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Sep 1, 2013

Analysis – Russia’s Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Less than three months after Vladimir Putin was cast as a pariah over Syria at the last big meeting of world leaders, the Russian president has glimpsed a chance to turn the tables on Barack Obama.

The U.S. president’s dilemma over a military response to an alleged poison gas attack in Syria means Obama is the one who is under more pressure going into a G20 summit in St Petersburg on Thursday and Friday.

Sep 1, 2013

Russia’s Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Less than three months after Vladimir Putin was cast as a pariah over Syria at the last big meeting of world leaders, the Russian president has glimpsed a chance to turn the tables on Barack Obama.

The U.S. president’s dilemma over a military response to an alleged poison gas attack in Syria means Obama is the one who is under more pressure going into a G20 summit in St Petersburg on Thursday and Friday.

Sep 1, 2013

Analysis: Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Less than three months after Vladimir Putin was cast as a pariah over Syria at the last big meeting of world leaders, the Russian president has glimpsed a chance to turn the tables on Barack Obama.

The U.S. president’s dilemma over a military response to an alleged poison gas attack in Syria means Obama is the one who is under more pressure going into a G20 summit in St Petersburg on Thursday and Friday.

Aug 30, 2013

Russian escalates dispute with Belarus after CEO’s arrest

MOSCOW, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Russia banned pork imports from
Belarus on Friday, stepping up a diplomatic and trade war over
the arrest of a Russian businessman and threatening to deepen
the isolation of its former Soviet ally.

Russia is one of Belarus’ few diplomatic backers after 19
years of authoritarian rule by President Alexander Lukashenko
but has responded furiously to the arrest this week of Vladislav
Baumgertner, head of Russian potash company Uralkali.

Aug 29, 2013

Russia sends warships to Mediterranean as Syria tension rises

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sending two warships to the east Mediterranean, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, but Moscow denied this meant it was beefing up its naval force there as Western powers prepare for military action against Syria.

Interfax quoted a source in the armed forces’ general staff as saying Russia, Syria’s most powerful ally, was deploying a missile cruiser from the Black Sea Fleet and a large anti-submarine ship from the Northern Fleet in the “coming days”.

Aug 22, 2013

World champion Isinbayeva wants to quit poor Russian hometown for Monaco

MOSCOW, Aug 22 (Reuters) – A week after swelling national pride by winning the world pole vault title and defending Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, Yelena Isinbayeva wants to leave her run-down hometown for wealthy Monaco.

In comments that might upset many Russians and President Vladimir Putin, who is trying to whip up patriotism to rally support after protests, the athlete said her long-revered home city of Volgograd was now impoverished and in decline.

Aug 8, 2013

In wishing Bush well, Putin has message for Obama

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram on Thursday to his old sparring partner, former U.S. President George W. Bush, wishing him a quick recovery from heart surgery.

It may have been coincidence that the Kremlin released details of the telegram a day after Barack Obama pulled out of a planned summit with Putin, but little is left to chance in Russian politics.

Aug 2, 2013

Russia gives Snowden asylum, Obama-Putin summit in doubt

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia rejected U.S. pleas and granted American fugitive Edward Snowden a year’s asylum on Thursday, letting the former spy agency contractor slip out of a Moscow airport after more than five weeks in limbo while angering the United States and putting in doubt a planned summit between the two nations’ presidents.

The United States wanted Russia to send Snowden home to face criminal charges including espionage for disclosing in June secret American internet and telephone surveillance programs. The White House signaled that President Barack Obama may boycott a September summit with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Aug 1, 2013

Fugitive Snowden slips out of Moscow airport for ‘secure’ base

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area.

A Russian lawyer who has been assisting Snowden said the American, who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of secret government intelligence programs, had gone to a secure location which would remain secret.

Jul 20, 2013

Navalny embodies generation of rebellious Russians

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In a battle against President Vladimir Putin that has moved from the streets of Moscow to a courtroom, Alexei Navalny has emerged as the figurehead of a new generation of Russian opposition.

The 37-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who was handed a five-year jail sentence for theft on Thursday then freed on bail on Friday, was one of the first protest leaders arrested when demonstrations against Putin took off in December 2011.

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