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Mar 9, 2012

FBI looking at Murdoch operations in Russia

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, March 9 (Reuters) – An FBI
investigation into possible criminal violations by Rupert
Murdoch’s News Corp of a U.S. law banning bribery of
foreign officials has expanded to include an examination of the
activities of former company holdings in Russia, according to a
source close to the investigation.

As part of their inquiry, the FBI will seek to consult with
Russian authorities, the source said.

Mar 4, 2012

Russia’s Putin seeks convincing Kremlin return

MOSCOW, Russia, March 4 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin
sought a convincing victory in Russia’s presidential election on
Sunday to strengthen his hand in dealing with the biggest
opposition protests since he rose to power 12 years ago.

Listing alleged irregularities online, opponents said the
voting was marred by fraud and skewed to help the former KGB spy
return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister, and
vowed to step up protests after the election.

Mar 4, 2012

Russia’s Putin seeks convincing Kremlin return

MOSCOW, Russia, March 4 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin
sought a convincing victory in Russia’s presidential election on
Sunday to strengthen his hand in dealing with the biggest
opposition protests since he rose to power 12 years ago.

Listing alleged irregularities online, opponents said the
voting was marred by fraud and skewed to help the former KGB spy
return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister, and
vowed to step up protests after the election.

Mar 2, 2012

Miracle or not, Putin on course to win in Russia

TIKHVIN, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin followed in the footsteps of Russia’s tsars when he interrupted his presidential election campaign to seek the blessing of the Virgin of Tikhvin, a Byzantine icon which believers say works miracles.

Legend has it that all the tsars except one sought the Virgin’s blessing before ascending the throne. The one who did not, Nicholas II, turned out to be the last, killed by revolutionaries in 1918.

Mar 2, 2012

Putin says no crackdown on protesters after vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Vladimir Putin promised he would not crack down on Russia’s burgeoning opposition movement following his likely election as president on Sunday, but rejected protesters’ calls for early parliamentary polls.

Tens of thousands of people have turned out for protests in Moscow and other cities since a disputed parliamentary vote in December – the biggest protests of Putin’s 12-year rule.

Feb 29, 2012

Putin says foes plan dirty tricks to tarnish Russian vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin said his enemies were planning dirty tricks including ballot stuffing and even murder to tarnish Russia’s presidential election that the former KGB spy is almost certain to win.

Prime Minister Putin’s aides hope a big win in Sunday’s vote will take the sting out of an urban protest movement that casts him as an authoritarian leader who rules through a corrupt and tightly controlled political system.

Feb 29, 2012

Putin aims to open offshore oil, gas to non-state firms

MOSCOW, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin, who is all but certain to become president after
an election on March 4, said the country should allow non-state
companies access to lucrative Arctic offshore oil and gas
deposits.

“We made a decision (some time ago) that only
state-controlled companies may work offshore in the Northern
seas. This, to my mind, constrains production development,” he
told a meeting with activists in his election campaign.

Feb 27, 2012

Assassination bid on Putin foiled, Ukraine says

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian and Ukrainian security services have foiled a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin after next week’s presidential election, Ukraine’s SBU counter-intelligence agency said on Monday.

Russian pro-government Channel One television said Ukrainian special services in the Black Sea port of Odessa had held two men linked to a group seeking an Islamist state in Russia’s North Caucasus.

Feb 21, 2012

Putin woos police with wage promises ahead of poll

BARNAUL, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s Vladimir Putin sought to bolster his authority ahead of a March presidential election on Tuesday by promising hefty pay rises for police in Moscow where opposition activists are gearing up for more protests demanding political change.

Putin, now prime minister, is all but certain to win a six-year term in the March 4 vote but a wave of demonstrations since December has prompted him to shore up support among crucial interest groups including his powerful security apparatus.

Feb 20, 2012

Putin, before poll, says Russia needs stronger army

KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin inspected one of Russia’s new stealth
fighter jets on Monday and said Russia needs a stronger military
to protect it against foreign attempts to stoke conflict around
its borders.

Less than two weeks before a presidential election in which
he hopes for a resounding win, Putin visited Komsomolsk-on-Amur,
a snow-swept city in Russia’s Far East where military and
civilian planemaker Sukhoi is a big employer.