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May 6, 2013

Russian opposition seek to revive protests against Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian protestors unfurled a huge banner demanding the release of “political prisoners” on Monday, at the start of a day of protest against President Vladimir Putin intended to revive their flagging opposition movement.

The banner, declaring “Freedom for the May 6 prisoners!”, rippled over three floors at the top of a high-rise apartment block on Novy Arbat, one of Moscow’s busiest streets. It was quickly taken down and one man was arrested.

Apr 25, 2013

Putin says Boston shows need for security ties with U.S.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the Boston bombings proved his tough line against militants in the North Caucasus was right and showed Russia and the United States must step up cooperation on security.

After receiving almost 2 million questions from the Baltic Sea to Russia’s far east, Putin used his annual “hotline” call-in to present the image of a man still in control a year into his third term and not afraid of criticism at home and abroad.

Apr 25, 2013

Putin says Russia, US work on security after Boston bombs

MOSCOW, April 25 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said
on Thursday the Boston bombing proved his tough line on
insurgents in the North Caucasus was justified and that Russia
and the United States must step up cooperation on security.

After receiving almost 2 million questions from the Baltic
Sea to Russia’s far east, Putin used his annual “hotline”
dial-in to present the image of a man still in control a year
into his third term and not afraid of criticism at home and
abroad.

Apr 25, 2013

Russia’s Putin signals will not sack PM over economy

MOSCOW, April 25 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir
Putin played down differences with his government over economic
policy on Thursday and signalled he was not about to respond to
calls to dismiss his prime minister.

There has been speculation for months in the media and among
political analysts that Putin, back in the Kremlin since last
May, could make Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a scapegoat if
Russia’s economy continues to slide towards recession.

Apr 20, 2013

Boston bombings: a chance for U.S.-Russia cooperation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been tempted to tell Barack Obama “I told you so” when U.S. officials blamed two ethnic Chechens for the Boston Marathon bombings.

He has long said the United States underestimates the security threat posed by Islamist militants in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, and has rejected criticism that Moscow’s use of force in the region has been heavy-handed.

Apr 20, 2013

Boston suspect was under FBI surveillance, mother says

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of the two ethnic Chechens suspected by U.S. officials of being behind the Boston Marathon bombings had been under FBI surveillance for at least three years, his mother said.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told the English-language Russia Today state television station in a phone interview, a recording of which was obtained by Reuters, that she believed her sons were innocent and had been framed.

Apr 18, 2013

Police search offices of Russian PM’s pet project

MOSCOW, April 18 (Reuters) – Russian police on Thursday
searched the Moscow offices of the Skolkovo Foundation, a
hi-tech project promoted by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as an
answer to Silicon Valley.

The raid is likely to deepen speculation that Medvedev has
fallen out of favour with President Vladimir Putin, who
threatened this week to sack senior officials in a leaked video
widely seen as a warning to his long-time ally.

Apr 17, 2013

Russian PM Medvedev defends record after Putin warning

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev defended his government’s record in a combative speech
to parliament on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin
signalled he may be losing patience with his long-time ally.

There has been speculation for months in the media and among
political analysts that Putin, now 60, could make Medvedev a
scapegoat if Russia’s economy continues to decline.

Apr 15, 2013

Russian anti-Putin protest leader expects to be jailed

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny accused Vladimir Putin on Monday of orchestrating a trial against him on theft charges, and said he was sure he would be found guilty in a campaign to crush the opposition.

The 36-year-old anti-corruption blogger, who emerged as the president’s most powerful opponent during protests that began in December 2011, goes on trial in the city of Kirov on Wednesday on what he says are trumped-up charges.

Mar 22, 2013

Chinese leader bolsters Russian ties on first foreign trip

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of relations with Russia as a counterweight to U.S. influence by visiting Moscow on his first foreign trip as president, and secured more oil to fuel China’s growing economy.

Although relations between Moscow and Beijing have rarely been smooth, they have improved in the past decade and Xi highlighted this by signing energy, trade and political deals on Friday to strengthen ties between them.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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