidential vote, paving the way for his return to the country’s top office after four years as prime minister. The timing of the announcement, which was a certainty after…

Putin’s underwater treasure find was staged

A widely publicized incident where Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discovered two ancient Greek jug fragments during a dive in the Kerch Strait was staged, according to his spokesman. The discovery was reported extensively by the media, both in Russia and elsewhere. Putin has said he plans to run for…

Russia’s Putin promotes ‘Eurasian Union’ in rare article

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for the unification ofpost-Soviet states into a “Eurasian Union” in an article published Tuesday on the announcement of his planned return to the Kremlin. Putin’s article in the Izvestia daily outlining a grand project to integrate post-Soviet states into closer cooperation comes five months before polls…

Ex-BP boss quits Russian joint venture

Tony Hayward, the former head of BP who stepped down after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe, is leaving his post on the board of its Russian joint venture TNK-BP, the company said Monday. Hayward, who came under huge criticism for his role in the clean-up of the oil…

‘Medvedev Girls’ strip for Kremlin chief

Two young women stripped down to bikinis in central Moscow on Thursday to express support for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in the latest exposure of bare flesh ahead of 2012 polls. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has already inspired an apparently rival group of women to similar acts of naked daring…

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