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What Putin Tackled in This Year's Marathon Q&A

Ukraine, sanctions, and Boris Nemtsov's murder

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin spent four hours responding to queries from the Russian people today as part of his annual "direct line" Q&A session in Moscow, which can be viewed in its entirety here . While he spoke on lighter matters, like the sale of milk in schools, he also touched... More »

Putin Selling Iran a 'Game Changer' Missile Defense

'Beast' could make it very hard for US to strike Iran

(Newser) - The nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers is still only a "framework," but Vladimir Putin has decided to lift a ban on missile sales to Tehran—and make it a lot harder for the US to strike Iran if the deal goes bad. The Russian leader has... More »

US: Russia Jet Blew by Ours in 'Unsafe' Move

Washington is communicating concerns to Russia, officials say

(Newser) - A Russian fighter jet flying over the Baltic Sea last week flew a little too near a US reconnaissance plane in what the Pentagon calls "an unsafe and unprofessional manner," USA Today reports. Now the US is taking up the matter with Russian authorities, US officials tweeted. "... More »

Russia Hackers Had Access to Obama's Schedule

President's whereabouts not classified, but not public knowledge, either

(Newser) - Russian hackers' apparent infiltration of the White House computer network in October wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring, even though it was the unclassified portion of the system that was breached. Now US officials say some of the unclassified information that made its way onto hackers' screens was related to President Obama'... More »

Snowden, John Oliver Explain NSA Spying in Terms of Dirty Pics

HBO host traveled to Russia to meet with whistleblower

(Newser) - Not long ago, Edward Snowden's NSA leaks were the focus of vast media attention. But two years later, "it seems like we've kind of forgotten to have a debate over the content of what Snowden leaked," John Oliver tells his HBO audience, showing them a series... More »

Czech Prez Bans US Envoy From Castle

Andrew Schapiro questioned Milos Zeman's plan to attend Moscow event

(Newser) - The US ambassador to the Czech Republic recently suggested it would be "awkward" if the country's president headed to a World War II remembrance in Moscow, as most EU leaders are skipping it over Russia's meddling in Ukraine. To show exactly what he thinks of the unsolicited... More »

Iran Balks at 11th Hour, Says Deal Still 'Doable'

Tehran suddenly says it won't ship uranium to Russia

(Newser) - A German foreign minister today cited "some progress and some setbacks" in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran in Swiss talks—and those "setbacks" include a seemingly sudden decision by Iran not to ship the bulk of its uranium to Russia as it had... More »

Russian Wants London-to-NY Highway— Via Moscow

Putin pal says 13K-mile superhighway would cost 'trillions' but be totally worth it

(Newser) - London to New York? Skip flying the Atlantic and hop a 13,000-mile superhighway connecting the two via Moscow. That’s the plan a pal of Vladimir Putin's is proposing to create the first modern roadway from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Fox News reports. And while Russian Railways... More »

Broke Russians Swap Pricey Booze for Bath Cleaner

Economic crisis taking a toll on heavy drinkers

(Newser) - As an economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol, or even cleaning products. Layoffs, wage cuts, and price increases are combining to worsen the problem of alcoholism, which has long been a major... More »

Russia Picks a New Fight—With Tiny Denmark

'Danish warships will be' nuclear targets if country joins NATO shield: ambassador

(Newser) - Denmark is poised to play a role in NATO's missile defense system, and Russia isn't happy about it. In August, Denmark said it would use its warships' radar to contribute to the shield, Reuters reports; now Russia has issued a threat over the decision. "If that happens,... More »

A 'Relaxed If Pale' Putin Reappears

He's finally surfaced

(Newser) - Meetings between the presidents of Russia and Kyrgyzstan don't usually capture the world's attention—until today. After more than 10 days out of the public eye, Vladimir Putin appeared before reporters in his first appearance before journalists since March 5. Reuters describes him as "relaxed if pale,... More »

China Now the World's 3rd-Largest Arms Exporter

Buyers turn to China instead of US, Russia for cheaper, comparable weapons

(Newser) - From 2005 to 2009, China reigned as the world's top weapons importer, but since then, it's fallen to third place—while sliding into the third slot on another list: It's displaced Germany as the third-largest weapons exporter. China retains only 5% of the global export market—the... More »

Still No Putin in Public: Is It the Flu?

CIA thinks so, says Gawker

(Newser) - The Kremlin may have released what it says are up-to-date images of Vladimir Putin, but another day without a public appearance has kept the rumor mill moving. While the one about him being in Switzerland for the birth of his love child is tempting, consensus seems to be shifting toward... More »

'Missing' Putin May Have Finally Re-Emerged

Kremlin denies he's ill, says his grip will still 'break hands,' spokesman says

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin hasn't been seen doing anything in public for a while, let alone engaging in macho stunts , but the Kremlin firmly denies rumors that the president is sick. Those rumors started to swirl after the 62-year-old leader canceled a trip to Kazakhstan earlier this week, and Kremlin-watchers became... More »

Nemtsov Murder Suspect Blows Himself Up

Suspect charged in killing is said to have confessed

(Newser) - Well, that seems settled: Not only has Russia charged two and detained three others in the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, but one of those charged has apparently confessed. And a sixth suspect blew himself up last night when police approached his apartment in Chechnya, reports Interfax via the... More »

Russia Charges 2, Detains 3 More in Nemtsov Murder

2 arrested yesterday are charged as 3 more arrive in court

(Newser) - Five suspects in the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov have been delivered to the court for arraignment, the spokeswoman for a Moscow court said today. The statement by Anna Fedeeva to reporters outside the courthouse came one day after the Federal Security service said two suspects had... More »

Russia Arrests 2 in Nemtsov Murder

But few details on why they might have done it

(Newser) - Russia has made two arrests in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov , but there's little explanation yet of the suspects' possible motive. The head of the Russia's Federal Security Bureau went on state TV to announce the arrests of two men from the Caucasus region, which CNN... More »

Snowden in Talks to Return to US

Lawyer in Moscow says he wants a guarantee of a fair trial

(Newser) - Edward Snowden apparently doesn't want to spend the rest of his days in Russia. One of his lawyers in Moscow says he is in negotiations to return to the US, reports Reuters . "We are doing everything possible now to solve this issue," says Anatoly Kucherena. "There... More »

Russia Blocks Some From Putin Critic's Funeral

'He was our hope'

(Newser) - Mourners have gathered at a human rights center to remember slain Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemtsov —but many haven't been welcome at the event, the BBC reports. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, held for 15 days after promoting a demonstration, hasn't been allowed out of jail, while Poland'... More »

Thousands Rally for Slain Putin Critic: 'I Am Not Afraid'

Litvinenko's widow, many others point blame at Putin

(Newser) - Boris Nemtsov was due to lead an opposition protest in Moscow today, and thousands of people are instead holding one in memory of the critic of Vladimir Putin who was gunned down on Friday, reports the BBC . Marchers carried signs declaring "He died for the future of Russia,"... More »

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