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Beware the Rise of 'Putinism'

Fareed Zakaria sees a troubling trend out of Russia

(Newser) - Welcome to the age of "Putinism," writes Fareed Zakaria at the Washington Post . By that he means a generally repressive governing ideology that Vladimir Putin has created over the years to sustain his power. The worrisome thing to Zakaria is that elements of Putinism already can be seen... More »

What the New Round of Russia Sanctions Means

And how Putin could retaliate

(Newser) - Amid tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West, Russians have shown little serious concern about the direction their country is headed. But with the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane and increasing sanctions from the US and EU , the mood appears to be shifting, the New York Times reports. Russian... More »

Obama: Putin Setting Back 'Decades' of Progress

US, Russia again tighten sanctions over Ukraine

(Newser) - The EU approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions today against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of US penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin to end his country's support for separatists in Ukraine whom the West... More »

US: Russia Violated Key Nuke Treaty

Tests violated 1987 pact, administration says

(Newser) - US-Russian relations just slid a lot further downhill: The US says Russia has violated a 1987 arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War, the New York Times reports. The formal accusation of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty—also known as the INF Treaty—comes after years of... More »

Putin's Daughter 'Flees' $3M Pad in Holland

Maria Putin was told that 'it's time you leave'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's daughter may be persona non grata in Holland, and you can imagine why. Maria Putin, 29, hasn't been seen around her posh riverside flat in a town outside of Amsterdam since Malaysia Flight 17 went down in Ukraine, with 193 Dutch people among the victims, the... More »

Flight 17 Victim's Dad Writes Angry Letter to Putin

Hans de Borst says people behind attack 'ruined' his life

(Newser) - A grieving father who lost his daughter on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has written to Vladimir Putin, and he doesn't mince words. "Thank you very much Mister Putin, leaders of the separatists, or the Ukraine government for murdering my loved and only child, Elsemiek de Borst," writes... More »

Who Downed Flight 17? The West, of Course

On Russian TV, it's all a conspiracy

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, downed by pro-Russian rebels? Bah. Try the Ukrainian military, who mistook it for Putin's presidential plane, or mysterious forces who packed it with corpses and exploded it in the sky. Or whatever. In Russia, Flight 17 conspiracy theories are common on Kremlin-owned or -managed TV... More »

Obama to Putin, Rebels: What Are You Hiding?

Calls out Russia, rebels for impeding MH17 investigation

(Newser) - President Obama called out Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's pro-Russia militants, and the disgraceful handling of the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, reports Politico . The president argued that investigators needed "immediate and full access to the crash site." "What exactly are they trying... More »

More Bodies Found in MH17's Chaotic Recovery

Refrigerated train cars storing the dead lost power overnight

(Newser) - Chaos continues to reign in Ukraine, where recovery efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 lurch along amid political finger-pointing, the discovery of more bodies, and electrical outages in refrigerated train cars that contain more than 200 of the dead, reports the AP . Twenty-one more victims in body bags were pulled... More »

Obama Must Get Tougher Over 'Mr. Putin's War'

Washington Post, Wall Street Journal criticize US response

(Newser) - At his news conference yesterday , President Obama made clear that the US thinks pro-Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, and that they likely did so using Russian equipment. But he left it at that. "What was missing from the president’s comments was a clear moral conclusion... More »

Ukraine: We've Got Audio of Rebels Bragging About Plane

Recording hasn't been verified; suggests they thought it was military craft

(Newser) - Russia's response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is "deeply, deeply, unsatisfactory," says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, one of several world leaders demanding answers on the shooting down of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine. Abbott says he wants the fullest investigation possible, as... More »

McCain: 'Hell to Pay' If Russia Is Linked to Crash

While Putin says Ukraine bears responsibility

(Newser) - With the evidence increasingly suggesting that today's jet crash over Ukraine was caused by a missile and not a mechanical failure, John McCain is burnishing his reputation as the Senate's top foreign policy hawk. While stressing that it's too early to know anything for sure, McCain said... More »

Putin: Sanctions Will Backfire on Americans

They are 'harmful to national long-term strategic interests'

(Newser) - Predictably, Vladimir Putin is none too pleased with the White House's decision to slap tough new sanctions on Moscow's energy firms, major banks, and a weapons manufacturer. Speaking from Brazil yesterday, Putin slammed America's "aggressive foreign policy" and accused the US of encouraging Ukraine to continue... More »

On the Ropes, Ukraine Rebels Blame Russia

Putin strangely silent as Ukraine toughens ceasefire demands

(Newser) - Separatists in Eastern Ukraine are starting to complain that Moscow has sold them out, as they prepare for what the New York Times is declaring their "last stand." As they retreated toward Donetsk yesterday, insurgents blew up two road bridges and a railroad bridge behind them. An emboldened... More »

Ukraine Signs Deal That Started It All

And Russia isn't happy

(Newser) - It's official: The Ukraine has signed a free trade deal with the European Union, the BBC reports—the same free trade deal that sparked the protests that led to the current crisis. President Petro Poroshenko called the deal the most historic moment for Ukraine since it gained independence in... More »

On Day 1 of Truce, Ukraine Helicopter Shot Down

Troops given OK to shoot back after 9 killed

(Newser) - The shaky ceasefire in Ukraine was thrown into peril yesterday when pro-Moscow separatists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen just a day after rebels agreed to respect a truce called by the Ukrainian government last Friday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned he may end the weeklong truce... More »

Putin Backs Ukraine Cease-Fire, But...

He also today ordered military exercises

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support today for Ukraine's unilateral cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and appealed to both sides to halt all military operations. But he warned that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's blueprint for peace would not be viable without action to start peace negotiations.... More »

Ukraine Talks to Putin, Proposes Ceasefire

President poised for unilateral move; expects rebels to follow

(Newser) - Ukraine's new president talked to Vladimir Putin last night, and today, Petro Poroshenko appears ready for a ceasefire, the New York Times reports. Poroshenko says he'll order the unilateral move once the border is secure; he believes "all illegal military units" will follow suit, per Russian and... More »

US Says Russia Sent Tanks Into Ukraine

Rocket launchers, too

(Newser) - Russia keeps talking a good game about de-escalating the violence in Ukraine, but the US today says it has three hulking pieces of evidence that the talk isn't translating into reality. The State Department has concluded that three T-64 tanks spotted yesterday crossing over the Ukraine border were indeed... More »

Stalingrad Could Exist Once More

Volgograd, one of Russia's biggest cities, has undergone several name changes

(Newser) - The city today called Volgograd, which with 1 million people is one of Russia's largest, has gone through several name changes in its recent past. For more than 300 years it carried on with the name Tsaritsyn, but after it became home to one of history's deadliest battles—... More »

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