Vladimir Putin

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Putin Just Made a Big Power Move

He proposes changes to constitution as the prime minister resigns

(Newser) - It doesn't look like Vladimir Putin plans on giving up power in Russia for a long, long time. Two big developments in Moscow on Wednesday are seen as the first steps in Putin's plan to stay in control even when his fourth presidential term expires in 2024. By... More »

Putin Visits Iran Ally Over 'Escalating' Tensions

Russia's president makes his second visit to Syria during its civil war

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Damascus on Tuesday for a meeting with President Bashar Assad, a rare visit that comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and United States following the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, the AP reports. While the official statements made during the... More »

Kremlin: Putin Called Trump to Say Thank You

US apparently passed on a terrorism-related tip to Russia

(Newser) - The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin closed out the year with a thank-you call to President Trump after a tip from the US helped Russia prevent a possible terror attack. Reuters reports by way of Russian media that two Russians who were allegedly plotting attacks on St. Petersburg during new year... More »

Hypersonic Weapon Is Now Deployed, Russia Says

Development could renew arms race or restart negotiations with US

(Newser) - Russia said its new, intercontinental weapon that can carry a nuclear warhead, travel at 3,800 mph, and is invulnerable to US missile defense systems is ready to use. US officials said they believe it. The Russian military made the announcement Friday, the New York Times reports, raising the possibility... More »

Russian Opposition Leader: Staffer Abducted, Sent to Arctic

Alexei Navalny says Ruslan Shaveddinov was forcibly 'conscripted' for military service

(Newser) - The Russian military says it's simply making a 23-year-old draft dodger fulfill his one-year conscription—but President Vladimir Putin's main opponent is calling what happened earlier this week a kidnapping. The Guardian reports that Ruslan Shaveddinov, an activist and project manager at opposition leader Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption... More »

Putin: 'Not a Single Country' Rivals Russia With This Weapon

Russia's president touts his country's development of hypersonic weapons

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia has got a strong edge in designing new weapons and that it has become the only country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons, the AP reports. Speaking at a meeting with top military brass, Putin said that for the first time in... More »

Putin Talks Impeachment, Climate Change, More

Russian president defends Trump in his annual press conference

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin sat down for his annual, wide-ranging press conference Thursday in Moscow, with President Trump's impeachment and climate change among the topics making headlines. Trump will be surely be pleased with his comments on the first topic in particular. Highlights from Bloomberg , the AP , the BBC , and NBC... More »

Summit Produces Cease-Fire

There's no breakthrough in Russia-Ukraine talks mediated by Macron and Merkel

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky agreed Monday to put a cease-fire in place in eastern Ukraine by the end of the month. The deal was reached in Paris, where the presidents of Russia and Ukraine met in talks led by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A... More »

New Figure Enters Ukraine Controversy

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban reportedly bad-mouthed Ukraine before call

(Newser) - New reports out Tuesday add more context to President Trump's view of Ukraine before he made his famous call to that nation's leader in July. The upshot is that Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orban each bad-mouthed Ukraine as a corrupt nation to Trump, reinforcing what he... More »

'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling

(Newser) - In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret,... More »

WH Concealed Calls With Putin, Crown Prince: Report

As well as reported convo in which Trump told Russians election interference didn't concern him

(Newser) - As an impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains momentum after a whistleblower complaint regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, more stories are breaking that suggest a concealment like the one alleged after the Trump-Zelensky call may not have been limited to that call. Sources tell CNN... More »

Kremlin: Hey, Don't Release Transcripts of Our Calls

Moscow doesn't want to see Trump-Putin conversations made public

(Newser) - The Kremlin is weighing in on the Trump-Ukraine phone controversy, though not about whether President Trump did or did not act appropriately. Instead, Russia has a narrower focus in mind: It doesn't want the US to release transcripts of Trump-Putin calls, reports Bloomberg . "We would like to hope... More »

MSNBC's O'Donnell: I Shouldn't Have Reported Trump Story

Reporting on Russia ties to Trump finances was a mistake, he admits

(Newser) - MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said Wednesday he made an "error in judgment" in reporting about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump's finances without verifying the story, the AP reports. O'Donnell's admission came in a tweet Wednesday after a lawyer for Trump said the story... More »

Russia Will Spy on US and Match Its Missiles, Putin Says

INF treaty ended last week

(Newser) - Now that an arms control treaty has been abandoned, Vladamir Putin says he'll keep track of US missile development by spying. If he sees the US building short- and medium-range, land-based nuclear missiles, Russia will build them, too, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Russian president announced his plans... More »

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,... More »

Russia: Details on Sub Fire Are 'Totally Classified'

Officials won't say if vessel was nuclear-powered

(Newser) - Russia is remaining tight-lipped about a Monday fire that killed 14 sailors on a deep-sea submersible, claiming details are a state secret. "There is nothing illegal about this. It fully corresponds to the Russian law on state secrets," a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, describing information... More »

Putin Answers Criticism After Rocketman Censorship

Elton John had posted a letter to Russia's leader

(Newser) - Elton John is a musical genius, Vladimir Putin says, but he's mistaken about the Russian leader's attitudes on LGBTQ rights. John had criticized Putin over remarks he'd made in an interview with the Financial Times , after scenes showing gay sex and drug use were removed from John'... More »

Trump Jokes With Putin About Election Meddling

'Don't meddle in the election,' he tells him

(Newser) - With a smirk and a finger point, President Trump dryly told Russia's Vladimir Putin not to "meddle in the election" in their first meeting since special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia extensively interfered with the 2016 campaign. It was the first time the leaders had met since... More »

Russia Is Closing Down Illegal 'Whale Jails'

100 whales will be returned to the wild, deputy PM says

(Newser) - Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia's far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. A state TV reporter made the announcement during President Vladimir Putin's annual live call-in show on Thursday, saying that by "coincidence"... More »

Tillerson's Take on Trump-Putin Meeting Infuriates Trump

President says it was Tillerson who was 'totally ill prepared'

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson was "totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State," according to the man who appointed him. President Trump's tweeted insults about Tillerson, whom he again referred to as "dumb as a rock" on Thursday, came after Tillerson told the House Foreign... More »

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