Sad, but true: I think Russian President Vladimir Putin should be Time's "Person of the Year." He wrested leadership in the Middle East away from the USA. He made Obama seem puny. He saved his Syrian client Bashar al-Assad. He may win the Nobel Prize for the seeming dismantling of the Syrian chemical weapons (which I don't believe for a second). Show More Summary
However, the head of the new Russian state media body 'Russia Today' claims the move promotes a positive image of "a country with good intentions." MOSCOW -- Russian president Vladimir Putin's sudden decision to abolish state news agency...Show More Summary
Russia: An amnesty proposal being pushed by Russian President Vladimir Putin could lead to the liberation of Argentine environmental activists Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi. Puerto Rico: Why is Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla urging the U.S. Show More Summary
Today Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has abolished the official state news agency RIA Novosti. You may recall that I've excerpted RIA Novosti on several recent occasions and have noted the agency's even-handed reporting of LGBT stories. Show More Summary
The Russian President signed a decree today, announcing the reorganisation of the news agency Ria-Novosti and the broadcaster Voice of Russia. Both will be brought under direct Kremlin control. Another glimmer of free speech has been snuffed out. Here’s Ria announcing its disappearance.
RIA Novosti and Voice of Russia are no more. Russian President Vladimir Putin has shut down the state-owned news agencies in a surprise move, reports the BBC. The Kremlin is creating a new Russian Information Agency, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which will be led by Dmitry Kiselev, a pro-Kremlin...
Russian president Vladimir Putin is a popular target of Western artists rightly concerned with the oppression of gays: British pop icon Elton…
The Russian president dissolved RIA Novosti and an international radio broadcaster, setting up a new organization to be run by a news anchor known for his ultra-conservative views. The move was seen as a surprise.
Dmitry Kiselev, who has said homosexuals should not be allowed to donate blood, sperm or organs, will run the new state media group. Russian president Vladimir Putin Monday announced sweeping reforms to state-owned broadcasters and news...Show More Summary
Russian President and 2005 Super Bowl champion Vladimir Putin unexpectedly dissolved RIA Novosti, a state news agency, along with its radio affiliate on Monday, a move the agency itself said would “appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.”
After dissolving one of the nation's oldest state-run news agencies, Russian president Vladimir Putin appointed a well-known, violently homophobic news anchor to lead the new media group. read more
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dissolving two of the country’s state news agencies and absorbing them into a new organization that will focus on promoting Russia’s image abroad, the Kremlin announced Monday. In a report...Show More Summary
Moscow political scientist/tabloid columnist (apparently you can be both) Stanislav Belkovsky claims to have the “whole truth” on Vladimir Putin in a new biography which, among other things, claims the Russian president is a closet homosexual and misanthrope who prefers the company of animals to people. Show More Summary
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he backed proposals for an amnesty for thousands of prisoners who, according to his rights advisor, could include ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the Pussy Riot punks. "I agree......Show More Summary
Vladimir Putin has been accused of being gay by a new biography. It also alleges that the Russian President did not have an affair with Olympic gymnast, Alina Kabaeva, which was highly publicised by his PR team because of his homosexual tendencies. Show More Summary
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan in Moscow on Tuesday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. Details of the planned meeting are not immediately available, but the talks are likely to focus on the crisis in Syria. Putin and Prince Bandar previously met in July to discuss Syria. [...]
Before Pope Francis created a controversy by denouncing “trickle-down” economics, the pro-growth policies associated with President Reagan, Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the Vatican and acting like a religious believer. Putin made the sign of the cross, gave the pope a Virgin Mary icon, and bent over to kiss it. The pope followed suit. […]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a theory about the sudden outburst of street protests in the Ukraine: It’s not sudden and it’s not Ukrainian. “Outside actors” are to blame for the unrest, he said during a press conference on Monday. Show More Summary
About 500 people marched through the capital of Armenia on Monday to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin as he visited the country, and protested against plans to join a Moscow-led customs union, witnesses said. Some of the crowd in central Yerevan held banners declaring “Putin, go home!” or “No to the USSR!”, a reference to [...]
OK I could go along with that.MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti) ? Time magazine said Thursday that it had shortlisted Russian President Vladimir Putin as a candidate for ?person of the year,?...OTOH, it seems Milly cyrus and the Tsarnaev brothers...