Vladimir Putin

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Cops Look for Whoever Hung Putin Banner From NYC Bridge

The 600-square-foot banner labeled Putin a 'peacemaker'

(Newser) - New Yorkers were surprised to see a huge banner of Vladimir Putin hanging from the Manhattan Bridge Thursday afternoon, the New York Post reports. The approximately 600-square-foot banner featured a picture of Putin in front of the Russian and Syrian flags with the word "peacemaker." Police removed it... More »

Putin Says Russia Didn't Hack DNC, but Nice Job

'Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin gave a two-hour interview to Bloomberg from Vladivostok, Russia, Thursday, and he had some thoughts on the DNC email hack his country's been accused of having a hand in. WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails right before the Democratic National Convention in July, and they aired a... More »

'Vladimir Putin' Arrested at Florida Publix

He's charged with trespassing

(Newser) - "Vladimir Putin" showed up at a Florida Publix last week and started screaming at employees, police tell WPTV . No, not that Vladimir Putin. Police say a 48-year-old man claiming to have the same name as the Russian leader refused a manager's request to leave the West Palm Beach... More »

Trump Implores Russia: Find 30K Clinton Emails

Some say request at 'colorful' presser amounts to treason

(Newser) - Donald Trump had one of his most buzzworthy news conferences yet on Wednesday, fielding questions on Israel, immigration, and the recent police shooting deaths of two black men to Florida's algae problem . But the "most colorful" parts, per the Miami Herald , came when Trump tried to tie together... More »

Assange Released DNC Emails to Damage Clinton

He won't say whether Russia was involved

(Newser) - In a twist that's strange even by 2016 standards, there is mounting evidence that Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin have been working together to undermine Hillary Clinton. Assange, a longtime Clinton critic, declared last month that "upcoming leaks" would damage the "liberal war hawk." At the... More »

Trump: I'll Talk to Kim Jong Un

He'd also pressure China, renegotiate Paris climate accord

(Newser) - President Obama has avoided talks with Kim Jong Un, but Donald Trump would unsurprisingly do things differently. "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," he tells Reuters , adding he would pressure China to help put an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program... More »

Leak Shows How Putin's Friends Hid Billions of Dollars

The 'Panama Papers' point to shady transactions

(Newser) - A massive document leak apparently shows how friends of Vladimir Putin hid about $2 billion in secret, offshore accounts—money that likely ended up benefiting Putin's family, the Guardian reports. The documents from Mossack Fonseca, an offshore law firm in Panama, show wealthy Russians moving money through Russia, Switzerland,... More »

Rumor Mill: Rupert Murdoch’s Ex Dating Putin

Wendi Deng said to be 'serious' about Russian leader, per very loose rumor

(Newser) - It's maybe not the "who's dating who" news any of us expected this week, but it certainly is the most … interesting. Per Us Weekly , whispers are circulating that Wendi Deng, the ex-wife of News Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch, has a new beau who enjoys shirtless horseback... More »

Putin Pulling Russian Troops From Syria

Mission 'generally accomplished'

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise: Vladimir Putin is pulling most of his troops out of Syria with his own version of "mission accomplished":
  • “I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished," he said Monday, per RT.com . "That is why I
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Autopsy: Putin Aide's Death in DC Hotel Wasn't Natural

Moscow wants answers on death of Mikhail Lesin

(Newser) - Russia-watchers—or readers of spy novels—may be unsurprised to learn that the sudden death of a former Vladimir Putin aide in a Washington, DC, hotel last fall now appears a little fishy. Mikhail Lesin, the former Kremlin press minister who helped set up Russia Today and spent more than... More »

Nanny Says Beheading Girl, 4, Was Revenge on Putin

Gulchekhra Bobokulova says she is angry at Putin for Syria airstrikes

(Newser) - A nanny from Uzbekistan accused of decapitating a 4-year-old girl and brandishing her head outside a Moscow subway station said during an apparent interrogation captured on video that the killing was an act of revenge against President Vladimir Putin for Russian airstrikes in Syria. Gulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, was detained in... More »

Putin Bashes 'Delirious' Soviet Founder Lenin

Says Lenin placed 'time bomb' under Russian state

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a "time bomb" under the state and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. The harsh criticism of Lenin, who's still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual (though... More »

Judge: Vladimir Putin Is 'Probably' a Murderer

Inquiry links Russian president to poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

(Newser) - A British judge declared a remarkable thing Thursday: Vladimir Putin is "probably" a murderer. The finding came after an inquiry into the high-profile death of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko , who was fatally poisoned in 2006. Judge Robert Owen said he's certain that two Russian agents laced Litvinenko'... More »

Clinton on Relationship With Putin: 'It's, Um, Interesting'

As it so often is with 'bullies'

(Newser) - Asked by Lester Holt to describe her relationship with Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton paused, laughed a little, and said, "It's, um, it's interesting," to laughter. "It's one I think of respect. We've had some very tough dealings with one another and I know... More »

Putin: US Is a Threat to Russia

America, allies included in document listing security threats to Moscow

(Newser) - It's a bit past the time of year for Santa to make a list, but Vladimir Putin is making one of his own—of security threats to Russia—and he's putting "the USA and its allies" on it. The document, called " About the Strategy of National... More »

Putin: That Trump Guy Is 'Talented'

He weighs in on US race and other topics in his year-end news conference

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin held forth for about three hours Thursday in his annual end-of-year news conference, and, as usual, he made headlines for venturing into topics large and small. Some examples:
  • On Donald Trump: "He is a bright personality, a talented person, no doubt about it," he said, per
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Why Putin Walks That Weird Walk

It may be because of his KGB weapons training: scientists

(Newser) - The peculiar walk of one Vladimir Putin (left arm swinging naturally, right arm stiff at his side) has been the subject of speculation, with guesses ranging from childhood illness to an in-utero stroke, Live Science reports. But a group of Dutch neuroscientists—or "movement disorder enthusiasts," as they... More »

Turkish President Was 'Truly Saddened' By Plane Downing

He says he wishes it hadn't happened

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday voiced regret over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the incident and wished it hadn't occurred. It was the first expression of regret by the strongman leader since Tuesday's incident in which... More »

Putin: Russia 'Ready to Cooperate' Against ISIS

French president says they agreed to 'strike terrorists only'

(Newser) - The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against ISIS, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. ISIS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against both of the countries' citizens in recent weeks, and Francois Hollande and Vladimir... More »

Putin to Turkey: Downing Jet Was 'Stab in Back'

He promises 'serious consequences' over the move

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin wasted no time in labeling Turkish military officials "accomplices of terrorists" in a statement condemning the downing of a Russian plane Tuesday. Russia's president says the country suffered a "stab in the back" when Turkish F-16s fired air-to-air missiles at the Su-24, which Putin says... More »

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