Vladimir Putin

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Putin to 1.2K Journalists: Russia Is No Stuffed Animal

Gives annual news conference

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin today gave his annual televised news conference, with his words described as defiant and patriotic. The New York Times calls his message an "acidic" one, noting he gave no indication of backing down—on Ukraine, or in terms of his anger toward the West. As for the... More »

How Do Things Look for Russia? It's 'Doomed,' 'Screwed'

As the ruble falls, and as interest rates rise

(Newser) - What transpired in Russia that led Jordan Weissmann to pen a piece for Slate titled "Russia Is So Screwed"? The country's Central Bank made a surprise decision in a 1am meeting to jack its interest rate from 10.5% to 17% in a last-gasp attempt to stanch... More »

Putin: I Won't Be President for Life

Says he'll step down no later than 2024

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency. Staying in office beyond that would be "detrimental for the country and I don'... More »

Russian Bombers Will Patrol Near US Shores

Kremlin resuming Cold War-era flights due to 'anti-Russia inclinations'

(Newser) - A "dangerous game of brinkmanship" just got a little closer to home: Russia is sending long-range bombers to do rounds "in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico," with Russia's defense minister blaming NATO's "anti-Russia... More »

Chinese Miffed by Putin Acting Like Gentleman

Russian president wraps shawl around China's first lady, a no-no

(Newser) - It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping while he chatted with Barack Obama at an event linked to this week's Asia-Pacific summit. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit... More »

Ukraine Says Russia Sent 32 Tanks Across Border

Ukraine claims 30 trucks carrying fighters, ammunition crossed over, too

(Newser) - Ukraine accused Russia today of sending in dozens of tanks and other heavy weapons into Ukraine's rebel-controlled eastern areas. National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at least 32 tanks, 16 artillery systems, and 30 trucks loaded with fighters and ammunition had crossed into eastern Ukraine from... More »

Putin Closing Russian McDonald's for 'Safety' Reasons

Government investigating 200+ locations—but it's likely because of US sanctions

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin wants to show the world who's the real Big Mac daddy. About half of Russia's 440 McDonald's restaurants are "now under government investigation," with nine locations recently shut down by court order, ostensibly for health and safety violations, Businessweek reports. But (most) others... More »

Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines... More »

China Thinks It's Spotted 'Putin's Tiger'

Russian prez helped release Kuzya into the wild in May

(Newser) - In May, Vladimir Putin helped release three rare Siberian tigers into the wilds of Russia's remote eastern Amur region. Now, after reports last week that one of them had crossed over into China (the New York Times called it a "territory grab"), Beijing is confirming the presence... More »

Happy Birthday, Vladimir Putin— Er, Hercules

One-day exhibit compares pint-sized strongman to, you know, son of Zeus

(Newser) - Today marks the blessed occasion of terrible despot / bird savior/ actual human embodiment of testosterone/ possible caveman Vladimir Putin's 62nd birthday, and in case you forgot to send cupcakes, well, old Vlad is giving the world a gift, and it's truly Herculean in scope: Dubbed "The... More »

I Was a Male Prostitute, Grave Robber: Depardieu

Actor's autobiography also says his mom tried to abort him with knitting needles

(Newser) - Gerard Depardieu—known most recently for scootering while intoxicated , defecting to Russia , and peeing on an airplane floor —apparently can't resist upstaging himself. In his new autobiography, That's the Way It Was, excerpted in the Daily Mail , the French actor ventures into what's probably TMI territory,... More »

US Jets Intercept 6 Russian Jets Near Alaska

Canada intercepts 2 more, while Sweden complains about 2 entering its airspace

(Newser) - Russian military pilots seem to be getting a little adventurous these days. A pair of US military jets intercepted six Russian aircraft near the coast of Alaska Wednesday evening, reports AP . The Russian pilots never entered US airspace, but instead remained in something called the Air Defense Identification Zone, which... More »

Russia Restoring Abandoned Arctic Base

Sends ships to New Siberian Islands amid international push for resources

(Newser) - Russia left an Arctic base behind in 1993, but with countries increasingly eyeing local natural resources, it's headed back. Russia has sent an anti-submarine ship, a pair of amphibious vessels, and a tanker, among other vessels, to the New Siberian Islands, the BBC reports. "The main aim" of... More »

Ukraine Gets a Ceasefire

Both sides agree to stop fighting this morning

(Newser) - It looks like the fighting will stop in Ukraine today, at least for a while. The government signed a ceasefire deal with pro-Russia rebels at talks in Minsk, reports the BBC . The deal was struck after Vladimir Putin, perhaps hoping to avoid new penalties from an ongoing NATO summit, floated... More »

Putin: I've Got a Peace Plan

He unveils proposal amid skepticism, NATO summit

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin insists that he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on the broad strokes of a peace plan, reports Reuters . But confusion and skepticism abound, especially because NATO is about to start a summit in which it will consider new sanctions against Moscow, along with a rapid-reaction military... More »

Ukraine Trumpets Ceasefire, Walks It Back, Rebels Kill It

Dizzying day in Ukraine-Russia diplomacy

(Newser) - Ukraine today announced a ceasefire deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin for eastern Ukraine. Then it quickly walked that statement back, as Russia denied it was even a player in hostilities and pro-Russia rebels outright rejected the move, saying no ceasefire was possible without Ukraine withdrawing its forces. The back-and-forth... More »

Russia Mad at Putin's 'I Could Take Kiev in 2 Weeks' Leak

Because it leaked, not because he didn't say it

(Newser) - Vladmir Putin supposedly told the head of the European Commission in a private phone call that "if I wanted to, I could take Kiev in two weeks," reports La Repubblica via the New York Times . The Kremlin hit back today, saying that even if Putin did say that,... More »

NATO Plans 'Rapid Reaction' Force to Counter Russia

Moscow warns of 'new military doctrine'

(Newser) - Tough talk as NATO-Russia relations continue to deteriorate: NATO leaders, who meet in the UK later this week, are planning a "rapid reaction" force that can deploy to Russia's worried Eastern European neighbors within 48 hours, reports the New York Times . The "spearhead" force would have a... More »

Putin Talks 'Statehood' for Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine says Russian tanks involved in battle for airport

(Newser) - Have the stakes been raised in the Ukraine crisis? During an interview yesterday, Vladimir Putin said "statehood" for eastern regions controlled by pro-Russia separatists needs to be discussed, the Washington Post reports. A spokesman for the Russian president later claimed he "was talking about inclusive talks" instead of... More »

EU Leader: We're Near 'Point of No Return' on Russia

Europe poised to hand out more sanctions against Moscow

(Newser) - Today's key phrase on the Russian-Ukraine situation is the "point of no return." The leader of the European Commission warned today that Moscow has brought the world to the brink of that point with its aggression toward its neighbor, reports the BBC . Jose Manuel Barroso spoke as... More »

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