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Putin calls for cheaper vodka as Russian economy stumbles

Vodka powers Russia. That’s the message Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Wednesday when he ordered vodka prices reigned in.

Putin's Extraordinary Path From Soviet Slums To The World's Stage

Vladimir Putin may be the wild card in world affairs right now, but he didn't get that influence overnight. The Russian President's ascension to power is filled with spies, armed conflicts, oligarchs, oil and (of course) judo. So here's...Show More Summary

New Angara-A5 Rocket to Enhance Defense Capability of Russia

Russia’s new Angara-class rockets will be used to enhance defense capability of Russia and its security partners by putting military and dual-purpose satellites into orbit, the Russian president said Tuesday. “This rocket is intended to put payloads measuring up to […]

Russia expands Eurasian Union in competition with European bloc

Russian President Vladimir Putin expanded his emerging Eurasian Economic Union with the announcement Tuesday that tiny and impoverished Kyrgyzstan will join the bloc four months after it comes into force on New Year's Day.

Facebook Complies With Russian Request To Block Page Promoting Putin Opposition Rally

Dislike. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been asserting greater control over digital media for the last year, and now Facebook is arguably complicit in helping him solidify that position. Read Full Story

Facebook Angers Russian Dissidents by Blocking Protest Page

The company blocked a page rallying opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the request of the government's Internet monitor

Facebook Angers Russian Dissidents by Blocking Protest Page

The company blocked a page rallying opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the request of the government's Internet monitor

Putin: Battered, Bruised But Not Broken

In what was perhaps the most anticipated edition of his annual press conference yet, Russian president Vladimir Putin certainly delivered. But how much can we extract from the three-hour event that may provide insight on global energy markets in 2015? Quite a lot in fact.

No, Putin doesn’t know how to fix Russia’s economy

In his latest marathon news conference, the Russian president again blames the West for his country's troubles

Vladimir Putin finds a friend, invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, the Kremlin’s spokesman said on Friday. It would be Kim’s first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east […]

Putin hits back at new sanctions: 'No one will succeed in intimidating us'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said new sanctions from the European Union and United States were put in place, "just for the mere fact that we exist." "Obviously, no one will succeed in intimidating us, to deter, to isolate Russia," he added in remarks reported by Reuters. Show More Summary

Two world leaders, one press conference mash-up

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin both recently held end-of-year press conferences, so why not compare them? Both world leaders spoke about a range of topics, though Putin's lasted around three times longer...Show More Summary

Ruble’s Historic Freefall, Russian Economic Collapse Not Fazing Vladimir Putin

The Russian president neither knows nor cares about what you’d call his country’s current self-inflicted economic malaise. You want to use the word “crisis”? Go ahead—especially if you’re outside of the jurisdiction of his secret police. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

5 days agoNews : Truthdig

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dec. 17, 2014. Photo by AP/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President PutinShow More Summary

Why the West should squeeze Russia's economy

If you thought this week's calamitous run on the ruble and the ongoing Russian financial meltdown would chasten Russian President Vladimir Putin, well, you don't know Vlad.

Putin: 'External factors' are to blame for plunging Russian economy

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed "external factors" for the plunge in his country's economy, but said it would bounce back within two years even “under the most unfavorable circumstances.”

Putin assumes stroke survivor is drunk in presser gaffe

Russian President Vladimir Putin's marathon press conference on Thursday was not without a hiccup, after he implied that a stroke survivor was drunk. While fielding hours of questions from reporters, Putin interrupted a reporter who asked him about the regulations around a specific Russian alcoholic beverage. Show More Summary

Putin: Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices Causing Ruble's Tumble

6 days agoNews : The Two-Way

In a year-end news conference, the Russian President said the worst-case scenario for his country's economy would involve two more years of unease.

Vladimir Putin: The West wants to turn the Russian bear into a 'stuffed animal'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States and Europe of trying to undermine Moscow's finances. Likening Russia to the metaphorical bear, Putin said that even if said bear eschewed a policy of "chasing around...Show More Summary

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