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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



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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



Russia Today via YouTube

Vladimir Putin Will Now Take Your Questions

In a sort of Russian-style town hall meeting, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fielded questions Thursday about his government’s policies and practices in a lengthy televised session (running time: 4 hours and 29 minutes) that included the cheeky query, “How is your puppy, Buffy?”

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Leo Ponies Up Big Bucks for Tigers

Having lived through a scary air travel incident last weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio is giving some big cats a shot at survival in the form of $1 million, which the actor donated Tuesday at the first-ever international tiger summit, in Moscow. 

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky

Time for Another Putin Presidency?

This won’t come as a surprise to some, but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin might just find himself assuming the familiar presidential position in less than two years, if his recent reinvention as media-friendly superhero ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / IgorYakunin

Moscow Is Melting

The Russian capital has suffered nearly 50 fires as Muscovites cope with the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the city. The BBC reports that it got up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. Guess they won’t be needing those funny hats.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


Russian spy ring
AP / Dana Verkouteren

Accused Russian Spies Plead Guilty

On Thursday, 10 members of an alleged Russian spy ring pleaded guilty of espionage in a New York courtroom—a move which, as previous reports suggested, could lead to a prisoner swap between Russia and the U.S. Ah, Cold War nostalgia.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Presidential Press and Information Office

New Attacks in Russia Kill 12

At least a dozen people died in two suicide blasts in Russia’s north Caucasus region on Wednesday, prompting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to take to the airwaves and call the recent onslaught of terrorist attacks “a crime against Russia.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Raw Video of Moscow Subway Aftermath (Updated)

Video is starting to pour in in aftermath of the two alleged suicide bombings that struck Moscow commuters.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr user / Vanity Press

Moscow Subway Explosions Kill 38 (Update 2)

Two separate explosions in the Moscow subways killed at least 38 people, according to Russian officials. One of the blasts occurred at a station beneath the headquarters of the Russian security service. Officials said two women suicide bombers carried out the attacks, though no group has yet claimed responsibility.

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Russian Gays Chide Clinton

Hillary Clinton is all the rage with American gays, but their Russian counterparts are disappointed that the secretary of state rubbed elbows with Moscow’s homophobic mayor, who, the AP reports, once said gays “can be described in no other way than as satanic.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP photo / Musa Sadulayev

New Questions Arise About Georgia-Russia Conflict

Three months after Georgia and Russia briefly battled—a clash that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili blamed on Russian aggression—the original story about the short summer war is being reconsidered in light of new information from independent sources.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


tiger
AP photo / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, pool

For the Russian Prime Minister Who Has Everything

An unknown (to the general public, anyway) well-wisher has given Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin an unusual gift for his 56th birthday: a two-month-old Ussuri tiger cub.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Russian Troops
boston.com

Georgia Diplomatically Dumps Russia

Georgia announced Friday that it will withdraw all Georgian diplomats from its embassy in Moscow in protest of Russian soldiers’ presence in the country. Russia is expected to pull its own diplomats from its embassy in Tbilisi, but of course its troops will still be stationed in Georgian territory if Georgia really needs to talk.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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michaelfowlkes.com

U.S.-Russian Tensions Rise Over Missile Shield Plan

Forging an agreement with the Czech Republic to host the radar for the United States’ planned missile shield project represents, according to Condoleezza Rice, a way of making the missile defense system “transparent to the Russians.” Officials in Moscow, however, are inclined to take this latest move as a hostile gesture that could provoke military retaliation.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and Putin
ired.com

Bush and Putin Still on the Outs

George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin used to have a loving relationship, but the two have grown cold and distant in recent years. Bush blames Russia’s deteriorating democratic process, while Putin is upset because the U.S. wants to build a missile shield on his doorstep. Bush’s friend Condi stopped by Moscow to try to smooth things over, but it looks like it didn’t go too well.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Yeltsin Mourned, Buried in Moscow

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the country’s first elected president, was laid to rest in Moscow on Wednesday. Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush joined other dignitaries for the state funeral at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the first such ceremony for a Russian leader to be held in a church in more than 100 years.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


Putin Puts Kasparov in Check

Vladimir Putin’s regime, with the aid of 9,000 police officers, attempted to prevent a rally in Moscow by arresting opposition leader Garry Kasparov along with dozens of other protesters and even some journalists. The chess phenom has accused Putin of trampling on democracy.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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