Vladimir Putin

Russian President Putin flaunts his unfettered powers

Putin's granting of pardons reflects his untrammelled power.

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

Vladimir Putin takes questions from an audience at Moscow State University. Putin said that Russia should beef up its presence in the Arctic. Photo: AP

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

Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye attend a plenary session of the Russia-Republic of Korea Dialogue forum in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: EPA

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 reviews a guard of honour with Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

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

Valdai waiters hold champagne as Putin talks. Photo: EPA

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

Putin believes a military strike risks spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders, and would violate international law, undermining post-war stability. Photo: AFP

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

A  demonstrator holds a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin with make-up as he protests against homophobia in front of the Russian Embassy in Madrid. Photo: AFP

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

Journalist James Kirchick. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Vladimir Putin with the giant pike of questionable weight.

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

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

Defiant Russian president is the outsider at the G8 summit

There is little personal warmth between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit. Photo: Reuters

Vladimir Putin's participation in the first G8 summit of his new term was supposed to seal his comeback to the global stage as Russia's paramount leader after winning a third presidential term last year.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:52am

Who said it?

Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon

If anyone damages academic freedom, please tell me right away as I'll be the guardian of academic freedom

Lingnan University's controversial new president, Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon


He put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring'

18 Jun 2013 - 2:06am

Putin offers to buy New York Patriots owner Robert Kraft a Super Bowl ring

Vladimir Putin holds the Super Bowl ring as he shakes hands with Robert Kraft, watched by News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch. Photo: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying insinuations that he stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring that is on display in the Kremlin, but says he is ready to buy Kraft another ring as a gift.

18 Jun 2013 - 3:51am 1 comment

Russia would consider asylum for US cyber leaker Edward Snowden

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) said his country has not yet received an application for asylum from Edward Snowden. Photo: EPA

Russia would consider granting asylum to the American who has exposed top-secret US surveillance programmes, if he were to ask for it, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Russia’s Putin and wife say their marriage is over

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila. The couple now say their marriage is over. Photo: AP

President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, told Russians on Thursday that their 30-year marriage was over, confirming longstanding speculation that they had separated.

In a rare appearance together on state television, Putin was asked about rumours that they no longer lived together and answered: “That is true.”

7 Jun 2013 - 9:03am 1 comment