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Feb 6, 2012

Putin tells VTB to pay for share buyback

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday told state-controlled VTB Bank
to use its own money to buy back shares from small
investors who lost money following the bank’s 2007 stock market
listing, which could cost 15-18 billion roubles.

Putin, who is running for president next month, had told VTB
last week to buy back the shares from investors who lost out
after they bought stock in 2007 at the initial public offering
price of 13.6 kopecks.

Feb 1, 2012

Putin concedes runoff possible, warns of instability

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin acknowledged on Wednesday he might not win in a March presidential election in the first round, and said Russia could face political instability as a result.

Putin, who is facing the biggest opposition protests of his 12-year rule, remains the strongest candidate and looks set to win a six-year presidential term.

Jan 31, 2012

Russia govt to determine grain export cap Feb 2

MOSCOW/TAMBOV, Russia, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Russia’s
government will determine on Thursday how much grain can be
exported during this crop year before it considers imposing a
protective duty to keep grain in the country, Deputy Prime
Minister Viktor Zubkov told Reuters.

“The day after tomorrow I will hold a meeting. We will
decide and I will give some signals,” Zubkov said in response to
a question about the level of export which could trigger the

Jan 24, 2012

Putin pledges billions for Russia coal sector boost

KEMEROVO, Russia Jan 24 (Reuters) – Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin, standing for election in a March
presidential poll, pledged $8 billion in development aid for the
coal industry during a visit to a major mining region, a hotbed
of political protest in the past.

He said Russia will spend 252 billion roubles ($8.17
billion) on coal industry development by 2030 as part of an
overall 3.7 trillion rouble investment programme that will be
driven by the private sector.

Jan 23, 2012

Putin warns ethnic tensions risk tearing Russia apart

MOSCOW/KISLOVODSK, Russia (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, warning ethnic tensions could tear Russia apart, said on Monday he would toughen migration rules and keep a tight rein on Russia’s regions to prevent it following the Soviet Union into oblivion.

In a newspaper article and an address in southern Russia, Putin used the danger of ethnic discord to call for limits on electoral reforms.

Jan 18, 2012

Russia’s Putin attacks pro-opposition radio over insults

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Vladimir
Putin accused Russia’s main opposition radio station of
insulting him and serving the interests of foreign powers in a
public dressing down of the editor-in-chief on Wednesday.

The attack may signal that the prime minister, all but
certain to return as president after a vote March despite
streets protests against his 12-year rule, has grown impatient
with media criticism and could move to curb opposition outlets.

Jan 18, 2012

Putin aide says Kremlin must face up to protests

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Kremlin must accept
that the biggest protests of Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule have
changed Russian politics for good, dooming to failure any
attempt to use force against the discontented, one of Putin’s
senior advisers said on Wednesday.

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, the most
influential liberal in Putin’s cabinet, said the elite should
not be afraid of the thousands of urban voters who have
protested against a disputed Dec. 4 parliamentary election.

Jan 16, 2012

Russia’s Putin promises change, warns of new crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin said he would not plunge Russia into stagnation in a third presidential term but offered stability for what he warned would be a long and painful period of global turbulence.

Putin, who ruled Russia since 2000 as both president and prime minister, looks set to win the March election but is facing a growing wave of public discontent after a contested parliamentary vote last month.

Jan 13, 2012

Russian protest organisers snub Putin award ceremony

MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Several leaders of recent
anti-government protests in Moscow snubbed a media award
ceremony on Friday with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose
spokesman said they had missed their chance for dialogue by not
turning up.

Putin, who faced the biggest protests of his 12-year rule
less than two months before he is expected to return to the
Kremlin in presidential polls, angered the opposition by
comparing rally participants to chattering monkeys.

Jan 12, 2012

Calls for Putin to resign flood campaign website

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Calls for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign and drop his presidential bid flooded his campaign website within minutes of its launch on Thursday, prompting administrators to limit public access.

Putin’s spokesman and campaign official Dmitry Peskov said the website fell victim to a hacker attack in its early hours and some of the anti-Putin messages were spam. He denied that any messages were blacklisted for political reasons.