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Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow

Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Russian Actor and Putin Adversary Alexei Devotchenko Found Dead in Moscow

On Wednesday evening, 49-year-old Russian actor Alexei Devotchenko was discovered dead in a pool of his own blood in Moscow. In recent years he had been a prominent and public critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and NATO Allies Signal Support for Ukraine at Wales Summit

In an expected show of solidarity, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other NATO delegates meeting in Wales on Thursday agreed to disagree with Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and readied new sanctions against Russia.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Calls Russia’s Activity in Ukraine a ‘Brazen Assault’

Speaking in Estonia two days before huddling with NATO officials in Wales to discuss the simmering conflict with Russia over Ukraine, Barack Obama characterized the crisis as a “moment of testing” for NATO.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Rejects NATO Accusations of Aggression

The Russian president rejected accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, likening the behavior of Ukrainian forces in the conflict to Nazis and threatening to take his standoff with the West into the disputed territory of the Arctic.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Calls for Sanctions Against Countries That Imposed Sanctions Against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to fight economic fire with economic fire after the United States and the European Union brought sanctions against his country last week, and as of Wednesday, his call to action was heeded in the form of sanctions against those same nations.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Russian Troops Build Up at Ukrainian Border

The beefed-up presence of Russian forces on the Russia-Ukraine border in recent days has gotten the attention of NATO officials, who have counted some 20,000 troops in “battle-ready formations,” the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



New Ukraine Leader Promises End to Fighting This Week

Ukraine’s new Western-backed president, Petro Poroshenko, vowed Sunday to halt by the end of the week nearly two months of bloodshed in the separatist east that have threatened the very survival of the ex-Soviet state.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Black Day for Ukraine Military Ahead of Key Vote

Pro-Russian rebels firing mortar shells and grenades killed 17 Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, the blackest day yet for the military and a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions just three days before an election.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Putin’s Real Use for Ukraine

In a brilliant piece of political science, American journalist Mark Ames explains Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handling of the Ukraine crisis as part of a cynical bid to maintain domestic political power by appealing to the values and attitudes of his country’s provincial “Silent Majority” after losing the support of liberals.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Odessa Violence Flares Anew as Ukrainian PM Blames Deaths on Russia

Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa’s police headquarters Sunday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to “destroy Ukraine.”

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Decries ‘Thugs’ in Ukraine, Russian ‘Provocation’

President Obama told Russia on Sunday that it should cooperate with international observers in Ukraine, not stand by while they were detained by pro-Moscow “thugs.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong support for Kiev’s leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



East Ukraine City Faces Separatist Split

Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Fundamentally American Activities

This is about men doing away with those general laws to which they themselves will need recourse in their day of adversity, how moderation became mistaken for cowardice, extremism for courage, and how words lost their meaning.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



West, Russia Swap Sanctions Over Crimea Crisis

President Barack Obama announced a new round of punitive measures for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on Thursday as Europe’s leaders also prepared to hit back at Russia with fresh sanctions.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Kerry Urges Ukraine Reforms in Call to Russian Foreign Minister

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow on Sunday to pull back Russian forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE



Welcome to Satan’s Ball

The rise of a global corporate oligarchy means there is little difference between Moscow’s and Washington’s ruling elites. The dispute on Ukraine is just one example of their duplicitous posturing.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE


Crimean Secession: Hastening Ukraine’s Political Divide?

“Democracy Now!” hosts a round-table discussion Friday on the crisis in Ukraine with Anton Shekhovtsov, a Ukrainian citizen and researcher specializing in far-right movements; Jonathan Steele, former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian; and Keith Gessen, an editor at n+1 magazine who covered the 2010 Ukraine elections for The New Yorker.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Nailed for Hooliganism? A Political Artist Talks

The Russian activist and artist who earlier this month nailed his scrotum to the pavement outside Lenin’s Masoleum in Moscow’s Red Square spoke with n+1 about the media and the public’s response to his political statement as uncertain reports surface that he, like members of the punk band Pussy Riot, has been charged with hooliganism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


Snowden Receives Award, Speaks Against ‘Dragnet Mass Surveillance’

“Democracy Now!” spent an hour Monday with four whistle-blowers who traveled to Moscow to give Edward Snowden an award for Integrity in Intelligence. The occasion marks the first time in months the public has heard Snowden speak.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin

The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama had canceled a scheduled visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision follows the country’s decision to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden temporary asylum for a year.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kin Cheung

Edward Snowden Cleared to Leave Airport, Russian News Agency Says

However, the NSA leaker’s attorney says his client has received no such document and that his asylum status is still very much up in the air.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Lewis Black Messes With Texas, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the closure of three Texas women’s health clinics and why President Obama is reconsidering a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum

After spending almost two weeks in the no man’s land transit area of Moscow’s international airport, whistle-blower Edward Snowden may finally have a destination.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Matt Dunham, Pool

U.S. Asks Russia for Whistle-Blower Snowden, Putin Says Nyet

Responding to Secretary of State John Kerry’s request that Moscow transfer NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to American custody, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow’s airport and therefore not technically in Russia.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?

Speculation about the NSA whistle-blower’s whereabouts has heightened after several witnesses said that he wasn’t on board a flight from Moscow to Cuba, which reports had pegged as his next destination.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kin Cheung

Snowden Seeks Asylum in Ecuador

The NSA whistle-blower arrived in Moscow on Sunday after authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to leave despite a U.S. request for his arrest. In a statement, WikiLeaks said Edward Snowden was headed to a democratic country “via a safe route” for asylum purposes.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE



Paul McCartney: Free Pussy Riot

In a letter to Russian authorities this week, former Beatle Paul McCartney asked them to release the remaining members of Pussy Riot from prison. McCartney’s missive comes as the punk band’s Maria Alyokhina began a hunger strike after she was not allowed to attend her own parole hearing.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ivan Sekretarev

Pussy Rioter Moved to Solitary Confinement

Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot jailed for performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral this year, has been transferred to a solitary cell at Berezniki penal colony, apparently at her own request.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / Shay Haas

U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Pussy Riot’s Hip-Hop Won’t Stop

Days after an appeals court unexpectedly released her from the Russian authorities’ iron grip, Yekaterina Samutsevich has vowed to continue staging anonymous, anti-Putin protests with her feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sergey Ponomarev

Pussy Rioter Released from Jail

A Moscow appeals court has unexpectedly freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, the oldest of the three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were jailed for an anti-Putin performance earlier this year.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alex Katz

How Pussy Riot Helps Putin

The Pussy Riot case has become an international PR disaster for the Russian government, but domestically Russia’s conservative majority is rallying behind Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Putin Feminist Punk Rockers Languish in Jail

Three members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot face up to seven years in jail for seizing the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in mid-February and mocking Vladimir Putin, then a candidate for the Russian presidency.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dmitry Lovetsky

Russia Expects More From Putin

His opponents in last week’s presidential election did not stand a chance, but 12 years into the Putin regime, Russians are more demanding.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Why Russia Just Can’t Quit Syria’s Dictator

The Kremlin risks international isolation with its uncompromising stance on Syria, but Russia has powerful incentives to protect Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Public Figures Challenge Putin’s Power

Two high profile figures associated with the Kremlin joined tens of thousands of Muscovites in the streets Saturday to once again protest Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prolong his tenure as the nation’s leading figure in the upcoming presidential election.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Mass Protests Are Not a Threat to Putin … Yet

The largest anti-government protests in more than a decade have created a new political dynamic in Russia, but there is no real alternative to Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.

More Protests Lead to Mass Arrests in Moscow

So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Moscow Airport Attack Kills More Than 30, Wounds Scores

A suicide bomber set off a deadly explosion in the international terminal of Moscow’s highly trafficked Domodedovo Airport on Monday, killing 31 people and wounding close to 170, according to the Associated Press’ last update.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia Fires Off START Warning

Some members of the U.S. Senate are dragging their feet and kvetching about wording issues in the latest American-Russian disarmament pact, the START treaty, as they prepare to vote for its ratification. In response, they have received a clear message from Moscow ...

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE


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