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Top Putin critic shot dead

Top Putin critic shot dead

President Vladimir Putin yesterday vowed to bring the "vile" killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov to justice as Western leaders and Russia's opposition roundly condemned the drive-by shooting near the Kremlin walls. Putin, who earlier blamed the assassination on foes trying to discredit the Kremlin, said in a message to Nemtsov's mother: "Everything will...

Russia won't bow to West's pressure

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will never yield to any external pressure as a top Nato commander warned that West's ongoing tension with the former Cold War foe can turn into an all-out conflict. In a reception to mark the upcoming Defender of the Fatherland Day, Putin shared his confidence in Russia's military to protect the country from outside threats, Xinhua reported yesterday. The Defender of the Fatherland Day is a national holiday celebrated on February 23 in honour...

US warns Putin ahead of peace talks

US warns Putin ahead of peace talks

US President Barack Obama has warned President Vladimir Putin that Russia will face greater costs if it continues its "aggressive actions" in Ukraine. Obama urged his Russian counterpart to seize the opportunity of fresh talks to find a peaceful solution to the war that has raged since April last year. Putin is due to meet...

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Putin's winning streak

Putin's winning streak

SINCE Russia invaded Crimea last summer, the West has relied on a strategy of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to withdraw its support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine. But Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent series of diplomatic successes – in particular, with Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan –...

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Smarting and isolated due to international sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Germany's biggest newspaper today published details of the Kremlin plot in which Putin seeks to hold sway over a continent currently aligned against him, reports express.com. German intelligence sources claim the country's only mildly-eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being wooed by...

'Don't mess with nuclear Russia'

'Don't mess with nuclear Russia'

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of...

Was Putin the target?

Was Putin the target?

Russia's state-controlled television yesterday wheeled out conspiracy theories to explain the Malaysian air crash including one holding that it was a bungled attempt to down President Vladimir Putin's presidential jet. After Putin said that Ukraine was responsible for the crash, Russian state television focused on several theories that pinned the blame accordingly. "The aim could...

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle LatAm ties

President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua Friday after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West. Putin's six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries -- an agenda that neatly aligns with his push for a multipolar world at a time when the Ukraine crisis...

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Putin's geo-strategy backfires

RUSSIAN history entered a critical phase on Friday with Ukraine concluding the long-delayed trade agreement with Europe. In a mark of profound symbolism, the former Soviet satellite has reinforced its equation with the European Union, pending full membership. Profound no less will be the impact on international power-play; Kiev under President Petro Poroshenko, the confectionery magnate, has dealt a defiant blow to the Kremlin which has consistently opposed the pact. A former satellite has challenged the seat of authority...

Of godfathers and illusions

Of godfathers and illusions

PUTIN, the current Godfather in Russia has annexed Crimea, and by pointing guns at Ukraine has addressed the world in a fevered tone, speaking of a delusional alternative universe, wreaking of Dostoyevsky's Demons, and has managed to appeal to ethnic solidarity, just what Adolph Hitler had done during the Anschluss and the Sudeten...

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