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May 7, 2014
We were told constantly about concerns over our troops near the Ukrainian border. We have pulled them back. Today they are not at the Ukrainian border but in places of regular exercises, at training grounds.
Vladimir Putin says that Russia has pulled its troops away from Ukraine’s border, which, if true, is likely to ease geopolitical concerns.
11:22 // 2 months ago
March 18, 2014
They cheated us again and again, made decisions behind our back, presenting us with completed facts. That’s the way it was with the expansion of NATO in the east, with the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders. They always told us the same thing: ‘Well, this doesn’t involve you.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin • During a 47-minute speech, delivered in front of hundreds of elected officials at the Grand Kremlin Palace, before signing a draft treaty to annex Crimea back into the Russian Federation. Putin repeatedly rebuked Western demands to remove itself from the ongoing situation in Ukraine, saying Russia’s actions followed the precedent set by NATO when Kosovo sought independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. Though the decision is expected to draw additional sanctions from Western governments, few expect Putin to back down on the matter. source
15:44 // 4 months ago
March 1, 2014
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January 16, 2014
15:45 // 6 months ago
December 19, 2013
Incarcerated Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will soon be freed from prison, along with 30 environmental activists and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as part of a new amnesty measure announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday morning. Many believe the pardons are an attempt to build Putin’s credibility on the world stage as the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continue to bring scrutiny on the country’s recently enacted ban on homosexual “propaganda.” (Photo courtesy of Ria Novosti) source

Incarcerated Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will soon be freed from prison, along with 30 environmental activists and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as part of a new amnesty measure announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday morning. Many believe the pardons are an attempt to build Putin’s credibility on the world stage as the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continue to bring scrutiny on the country’s recently enacted ban on homosexual “propaganda.” (Photo courtesy of Ria Novosti) source

15:14 // 7 months ago
November 16, 2013
I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organization. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.
Paul McCartney, in an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking the Russian government to let go of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held after attempting to board a Russian oil rig in a protest a couple of months ago. McCartney is one of many asking for a safe resolution to the plight of the Arctic 30, who currently face charges of piracy.
17:18 // 8 months ago
September 11, 2013

Putin op-ed calls for caution regarding Syria

breakingnews:

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes:

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

Read more of Putin’s piece at The New York Times.

Wait a second … this is just a David Brooks column with the wrong byline, isn’t it?

21:25 // 10 months ago
August 30, 2013
So much for free expression: After painting a series of provocative images dealing with Russia leadership—including this one of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev wearing lingerie—Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has been forced to leave the country and seek asylum. Altunin’s paintings were recently seized from the Museum of Power in St. Petersburg. Speaking about his reasons for leaving the country, Altunin said this: “I am an artist, I want to paint, not be a prisoner.” (photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

So much for free expression: After painting a series of provocative images dealing with Russia leadership—including this one of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev wearing lingerie—Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has been forced to leave the country and seek asylumAltunin’s paintings were recently seized from the Museum of Power in St. Petersburg. Speaking about his reasons for leaving the country, Altunin said this: “I am an artist, I want to paint, not be a prisoner.” (photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

9:02 // 10 months ago
August 7, 2013

U.S. - Russia summit cancelled in response to Edward Snowden asylum decision

  • Last Week Russia granted temporary asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, despite the protestations of the U.S. government, presumably ending any chance that Snowden will ever face federal charges in the United States.
  • This Week President Obama called off a previously scheduled trip to Russia for one-on-one meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, going so far as to tell Tonight Show host Jay Leno that Russia has a tendency to slip into a “Cold War mentality” from time to time. source
16:23 // 11 months ago
July 18, 2013
18:11 // 1 year ago