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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.

West trying to throttle Russia's economy, overthrow Putin: Kremlin

Moscow - Western countries are trying to use the Ukraine conflict to topple President Vladimir Putin and wreck Russia's economy, the president's spokesman said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Putin spokesman dismisses Spanish villa reports as 'joke'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Friday dismissed media reports that the Russian leader owns a luxury Spanish villa where he is planting a vineyard.

Op-Ed: Putin doesn't want movies about dictator assassinations

Moscow - It should be no surprise that Russian President Vladimir Putin opposed a film showing the assassination of a dictator. At one point the Islamic State and Chechen rebels threatened to kill him.

Op-Ed: Russian women urged to use beetroot for lipstick

Moscow - That Russian hooker may be using beetroot for lipstick. In few places have Western sanctions on Russian have had more effect than on women as a commodity in Vladimir Putin’s gulag.

Op-Ed: Putin shuts down media inside and outside Russia

Moscow - This weekend President Vladimir Putin convinced Facebook to shut down an organizing page used by his opponents to try to mimic the April Spring.

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Putin says economy will rebound as sanctions stiffen

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Op-Ed: No ringtones for ruble in Russia

Moscow - The Russian economy is collapsing and more sanctions are ahead. Apple halted online sales in Russia and Moscow began selling off reserve foreign currency.

Op-Ed: Dismal New Year's for Putin

Moscow - Perhaps it’s a good thing that Russia’s government is calling off New Year’s Eve parties. They probably would fizzle. Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine adventures have led to the price of condoms and hookers rising.
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