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Jan 12, 2012

Putin ally fears Israel is pushing U.S. toward Iran war

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia fears Israel will push the United States into a military conflict with Iran which could retaliate by blocking oil shipments from the Gulf, a confidant of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

“There is a likelihood of military escalation of the conflict, towards which Israel is pushing the Americans,” Nikolai Patrushev, who heads the Kremlin’s Security Council, told Interfax news agency.

Dec 30, 2011

Russia launches graft probe into oil pipeline firm

MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The government of Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin, hoping to win a return to the Russian
presidency in March, on Friday launched a probe into the oil
pipeline monopoly Transneft in a bid to counter accusations that
it has been soft on fight corruption.

Putin’s deputy Igor Sechin, who oversees the energy sector,
told Putin a number of executives had been sacked and said an
enquiry would examine allegations of corruption among Transneft
managers.

Dec 28, 2011

Putin says ready for talks with Russian opposition

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin softened his tone towards the protesters who have staged the biggest political rallies of his 12-year rule, saying on Wednesday he was ready for dialogue with Russia’s opposition but was at a loss for a leader to hold talks with.

Tens of thousands gathered in central Moscow on Saturday to protest against election results that gave Putin’s United Russia party a majority in the lower house of parliament, or Duma. International monitors said the vote was marred by violations.

Dec 27, 2011

Putin says Russian protesters seeking to sow chaos

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that mass protests against his 12-year rule were being stoked by a hollow collection of leaderless opposition groups who wanted to sow chaos in Russia.

In his first comments since Saturday’s protest, Russia’s prime minister said it was impossible to annul the December 4 parliamentary election – the opposition’s key demand – but promised the March presidential vote, in which he is running, would be transparent.

Dec 22, 2011

Putin has modest income, documents show

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin earns only $140,000 a year and owns just one home, a small apartment in his home town, an official income statement showed on Thursday.

Putin’s wealth has long been the focus of speculation by opponents who portray Russia’s paramount leader as one of the richest men in the world, allegations he has dismissed.

Dec 22, 2011

Russia’s Putin has modest income, documents show

MOSCOW, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin earns only $140,000 a year and owns just one
home, a small apartment in his home town, an official income
statement showed on Thursday.

Putin’s wealth has long been the focus of speculation by
opponents who portray Russia’s paramount leader as one of the
richest men in the world, allegations he has dismissed.

Dec 22, 2011

Russia’s Medvedev vows political reform after protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for comprehensive reform of Russia’s political system, trying to appease protesters who have staged the biggest demonstrations since Vladimir Putin rose to power 12 years ago.

In his last state of the nation address to both houses of parliament as president, Medvedev said he wanted to restore the election of governors who until now have been directly appointed by a Kremlin keen to keep a tight grip on power.

Dec 21, 2011

Putin pledges pro-growth tax reform, stable rouble

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for sweeping tax reforms to boost investment-led growth, while pledging to keep the rouble stable without imposing any capital controls.

Putin, seeking to return to the Kremlin at a presidential election next March, said he would seek to restore growth rates to the boom-era levels of the past decade while weaning Russia off its dependency on the price of its main export, oil.

Dec 20, 2011

Putin says no cuts in North Caucasus funding

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia would not reduce funding for the impoverished and volatile North Caucasus region despite criticism from the opposition and a rising wave of nationalism in the rest of the country.

Putin, campaigning to support his flagging popularity ratings ahead of March 2012 presidential election, made a surprise visit to Chechnya where Russia fought two wars with separatist rebels.

Dec 20, 2011

Jeered in Moscow, Putin seen as hero in province

KYZYL, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin, faced with mass protests in large cities, has received a hero’s welcome in the remote Russian region of Tyva where he campaigned to mobilize his core supporters ahead of the presidential election in March 2012.

Tens of thousands of people have protested this month in Moscow and other cities against alleged fraud in the December 4 parliamentary election. Many directed their anger at Putin, who has ruled Russia since 2000.