Biden Cautious, Conciliatory in Message to Russia

Feb 8, 2009
Will the Obama administration take a different tack than the Bush team did when it comes to relations with the Kremlin? It's hard to say at this stage, but Vice President Joe Biden has suggested that it's "time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia." He made the comment Saturday in a speech at a security conference in Germany.
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Medvedev Wins Amid Murmurs of Election Flaws

Mar 3, 2008
It wasn't a surprise victory by any stretch when Vladimir Putin's political heir apparent, Dmitry Medvedev, soundly trounced the competition Sunday to become Russia's next president. However, at least one election-vetting organization, as well as dozens of activists arrested by police as they gathered in Moscow to protest, questioned whether democracy truly won the day.

Rice, Putin Trade Sharp Words

May 11, 2007
Russian President Vladimir Putin, awaiting a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, compared U foreign policy to that of the Nazis in the 1930s Meanwhile, Rice criticized Putin's administration for centralizing too much power at the Kremlin .

Boris Yeltsin Dead at 76

Apr 23, 2007
The Kremlin released word on Monday of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin's death, apparently of heart failure. Yeltsin leaves behind a complex legacy. He was instrumental in Russia's transformation from Soviet state to democracy, but, as Mikhail Gorbachev noted, Yeltsin also made some "serious errors."