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Nov 27, 2011

Putin launches Kremlin bid with swipe at opponents

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling party’s nomination on Sunday to return to Russia’s presidency, while accusing foreigners of funding his political opponents in a reminder of the anti-Western rhetoric that characterized his years in power.

Putin, president from 2000-2008 and now prime minister, is expected to easily recapture the presidency in an election in March. But opinion polls indicate a parliamentary vote in a week could loosen his United Russia party’s domination of politics.

Nov 7, 2011

Russia warns against any military strike on Iran

MOSCOW/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russia and Iran warned the West against a military strike on the Islamic Republic on Monday, saying an attack targeting its nuclear program would lead to civilian casualties and create new threats to global security.

The separate remarks by foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Ali Akbar Salehi of Iran coincided with speculation about a potential Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites ahead of the release of a U.N. watchdog report expected to cast more light on suspected military aspects to Iran’s nuclear activity.

Oct 13, 2011

Genocide claims complicate Russian Olympics plans

CHERKESSK, Russia, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Muhammed Cherkesov
remembers his grandparents whispering about the Russian soldiers
who drove his forefathers at gunpoint from their mountain homes
down to the Black Sea coast in the mid-19th century.

The forced migration of the Muslim Circassians into the
lowlands in and around Sochi where they were deported beyond the
Russian Empire’s borders killed about a third of the population
through disease, starvation and exposure to the elements.

Oct 11, 2011

Analysis: Russia feeds arms addiction as soft power fails

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s failure to cultivate power on the global stage using trade and diplomacy is forcing it back into its costly Cold War addiction to missiles and guns.

While Western countries cut military spending to deal with the global financial crisis, Russia plans to spend 20 trillion roubles ($611 billion) on defense through 2020 — a figure even Vladimir Putin said he was “frightened” to speak aloud.

Oct 7, 2011

Russia says it will indict suspect in reporter’s murder

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian investigators said on Friday they would press charges against a man they accuse of arranging the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, five years to the day after the Kremlin critic’s death.

The announcement indicated authorities are eager to display progress toward solving a murder that blackened then-President Vladimir Putin’s reputation and underscored the dangers faced by

Oct 5, 2011

Russia says it has detained suspected Chinese spy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s security service said on Wednesday it had detained a suspected undercover Chinese spy late last year who was working to gain access to sensitive missile technology, Russian news agencies reported.

It was not clear why news of the detention was released only now, less than a week before Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits China as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Beijing.

Oct 3, 2011

Putin says Russia closely watching EU Gazprom raids

MOSCOW, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Russia’s Vladimir Putin said on
Monday Moscow was paying close attention to recent European
raids on Gazprom subsidiaries that have been linked to
concern in Brussels over the continent’s dependence on supplies
of Siberian natural gas.

Putin ordered the gas export monopoly to cooperate with
European authorities, who ordered searches on units in central
and eastern Europe last week as part of a probe into firms
involved in the supply, transmission and storage of natural gas.

Sep 24, 2011

Putin sets stage for return as Russian president

MOSCOW, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin has ended months of speculation by saying he will run for
president next March in an election that could open the way for
him to stay in power for 12 more years.

Putin’s announcement was greeted by a standing ovation on
Saturday at a congress of his ruling United Russia party, but it
alarmed critics who say his return to the presidency could
herald an era of political and economic stagnation.

Sep 23, 2011

Activists say Russian vote will not be democratic

MOSCOW, Sept 23 (Reuters) – A parliamentary election in
which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling party will seek to
retain its grip on power will fall short of democratic
standards, prominent Russian activists have said in a letter to
a European civil rights body.

In the letter, released on the eve of a meeting of Putin’s
United Russia party to plot strategy for the Dec. 4 vote,
activists accused the state of dismantling democratic elections
two decades after Russia shed Soviet-era single-party rule.

Sep 21, 2011

Russia eyes resorts to bring peace to North Caucasus

ARKHYZ, Russia (Reuters) – It’s not easy for Sanzhar Shamshiyev to imagine his native Russian mountains in the North Caucasus dotted with luxury ski resorts and foreign holidaymakers.

But the five state-of-the-art tourism complexes that Russia plans to build near his home may create jobs that would help stop Shamshiyev and others from fleeing the region to find work and cut support for an insurgency fueled by the region’s grinding poverty.

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