Tag: Vladimir Putin

Pres. Obama’s W.H. announces new sanctions on Russia

The White House says the U.S. is sanctioning seven Russian officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The White House says the penalties are being levied because Russia has failed to live up to commitments it agreed to under an international accord aimed at deescalating the crisis in Ukraine.…

Watch Snowden RT Interview VIDEO Asking Putin: Do You Spy?

Edward Snowden ask Thursday in a interview with Moscow-run television station Russia Today: “Does Russia intercept, store, or analyze—in any way—the communications of individuals?” Snowden has lived in Moscow for nearly a year since he leaked information from the National Security Agency. Putin responded: “Russia uses surveillance techniques for spying on individuals only with the…

Putin signs into law Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the treaty formally making Crimea part of the Russian Federation, after it was approved by the parliament, on the same day Ukraine capped a landmark alliance with the European Union.All 155 senators present in Moscow’s upper house voted on Friday in favour of the treaty, which was…

[VIDEO] Pres. Obama announces new economic sanctions on Russia

President Barack Obama says the United States is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine. Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S. to sanction key sectors of the Russian…

Russia ‘Concerned’ About Estonia

Looks like they’re thinking about getting the gang back together. A Russian diplomat voiced Moscow’s concern on Wednesday about Estonia’s treatment of ethnic Russians in the country, setting off alarm bells in the Baltic state. The diplomat compared a language policy in the country to a supposed push in Ukraine to stop the use of…

Putin defends Crimean annexation in fiery speech

Russia’s President Putin has delivered a speech fiercely defending his country’s move to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region, he cited Ukraine’s 1991 declaration of independence following the break-up of the Soviet Union as a legal precedent. Putin said Russia stressed that he doesn’t want to move into other regions of Ukraine, saying ‘we don’t want division…

New Donetsk governor says Russians behind east Ukraine clashes

The new governor of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk on Friday said Russians were behind violent clashes between rival demonstrators in which one man was killed, and accused Moscow of distorting the truth in its account of what happened. Dmitriy Chernyavskiy, 22, was stabbed to death in Donetsk, the heartland of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking coalfields,…

Russian parliament speaker: There will be no Russia-Ukraine war

There will be no war between Russia and Ukraine, the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said on Friday. “It’s complete nonsense, it absolutely does not reflect our intentions, the feelings of empathy and the pain we feel for the Ukrainian people,” Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian Federation Council, said. Photo: Military personnel…

[VIDEO] RT News Anchor Liz Wahl Quits Live On Air

An American anchor working for state-owned television station Russia Today quit on air on Wednesday. Liz Wahl, in the network’s D.C. bureau, said she could no longer be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after…

Russia Moves Into Ukraine – Obama: US is ‘deeply concerned’

“Several hundred” Russian troops moved into Crimea, Ukraine Friday, according to U.S. defense officials. In a statement prior to the news, President Obama said that “we are now deeply concerned” and urged that Russia not interfere “in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.” Not stopping to take questions from the press, the…

VIDEO shows Pussy Riot members beaten by Cossacks

A video released Wednesday shows members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot being beaten by security officials in Sochi as they tried to film a music video at the port of the city that is hosting the Winter Olympics. The apparent attack happened just a day after band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,…

Pussy Riot Members Arrested In Sochi Again

So much for Putin trying to make Russia seem more appealing on the international stage. Two members of the female punk band Pussy Riot, who were recently released from Russian prisons after being jailed for two years for charges of “hooliganism,” have once again been detained. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were meeting with journalists…

[VIDEOS] Pussy Riot Members Make First American Television Appearance on The Colbert Report

Two members of the political punk rock band Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, were guests on The Colbert Report last night, their first American television appearance after spending two years in prison for pre-meditated hoolaganism. Through a translator both Nadya and Masha spoke about the circumstances of their arrest, their views on Putin,…

Russia hunts as many as 4 ‘black widows’ before Olympics

Russian security services may be looking for as many as four ‘black widows’ dispatched to carry out terrorist attacks related to the Winter Olympics, including at least one woman believed to be in or near the Olympic city of Sochi, US and Russian sources told NBC News on Monday. Wanted posters that have gone up…

Putin on Ice: Vladimir Putin Plays Hockey [VIDEO]

Russian president Vladimir Putin tested out the ice at in the Winter Olympics host city – by strapping on skates and playing a game of ice hockey. The 61-year-old Putin played as his red team won the all-star game, held in Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Games. Putin’s Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko was…

Putin Calls Kerry A Liar On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al Qaeda was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war. Speaking to his human rights council, Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Kerry was asked about al Qaeda. Putin said he…

Vladimir Putin ‘Doesn’t Exclude’ Backing Military Force On Syria If Evidence Proves ‘Beyond Doubt’

Vladimir Putin ‘doesn’t exclude’ backing military force on Syria if evidence proves ‘beyond doubt’ Assad used chemical weapons Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said he would not rule out endorsing military action in Syria if it could be proven that Bashar al-Assad’s regime had used chemical weapons against its citizens. Though he “doesn’t exclude” the…

Russia Warns U.S. On Human Rights Law, Seeks To Limit Damage

The forthcoming publication of a list of Russians barred from the United States over alleged human rights abuses will severely strain relations, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Friday, but he also sought to limit the damage. “The appearance of any lists will doubtless have a very negative effect on bilateral Russian-American relations,” Putin’s spokesman…

Russian Tycoon Found Dead In UK Home

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, 67, was found dead at his home in England on Saturday. Police are treating his death as unexplained and investigating further. Berezovsky, who at one time held significant political clout, fled Russia after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP

Depardieu, In Tax Fight, Gets Russian Citizenship

Bad news if you want to be adopted by an American couple, Gerard. Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that actor Gerard Depardieu had been given Russian citizenship. The actor moved to Belgium in December to avoid paying France’s high tax rates, which almost went up to 75 percent for the country’s richest citizens. ITV

Putin Says He Will Sign Anti-US Adoptions Bill

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he ‘doesn’t see any reasons’ against a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children and that he ‘intends to sign it’ into law. The Russian parliament voted for the bill, which is part of a larger measure retaliating against a US law calling for sanctions against Russians deemed guilty of…