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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


Clinton and
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



Wikimedia Commons / Colin Chou (CC-BY-SA)

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


putin
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


Putin
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



Flickr / SEIU International

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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