Vladimir Putin

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As Russia Votes, Reports of Ballot Stuffing, a Hack

Central Election Commission said it fought off a denial of service attack as Putin seeks a 4th term

(Newser) - Russia's presidential election was tainted Sunday by unprecedented pressure on voters to turn out and incidents of suspected ballot box stuffing in a barely democratic exercise that will grant Vladimir Putin another six years of power. His opponents have called the election a farce, but his millions of fans... More »

UK's Johnson Pins Poisoning on Putin Himself

'Overwhelmingly likely'

(Newser) - How likely is it that Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in England? "Overwhelmingly likely" in the eyes of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He made his claim Friday just two days after Prime Minister Theresa May kicked 23 Russians out of the country in... More »

Another Russian Is Found Dead in London

Nikolai Glushkov was a business partner of Putin's 'arch enemy'

(Newser) - The two Russians had fled to the UK, and now both are dead. Nikolai Glushkov, who was once business partners with Boris Berezovsky, was found dead in his London home Monday night. Counterterrorism police are investigating the unexplained death "as a precaution because of associations that the man is... More »

Spy Poisoned With Military-Grade Russian Nerve Agent

Theresa May tells lawmakers it is 'highly likely' Russia behind poisoning of Sergei Skripal

(Newser) - The Russian ex-spy poisoned in England was exposed to a military-grade nerve agent of a type produced by Russia, says British Prime Minister Theresa May. May told lawmakers during an address in parliament on Monday it was "highly likely' Russia was responsible for poisoning Sergei Skripal, the former Russian... More »

Leaders Condemn Putin Over Statements About Jews

Russian president appeared to say Jews could have been behind US election meddling

(Newser) - US leaders are hitting out at Vladimir Putin after statements he made appeared to some to be anti-Semitic. The Russian president was defending his government in an interview with NBC News' Megyn Kelly Saturday when he said Jews may have been behind 2016 election meddling. "Repulsive Putin remark deserves... More »

Russia Says It Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

The Kinzhal missile is said to travel at 10 times the speed of sound

(Newser) - Russia says it tested a hypersonic missile capable of traveling at 10 times the speed of sound. According to the BBC , the country's defense ministry released a video showing the Kinzhal missile as it detached from a fighter jet. The officials said the test was a success. "The... More »

Putin Says Russia Will 'Never' Extradite 13 Indicted Nationals

'Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone,' he tells Megyn Kelly

(Newser) - Will Russia extradite any of its 13 nationals indicted by US special counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US presidential election? "Never. Never," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that aired Sunday. "Russia does not extradite its citizens to... More »

A New 'Kraken'? Russians Rush to Name Doomsday Arms

How about 'Sanction'? Wink wink.

(Newser) - In just one day, the suggestions have been pouring in: "Kraken" for a new underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a powerful nuclear explosion. "Balalaika" for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling the globe. Russians are showering the Defense Ministry with proposed names for the... More »

Putin Boasts of New 'Invincible' Weapon

Russian leader says new missile can go anywhere and cannot be stopped

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's annual speech to lawmakers Thursday contained what appears to be a jarring threat to the US and the rest of the world: Russia has a new, "invincible" missile that can go anywhere and cannot be stopped, he said. A video graphic behind Putin showed a missile... More »

Report: Mueller Indictee May Also Run Russian Mercenaries

The same ones who attacked US troops in Syria earlier this month

(Newser) - Defense Secretary James Mattis earlier this month called "perplexing" the fighting in Syria between US troops and their allies against supposed Russian mercenaries. Now, US intelligence reports may shed some light on the Kremlin's ties to it all, with fingers pointing to a Russian oligarch thought to be... More »

Moscow Residents Use Piles of Snow to Troll Putin

City workers weren't clearing snow, so residents painted name of opposition leader on the piles

(Newser) - It's been a particularly brutal winter in Moscow, complete with record-breaking amounts of snow , and municipal workers haven't exactly been on top of removing the piles of white stuff. So city residents had to get creative—and political—in their efforts to clear the streets, per the BBC... More »

George W. Bush Counters Trump on Russian Meddling

Says 'there's pretty clear evidence'

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that "there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump's denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote, reports the AP . While never mentioning President Trump by name,... More »

12 Minutes Before Deadline, the 'Putin List' Is Released

Trump administration declined to subject anyone new to sanctions

(Newser) - A long-awaited US list of Russian businessmen and officials who have flourished under Vladimir Putin's presidency appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 "oligarchs" ranked by Forbes, the AP reports. The list, which features 210 names total and was ordered by... More »

Amid Protests, Russia Busts Opposition Leader

Alexei Navalny is calling for boycott of March 18 presidential election

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny has been arrested in Moscow as protest demonstrations called by him took place across the country, with Reuters reporting that the opposition leader was "wrestled" to the ground by police near the Kremlin and hustled off in a patrol wagon. He called on supporters to continue the... More »

Shirtless Putin Takes Icy Dip in Russian Lake

Russian president immerses himself in ice water to celebrate Christian holiday of Epiphany

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is baring his chest in public again . The Russian president took a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. Russian television stations showed the 65-year-old Putin approaching a hole cut in the ice on Lake Seliger... More »

Putin's New Year's Note to Trump: Let's Work Together

Russian president calls for 'pragmatic cooperation,' 'mutual respect' between 2 countries

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is heading into the new year with hopes that Russia and the US can move toward a "pragmatic cooperation" that will allow them to work together over the long haul. Per the Kremlin, that's the gist of the New Year's message the Russian president sent... More »

Putin to Security Forces: 'Liquidate' Terror Suspects

After St. Petersburg explosion, Putin tells agents to 'take no prisoners' if suspects threaten their lives

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is running for re-election as Russia's president, and one thing he apparently wants to make clear to citizens is his stance on terrorism. He got that chance Thursday while commenting on Wednesday's supermarket explosion in St. Petersburg , which injured at least a dozen people and has... More »

Russia Puts Kibosh on Putin Foe's Bid to Unseat Him

Alexei Navalny's presidential campaign is incredibly short-lived

(Newser) - Russian election officials have formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, reports the AP . The Central Election Commission voted on Monday that the anti-corruption crusader isn't eligible to run. Navalny is implicitly barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case... More »

Putin Thanks Trump for CIA Tip

The Kremlin says the information thwarted attempted bombings in St. Petersburg

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. During the call, the two leaders' second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA information, the AP reports. The Kremlin... More »

Trump, Putin Speak After Latter Slams Collusion Probe

Putin warned against the US taking action in North Korea

(Newser) - The White House says President Trump spoke by phone Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The AP reports the call comes the same day Putin said the US is only hurting itself by investigating alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. Putin said in remarks that mirrored Trump's... More »

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