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Mar 16, 2012

Russian “smear” documentary provokes protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A pro-Kremlin documentary alleging Russians were paid to attend the biggest protests against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule provoked an angry response from the opposition on Friday and the promise of more demonstrations over the weekend.

The opposition said it would stage a rally outside Moscow’s Ostankino television broadcast tower on Sunday to protest against the video aired on Thursday on the television station NTV, which is controlled by state-owned gas behemoth Gazprom.

Mar 15, 2012

Less than half Russians trust Putin vote result, poll shows

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Less than half of all Russians trust the official results of the election in which Vladimir Putin won a return to the presidency for a six-year term, a state-controlled polling agency said on Thursday.

International monitors have said the election was slanted in favor of Putin, who is now prime minister, and opponents have refused to recognize the results, which gave him more than 63 percent of the vote.

Mar 13, 2012

Aluminium giant RUSAL’s chairman quits, cites “deep crisis”

HONG KONG/MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) – Russian
billionaire Viktor Vekselberg quit on Tuesday as chairman of the
world’s largest aluminium producer, UC RUSAL, saying
the heavily indebted company was in deep crisis after a long
battle with fellow oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

The resignation tightens Deripaska’s grip on RUSAL but the
company faces a struggle to recover because of a fall in global
aluminium prices and its large debt, acquired a stake in Norilsk
Nickel, the world’s largest nickel and palladium
miner.

Mar 10, 2012

Smaller crowds challenge Putin after Russia poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of people chanting “Time for change” challenged Vladimir Putin’s presidential election victory on Saturday but far fewer turned out to protest against the Russian leader than in previous weeks.

People who demonstrated in bright sunshine in central Moscow waved flags, balloons and banners and wore white ribbons, the symbol of protests that began three months ago. Echoing chants from previous rallies, they shouted “Russia without Putin”.

Mar 5, 2012

Russia detains protesters calling for Putin to go

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained at least 100 people at protests calling on Vladimir Putin to resign after a presidential election they say was unfairly skewed in his favor.

Putin says he won a fair and open contest, but thousands of protesters chanted “Russia without Putin” at Moscow’s Pushkin Square, the scene of dissident protests during Soviet times.

Mar 5, 2012

Russia’s election “carousel” – a tale of alleged fraud

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A few days before Russia’s presidential election, Sergei Smirnov received a phone call from a man who called himself Mikhail and told him the terms of the deal: you will vote for Vladimir Putin four times and receive 2,000 roubles in return.

The sum was promised to dozens of other young men and women who met on Sunday outside a popular fast food joint on the southwest fringe of Moscow, waiting to be taken to various polling stations in the province that rings the capital.

Mar 4, 2012

Voting fraud allegations mar Putin’s presidential win

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A few days before Russia’s presidential election, Sergei Smirnov received a phone call from a man who called himself Mikhail and told him the terms of the deal: you will vote for Vladimir Putin four times and receive 2,000 roubles ($70) in return.

The sum was promised to dozens of other young men and women who met on Sunday outside a popular fast food joint on the southwest fringe of Moscow, waiting to be taken to various polling stations in the province that rings the capital.

Mar 2, 2012

Communist Kremlin hopeful looks to a new generation

NOVOMOSKOVSK, Russia (Reuters) – A flashy campaign advertisement sets the scene after Russia’s presidential election: Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov steps out of a black Mercedes in front of the Kremlin, the seat of power since Soviet times.

After three failed attempts to win the presidency, the perennial loser of Russian politics is trying to convince the country once again to vote him into the top office in Sunday’s election.

Feb 26, 2012

Anti-Putin protesters form human chain in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of Russians joined hands to form a human chain around Moscow city centre on Sunday in protest against Vladimir Putin’s likely return as president in an election next week.

The protesters stood side by side around the wide 16-km (10-mile) Moscow Garden Ring Road in gently falling snow, many of them wearing the white ribbons that symbolize the biggest opposition protests since Putin rose to power 12 years ago.

Feb 21, 2012

Russia boosts arms sales to Syria despite world pressure

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia faces a growing international outcry over its arms sales to Syria but shows no sign of bowing to pressure and has even increased deliveries of arms that critics say are helping keep President Bashar al-Assad in power.

The biggest importer of arms to Syria, Russia sold Damascus nearly $1 billion worth of arms including missile systems last year, while shipments of hard-to-track Russian small weapons have risen since the uprising against Assad started, government defectors say.

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