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Russia brings forward parliamentary elections

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a law that brings next year's Russian parliamentary elections forward by three months, a move some commentators said gives an unfair advantage to pro-Kremlin parties.

World breathes 'huge sigh of relief' at Iran deal: Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday hailed a deal reached on Iran's nuclear drive as a "firm choice for stability and cooperation".

Russia 'open to world', will cooperate with West: Putin

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said his country was open to the world and would cooperate with the West despite persistent tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Op-Ed: Military wants to fight global warming

Denver - The U.S. and Russian navies are planning arctic war games, and once again the greens have their knickers in a knot. The two navies probably will have more luck than Dwayne Johnson in “San Andreas,” because the ice is melting.

Russian clash with West a ruse to keep elite in power: Dissident

Washington - The Russia-Ukraine conflict has no short term solution and is part of a fabricated conflict with the West to distract everyday Russians from corruption and incompetence, a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Pope urges 'sincere effort' from Putin on Ukraine

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and all other parties to the conflict in Ukraine to make a "sincere effort" for peace.

Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions

Rome - Russian President Vladimir Putin used a trip to Italy on Wednesday to press his case against international sanctions and was urged by Pope Francis to make a "sincere effort" for peace in Ukraine.

Don't be afraid of Russia, Putin tells West

Moscow - Russia is not a threat to the West, President Vladimir Putin insisted in an interview published on Saturday, saying he was still committed to a Ukraine peace deal after a fresh flare-up in the country's east.

Op-Ed: Russian literature won’t save Putin

A narrative gaining wide currency is that Vladimir Putin will survive because he is a symbol of the nation’s beloved literature. At first glance this view shorts Russian music, ballet, et al.

Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday the Kremlin was doing all it could to secure the release of two men that Ukraine says are captured Russian soldiers.

Russia unveils bust of Putin as Roman emperor

Saint Petersburg - A group of supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday presented a bust of the strongman depicting him in the heroic guise of a Roman emperor.

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad.

Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for 'ordinary flat'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country's elite.

Putin says 'no regrets' over Crimea annexation

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast Sunday to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea as it overturned "a historical injustice.

Russian police raid offices of Putin critic Khodorkovsky

Moscow - Armed police on Thursday raided the office of a Russian rights group led by exiled Vladimir Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, during the president's marathon annual phone-in session.

Putin admits Russia forcibly imposed Soviet model on E.Europe

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted that the Soviet Union sought to "forcibly" impose the Soviet model on Eastern Europe after World War II.

Pro-Putin filmmakers to launch patriotic fast food chain

Moscow - Russian authorities have pledged millions of dollars to help two renowned film director brothers create a patriotic fast food chain to rival McDonalds, reports said Friday.

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble brings mixed results

Moscow - A year since the start of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin may not have emerged the winner in his showdown with the West but he has not lost either, analysts say.

Putin laughs off 'rumours' over his 10-day absence

Saint Petersburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed days of frenzied "rumours" over his health and whereabouts as he reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence.

Putin spokesman denies baby rumours

Moscow - A spokesman for Vladimir Putin on Friday denied rumours swirling in the European media that a baby had been born to the Russian leader.

'Where is Putin?' Russians ask, as leader drops off radar

Moscow - Where is President Vladimir Putin? The Kremlin was forced Thursday to insist the Russian leader was in good health as rumours swirled online over his week-long absence from the public eye.

Russia could not 'abandon' Crimea: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia took over Crimea because it had to protect Crimea's mostly ethnic-Russian population after pro-Western Ukrainian nationalists came to power in Ukraine.

Putin describes secret operation to seize Crimea

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has revealed the moment he says he gave the secret order for Russia's annexation of Crimea and described how Russian troops were ready to fight to rescue Ukraine's deposed, pro-Moscow president.

Putin takes 10% salary cut in crisis-hit Russia

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday he was cutting his salary by 10 percent as well as the earnings of several top government officials, as the country's economy reels from the collapse of the ruble.

Putin says Nemtsov assassination a 'disgrace'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that had brought disgrace on Russia, and warned against a rise in "extremist crime".

Putin urges Kiev not to stop Ukraine soldiers from laying down arms

Budapest - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Kiev to allow Ukrainian soldiers who are encircled by pro-Russian rebels in the town of Debaltseve to lay down their weapons.

Putin says rebels want encircled Ukraine troops to surrender

Minsk - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that pro-Russian rebels had encircled up to 8,000 Ukrainian troops and expected them to surrender ahead of a ceasefire.

Ukraine and Russia plan meeting over continuing conflict

Donetsk - Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine will meet Wednesday in an effort to resolve their bloody dispute over the future of the former Soviet republic.

Putin's spokesman dismisses 'stupid' Asperger's claim

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has angrily dismissed a Pentagon study that claimed the Russian leader had Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism."That is stupidity not worthy of comment," spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Gazeta.

Why is mother of 7 Svetlana Davydova imprisoned now in Russia?

Vyazma - As Russia continues to deny troop deployments in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a mother of seven is arrested on suspicion of treason for a phone call made nine months ago.
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