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Putin insists 'no place' for doping in sport as Rio ban looms

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday insisted Russia was committed to wiping out doping in a last-ditch push to avoid a possible blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run drug cheating.

Kremlin confirms Putin and Erdogan to meet in Russia in August

Moscow - The Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan to meet in Russia in early August."A meeting between Putin and Erdogan is being prepared and worked out.

Putin says 'traumatic effect' of Brexit vote to last long

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned that the fallout from Britain's vote to leave the European Union would last a long time.

Putin makes pitch for better Europe ties as economy suffers

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he was willing to reach out to Europe to mend relations shattered by the Ukraine crisis but insisted the West was responsible for the bad blood.

Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit

Rent - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited the monastic community of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites, on the last leg of a two-day visit to Greece.

Putin says relatives of killed journalists asked for Savchenko pardon

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the relatives of two Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine had asked him to pardon Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, convicted of complicity in their deaths.

Russia denies state-run doping at showcase Sochi games

Moscow - Russia on Friday denied what it called unsubstantiated claims of a vast state-run doping programme during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi seen by many as a triumph for Vladimir Putin.

Putin mulls measures to 'end threats' from US defence systems

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that Russia would consider measures to "end threats" from US anti-missile systems in Europe but said Moscow would not engage in a new arms race.

Putin 'not entirely persuaded' by European unity: Obama

Washington - US President Barack Obama said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.

Putin admits Panama Papers 'accurate,' blames U.S.

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday acknowledged the accuracy of the Panama Papers revelations, but claimed funds had been spent on musical instruments as he blamed the leak on the United States.

Putin says banned drug meldonium not 'doping'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin defended Thursday the use of the banned drug meldonium, saying athletes' use of the performance-boosting drug does not constitute doping. "This drug has nothing to do with doping," Putin said during an annual call-in show.

Coy Putin laughs off remarriage question in annual phone-in

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday laughed off a question about Russia's next first lady during his annual phone-in with the nation, but hinted that "maybe" he will remarry one day.

Russian economy in 'grey' zone but reasons for optimism: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that while Russia's crisis-hit economy remained crippled by problems there are reasons for optimism as he held his annual phone-in with the nation.

Panama Papers: Putin's cellist friend says 'invests in musicians'

Moscow - A cellist friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin named in the Panama Papers as owning a $2-billion offshore empire was portrayed as a humble patron of the arts Sunday, in a state TV programme in which he said he helps hundreds of musicians.

Op-Ed: Panama Papers and the West's Putin complex

The Panama Papers exposed a damning system of tax avoidance by wealthy politicians, but the Western media seemed largely fixated on one name in particular, Vladimir Putin, despite his name not being mentioned once in the 11.5 million leaked files.

Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the creation of a national foundation to "popularise" history, seen as the Kremlin's latest bid to rehabilitate the Soviet legacy.

Offshore empire of Putin's cellist friend shines light on Kremlin wealth

Moscow - A virtuoso concert cellist who calls President Vladimir Putin a "brother", Sergei Roldugin has flown under the radar while other close friends of the Russia leader openly amassed vast fortunes.

Putin, Russia 'main target' of Panama Papers leaks: Kremlin

Moscow - The Kremlin on Monday slammed the leak of the "Panama Papers" tax documents as an attack aimed primarily at Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming that former CIA officials helped analyse the papers.

Putin hails Palmyra recapture, trumpets Russian role

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday hailed Syria's recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra, while stressing the role of Moscow's military in reversing the Islamic State tide.

Russia can ramp up military presence in Syria if needed: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned Russia could ramp up its military presence in Syria within "several hours" if needed, as he urged all sides of the conflict to respect a ceasefire.

Putin to decorate personnel who fought in Syria: Kremlin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday will bestow state awards on Russian military personnel who fought in Syria after ordering the withdrawal of armed forces from the war-torn country, the Kremlin said.

Putin says 'foreign enemies' seek to disrupt Russian elections

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin warned Friday that foreign enemies were seeking to disrupt upcoming parliamentary elections and ordered Russia's security service to be vigilant.

Russia to keep fighting IS and other 'terrorist groups' in Syria

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday pledged no let-up in Moscow's bombing campaign against Islamic State jihadists, the Al-Nusra Front and other "terrorist groups" in Syria after a ceasefire enters into force.

Russia will do 'whatever necessary' to ensure Damascus observes ceasefire: Putin

Moscow - Russia will do "whatever is necessary" to ensure that Damascus respects a Syrian ceasefire agreement that Moscow and Washington say will take effect on February 27, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Russian protest leader sues Putin over 'corruption'

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin on Thursday over alleged graft, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by his son-in-law.

Russia may ban corn and soybeans from U.S.

A Russian watchdog group says U.S. corn contains dry rot and the use of GMOs may result in a ban on both corn and soybeans from the States.

Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday revealed he has kept his USSR Communist Party membership card, and still has a soft spot for socialist ideals.

Premature to speak of asylum for Assad: Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday it was premature to say whether Moscow would grant asylum to embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who had made "many mistakes.

Putin: 'We don't want the USSR back but no one believes us'

Moscow - Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday, but the problem is that "nobody wants to believe it".

Russian secret services foiled 30 planned attacks in 2015: Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday hailed the country's secret services for foiling around 30 planned attacks and uncovering more than 320 foreign spies in 2015.
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Ukranian riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with anti-government protesters near Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014
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LEADERS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands...
LEADERS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the Kremlin in Moscow in April.
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Russian leader Vladimir Putin has called for an energy alliance with Europe
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has called for an energy alliance with Europe
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Vladimir Putin meets with BRICS members 2013
Vladimir Putin meets with BRICS members 2013
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Vladimir Putin at World Economic Forum meeting
Vladimir Putin at World Economic Forum meeting
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Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning, throw missiles during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia  Bra...
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014
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Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning  throw missiles during clashes with riot police ...
Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning, throw missiles during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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Vladimir Putin discussing with Mikheil Saakashvili in 2006.
Vladimir Putin discussing with Mikheil Saakashvili in 2006.
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On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions a...
On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions against Russia. It’s anticipated they hit the major sectors of Russian economy after the most influential Russian top-managers and business owners have been banned from doing business in the U.S. It is also expected that the EU will join its Western ally in punishing Russia for building up a fire of the civil confrontation in Ukraine
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Russian President Vladimir Putin aboard the battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy during a Northern Fleet exercise in 2005
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Sanctions are sanctions  but 18th St.-Petersburg international economic forum will take place in all...
Sanctions are sanctions, but 18th St.-Petersburg international economic forum will take place in all political weather. Moreover, president Putin will arrive at the Forum, for whom the action will become the Rubicon for presentation of Russia on international scene. Despite the threats of USA and Europe to apply once again a new package of rigid economic sanctions, which in their opinion should strike Russian economy and both large and medium business, Russia and Putin pay little attention...
Russian Davos. Putin's attempt to stop economic collapse
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A man holds a sledgehammer as he smashes a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, which was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 8, 2013
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There is, of course speculation.
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Khodorkovsky with then President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 20 December 2002
Khodorkovsky with then President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 20 December 2002
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Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin  in a reflective mood.
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, in a reflective mood.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting in 2012.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting in 2012.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin watches from the stands during the Team Ladies Free Skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014
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