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Dec 15, 2011

Putin: On the pulse or out of touch with Russia?

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin told the nation he was practicing ice hockey during the biggest protests of his 12-year rule and mistook the white ribbons worn by protesters for condoms.

In an annual call-in show, the Russian prime minister reached for a familiar mix of reassuring rhetoric, crude humor and verbal assaults against Washington and the West to please a crowd of millions watching live on state television.

Dec 15, 2011

Putin won’t quit as PM to run for Kremlin: spokesman

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin will not step down as prime minister when he is campaigning for Russia’s presidency, his spokesman said on Thursday, dismissing reports he might become acting president to help secure re-election to the Kremlin.

Financial markets have been abuzz with talk that Putin might launch a re-run of his initial rise to the presidency in 1999, when ailing President Boris Yeltsin resigned on New Year’s Eve and Putin took over as acting president.

Dec 14, 2011

Russia’s Putin likely to end silence on protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin will portray himself in a marathon television phone-in as a man in touch with his country despite nationwide weekend protests and, according to a close aide, he will not skirt difficult questions.

“Taking into account the busy agenda, the past election and future election, this phone-in will be special,” Putin spokesman and deputy chief of staff Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Dec 13, 2011

Russian tycoon eyes paper to back election bid

By Gleb Bryanski

(Reuters) – Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who hopes to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a presidential election next March, is exploring a bid for the influential daily Kommersant to back up his campaign.

A source at Onexim, Prokhorov’s investment fund, told Reuters that Onexim was in the early stages of negotiations to buy the Kommersant publishing house from tycoon Alisher Usmanov.

Dec 9, 2011

Russia’s middle class: a growing problem for Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Sergey Romanchuk has had a stellar career. At 37, he heads the currency dealing department at a top commercial bank in Moscow and drives a Jaguar.

Romanchuk has found success and wealth under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. But now he wants him out and is joining the ranks of protesters who say a parliamentary election on Dec 4 was rigged to favor Putin’s United Russia party.

Dec 8, 2011

Putin says U.S. stoked Russian protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of stirring up protests against his 12-year rule and said foreign countries were spending hundreds of millions of dollars to influence Russian elections.

In his first public remarks about daily demonstrations over allegations that Sunday’s election was slanted to favour his ruling party, Putin said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had encouraged “mercenary” Kremlin foes by criticizing the vote.

Dec 6, 2011

Russia’s Putin faces new protest

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition leaders defied the Russian authorities on Tuesday by organising a second mass protest in two days against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule, despite warnings of a police crackdown and the jailing of one of the organisers.

Using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they summoned supporters to a rally in Moscow, one day after up to 5,000 people protested in the capital over alleged vote-rigging in Sunday’s election and demanded an end to Putin’s rule.

Dec 6, 2011

Putin promises changes, faces protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin responded to an election setback and protests by promising on Tuesday to reshuffle the government next year but his spokesman warned the opposition that any unsanctioned rallies would be stopped.

Under pressure after his party won only a slim majority in parliament on Sunday and the opposition staged its biggest protest in Moscow for years, Putin said the government had to do more to respect the people’s demands for modernization.

Dec 6, 2011

Russia’s Putin promises changes, faces protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin responded to an election setback and protests by promising on Tuesday to reshuffle the government next year but his spokesman warned the opposition that any unsanctioned rallies would be stopped.

Under pressure after his party won only a slim majority in parliament on Sunday and the opposition staged its biggest protest in Moscow for years, Putin said the government had to do more to respect the people’s demands for modernisation.

Dec 2, 2011

Russia’s Putin: don’t make politics a circus

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged voters and politicians on Friday to unite behind the government and prevent Russian politics turning into a “circus” after Sunday’s parliamentary election.

Talking to a shipyard worker on the factory floor in St Petersburg, Putin echoed remarks by President Dmitry Medvedev calling for a strong parliament that amounted to an appeal for a big mandate for his and Putin’s United Russia.