Vladimir Putin

Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

Ride like Putin: 7-ton armored luxury limo on show in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — If you want to ride like Vlad — Russian President Vladimir Putin, that is — this may be the limo for you. At the Geneva auto show, Russian automaker Aurus has trotted out a hulky, luxurious Senat Limousine L700 with lines vaguely reminiscent of a Rolls-Royce. It’s the European debut of a … Continue reading Ride like Putin: 7-ton armored luxury limo on show in Geneva

New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state. The bill introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols and government organs. Repeat offenders could face a 15-day jail sentence. The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, approved the … Continue reading New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

Putin urges stronger protection of Russian military secrets

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin urged Russia’s top domestic security agency on Wednesday to tighten its protection of information related to new weapons and other sensitive data. In a speech to top officials of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, Putin said foreign spies have intensified their efforts to … Continue reading Putin urges stronger protection of Russian military secrets

Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has told colleagues he hopes his sudden resignation will reinforce the position of his country’s diplomats. Mohammad Javad Zarif‘s comments Tuesday come after his surprise resignation the night before. The state-run IRNA news agency said he told colleagues his resignation would aid in “restoring the ministry to its … Continue reading Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

US investor’s firm appeals to Putin over jailing

MOSCOW (AP) — The firm managed by jailed U.S. investor Michael Calvey appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to take “personal control” of a fraud case against him and his colleagues. Calvey and five colleagues were arrested this month on allegations of embezzlement involving a Russian bank where Calvey’s firm, Baring Vostok, has … Continue reading US investor’s firm appeals to Putin over jailing

JERUSALEM | Jewish leader: Netanyahu election move concerns US Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s alliance with an ultranationalist political party has raised significant concerns among U.S. Jews, a top leader in the Jewish American community said Sunday. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the alliance is “very disturbing” to many American Jews. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Jewish leader: Netanyahu election move concerns US Jews

MOSCOW | Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people have marched in central Moscow to commemorate Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was killed four years ago. Nemtsov was shot on Feb. 27, 2015 as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin. The killing was a harsh blow to Russians opposed to President Vladimir Putin, depriving them … Continue reading MOSCOW | Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader

MOSCOW | US embassy urges Russia to allow visit to jailed US investor

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States Embassy in Moscow has called on Russian authorities to allow its staff to visit a U.S. investment fund manager who has been jailed pending a fraud investigation. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at the Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained last week and jailed for two months pending … Continue reading MOSCOW | US embassy urges Russia to allow visit to jailed US investor

MOSCOW | Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. While the Russian leader didn’t say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech

MOSCOW | Putin gets to fire cannon at Russian Christmas

MOSCOW — Jan 07, 2019—For Christmas, Vladimir Putin got to do something that many children dream of: fire a really big gun. Under the Russian Orthodox liturgical calendar, Christmas is observed on Jan. 7. During a visit to his hometown of St. Petersburg on Monday, the Russian president visited the Petropavlovsky Fortress on the banks … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin gets to fire cannon at Russian Christmas

MOSCOW | Vladimir Putin’s annual calendars come out, reaction mixed

MOSCOW — What will it be this year? Vladimir Putin without a shirt astride a horse? Putin posing for a selfie with two jubilant brides? Or Putin cuddled up with a baby leopard? This year, Russians have been given a full range of choice in newly-published annual calendars featuring the Russian leader. Some were delighted, … Continue reading MOSCOW | Vladimir Putin’s annual calendars come out, reaction mixed

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. | At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to “America First” on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight … Continue reading BRIDGEWATER, N.J. | At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

MOSCOW | Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel’s offer to share detailed information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria that triggered fire by Syrian forces which downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard Monday night. Russia’s Defense Ministry … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

MOSCOW | Putin: Demilitarized zone for Syria’s Idlib to be created

MOSCOW  — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces. The zone will be established by Oct. 15 and be 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) deep, with … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin: Demilitarized zone for Syria’s Idlib to be created

BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a “bloodbath” in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib. He said a full-scale battle … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia | Putin treats China’s leader to pancakes, vodka at forum

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia— Russian President Vladimir Putin has treated Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russian pancakes in a show of warm personal ties between the two leaders. The two leaders ate pancakes with caviar and had shots of vodka at an exhibition at the sidelines of an economic forum in the far eastern port of Vladivostok. … Continue reading VLADIVOSTOK, Russia | Putin treats China’s leader to pancakes, vodka at forum

MOSCOW | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gets month in jail

MOSCOW  — A Moscow court sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday to a month in jail for an unsanctioned protest, a move that puts President Vladimir Putin‘s most prominent political rival behind bars and not in the streets for the next nationwide anti-government protest. Navalny’s arrest Saturday outside his home came as a … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gets month in jail

ISTANBUL | In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

ISTANBUL — Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey’s president may be engaged in a balancing act, turning to Russia as ties with the United States further deteriorate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have met at least … Continue reading ISTANBUL | In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

Political News: Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Impose New Sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to impose new sanctions against Russia for its nerve agent attack on two individuals in England earlier this year: “The Kremlin continues to export the brutal tactics … Continue reading Political News: Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Impose New Sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON | US imposing new Russia sanctions over chemical attack

WASHINGTON  — The United States says it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year. The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, come despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to improve relations with Russia … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US imposing new Russia sanctions over chemical attack

MOSCOW | US senator presents letter from Trump for Putin

MOSCOW  — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader’s spokesman said Wednesday. Paul, who defended Trump in the wake of his summit with Putin last month in Helsinki, has been visiting Russia with a delegation for several days. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, … Continue reading MOSCOW | US senator presents letter from Trump for Putin

BEIRUT | Russia: Iran-backed forces withdraw from Golan frontier

BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s envoy to Syria said Wednesday that an agreement with Israel that includes Russian guarantees ensures that Iran-backed fighters will remain more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Syria’s frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Alexander Lavrentyev told the Russian Interfax news agency the agreement was reached in order … Continue reading BEIRUT | Russia: Iran-backed forces withdraw from Golan frontier

LONDON  | Russian secret-spilling site “Dossier” steps into spotlight

LONDON  — Over the past three months, a handful of highly placed Russians have discovered their secrets seeping onto the web. It happened to a Russian Interior Ministry official whose emails were published online in April. And it happened again this month, when details about a former Kremlin chief of staff’s American energy investment were … Continue reading LONDON  | Russian secret-spilling site “Dossier” steps into spotlight

WASHINGTON  | Lawmakers struggling to develop a response to Trump-Putin

WASHINGTON  — Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Donald Trump’s approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. But it remains uncertain if any of their efforts will yield results. Lawmakers are struggling … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Lawmakers struggling to develop a response to Trump-Putin

WASHINGTON | Trump says he would ‘certainly meet’ with Iran’s Rouhani

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he’d “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing. Speaking during a joint news conference with Italy’s premier, Trump said he would meet with the Iranians “anytime they want to.” “I’ll meet with anybody,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says he would ‘certainly meet’ with Iran’s Rouhani

WASHINGTON | The Latest: McConnell dismisses talk of government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 5 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has no plans to shut down the government over President Donald Trump’s push for border wall funds. Instead, the GOP leader says the Senate would be finishing up a package of budget bills this week … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: McConnell dismisses talk of government shutdown