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  • Jul 13, 2014
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Vladimir Putin

Russian President Putin flaunts his unfettered powers

President Vladimir Putin's freeing of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's best-known prisoner, by swift, personal fiat capped a remarkable string of single-handed decisions of late.

Monday, 23 December, 2013, 5:04am

Russia has vital economic and defence interests in Arctic, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country has vital defence and economic interests in the Arctic, citing a potential US military threat from submarine-based missiles there.

4 Dec 2013 - 9:32pm

Putin uses visit to Seoul to push Korea to Russia rail link

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea yesterday, pushing a pet project for a new trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea.

14 Nov 2013 - 3:10am 1 comment

Putin vows to boost Russian military supplies to Vietnam amid South China Sea dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to expand military supplies to Vietnam, a move that looks set to raise concerns from Beijing as tensions over the South China Sea linger.

In the latest sign of deepening military ties between the former allies, Putin made the announcement yesterday during a one-day state visit to Vietnam.

13 Nov 2013 - 8:54am 2 comments

Putin says he might run for fourth term as president of Russia

If Putin runs and wins, it would keep him in power for about a quarter century and make him the nation's longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

21 Sep 2013 - 4:07am

Wily Putin makes himself indispensable over Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been many things to US President Barack Obama: a partner, an irritant, host of the elusive Edward Snowden and "the bored kid in the back of the classroom" who offered so little on the administration's foreign policy goals that Obama cancelled plans to hold a summit meeting in Moscow last week.

13 Sep 2013 - 3:09am

Critics say Putin’s Olympic security decree violates rights

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to tighten security in the Black Sea resort of Sochi during the next year Winter Olympics, imposing restrictions on freedom of movement and assembly that critics said violated human rights.

24 Aug 2013 - 4:35pm

US journalist pulled off Russian TV after pro-gay rant

Russian government-funded TV channel RT faced a new controversy yesterday after taking an American journalist off air for launching into a diatribe against Russia's anti-gay legislation.

23 Aug 2013 - 2:50am

President Putin causes blogging frenzy by catching giant pike

Russian bloggers took the bait when the Kremlin posted a video on its website of President Vladimir Putin landing a huge pike. But it was the question of 'How big?' that set the internet buzzing and led to an avalanche of both humorous and sarcastic remarks.

30 Jul 2013 - 2:47am

Book review: 'Fragile Empire', by Ben Judah

These are gloomy days for Russia's liberals. Since becoming president for a second time in May last year, Vladimir Putin has launched a wave of repression.

7 Jul 2013 - 2:05pm

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