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20:21 // 2 weeks 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 // 7 months ago
June 25, 2013
Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him…I hope it will not affect the business-like character of our relations with the U.S. and I hope that our partners will understand that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, flippantly brushing aside Washington’s demands that Russia extradite Edward Snowden. “Moscow is now giving wedgies and making the Obama administration eat bugs,” the American Interest’s Walter Russell Mead wrote yesterday. That may be true, but Putin also claimed that Russian intelligence hasn’t attempted to debrief Snowden, which if true, should at least be a minor relief to the Obama Administration. Still, though, this is undoubtedly aggravating news for Washington. source
15:29 // 9 months ago
June 15, 2013
I took out the ring and showed it to Putin, and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring.’ I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft • Accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of stealing one of his Super Bowl rings back in 2005, during a meeting in St. Petersburg. The ring, worth in excess of $25,000, was by Kraft’s telling simply being shown off to Putin when he pocketed it, and Kraft wanted it back. But he also claims he then received a call from the Bush administration White House on the matter, saying “It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.” source
15:39 // 10 months ago
June 6, 2013
reuterspictures:

Gallery: Putin & wife split
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announce they have separated and their marriage is over.

And they did it with a smile.

reuterspictures:

Gallery: Putin & wife split

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announce they have separated and their marriage is over.

And they did it with a smile.

16:08 // 10 months ago
December 27, 2012
9:01 // 1 year ago
August 26, 2012
breakingnews:

Rebel female punk band says 2 members flee Russia
Two members of Russia’s anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have fled the country to avoid prosecution for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, the band says. Read more from Reuters.
Photo: Members of the female punk band Pussy Riot, from right, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina sit in a glass-walled cage after a court hearing in Moscow on August 17, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

This is not good. :/ Freedom of speech, lost.

breakingnews:

Rebel female punk band says 2 members flee Russia

Two members of Russia’s anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have fled the country to avoid prosecution for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, the band says. Read more from Reuters.

Photo: Members of the female punk band Pussy Riot, from right, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina sit in a glass-walled cage after a court hearing in Moscow on August 17, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

This is not good. :/ Freedom of speech, lost.

11:03 // 1 year ago
June 12, 2012
Hillary Clinton: Russia is giving Syria attack helicopters
More headaches in Syria: According to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russia is sending attack helicopters to the Syrian government. If this is true, it will undoubtedly set back international efforts to resolve the conflict. Russia, along with China, is Syria’s strongest international ally, and continues to block Western countries’ efforts to take harsher action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. If the US’s intelligence is correct, not only is Russia not taking a harder line against Assad; it’s actually sending him more weapons. Oy vey. (Picture credit: Sergei Zhukov/AFP/Getty). source
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More headaches in Syria: According to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russia is sending attack helicopters to the Syrian government. If this is true, it will undoubtedly set back international efforts to resolve the conflict. Russia, along with China, is Syria’s strongest international ally, and continues to block Western countries’ efforts to take harsher action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. If the US’s intelligence is correct, not only is Russia not taking a harder line against Assad; it’s actually sending him more weapons. Oy vey. (Picture credit: Sergei Zhukov/AFP/Getty). source

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17:34 // 1 year ago
Russian protests draw tens of thousands: A day after anti-Putin opposition leaders complained of police searches, protesters took to the streets of Moscow to protest on Russia Day, in honor of the day, 22 years ago, when leaders chose to make Russian laws take precedence over Soviet Union laws. Many of those targeted Monday by police couldn’t take part, but at least one, leftist party leader Sergei Udaltsov, shunned his police summons to join the protests. (Photo: Protesters carry the Russian Imperial flag through the streets of Moscow. Mikhail Metzel/AP)

Russian protests draw tens of thousands: A day after anti-Putin opposition leaders complained of police searches, protesters took to the streets of Moscow to protest on Russia Day, in honor of the day, 22 years ago, when leaders chose to make Russian laws take precedence over Soviet Union laws. Many of those targeted Monday by police couldn’t take part, but at least one, leftist party leader Sergei Udaltsov, shunned his police summons to join the protests. (Photo: Protesters carry the Russian Imperial flag through the streets of Moscow. Mikhail Metzel/AP)

10:08 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2012
They rifled through everything, every wardrobe, in the toilet, in the refrigerator. They searched under the beds. Were they looking for our secrets?
Russian Left Front party leader Sergei Udaltsov • Discussing the searches that Russian police did on both his home, and those of other opposition figures, on Monday morning. Political foes of Vladimir Putin, who protested heavily ahead of his election as president, are now finding themselves the subject of major crackdowns. Putin recently signed a law increasing fines for public street demonstrations, among other things. ”What we are witnessing today is in essence the year 1937,” said activist Yevgenia Chirikova. “It is an absolutely clear scenario in which the authorities scare the people.”
10:18 // 1 year ago