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May 8, 2013

Russia’s Putin ousts former grey cardinal, blow to PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov, once one of Russia’s most influential men and the creator of Vladimir Putin’s tightly controlled political system, was ousted on Wednesday in a power struggle between Kremlin and government.

The Kremlin said President Putin had accepted the resignation of the man who for a decade wielded immense power as the grey cardinal behind the scenes under the former KGB spy but later moved over to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s camp.

May 8, 2013

Russia’s Putin forces out former grey cardinal in blow to Medvedev

MOSCOW, May 8 (Reuters) – Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav
Surkov, once one of Russia’s most influential men, was relieved
of his duties on Wednesday in a power struggle between the
Kremlin and government, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev.

The Kremlin said in a statement that President Vladimir
Putin had accepted Surkov’s resignation, one day after the
former KGB spy reprimanded the government for failing to carry
out many of his orders and decrees.

May 7, 2013

Russian media magnate Lebedev goes on trial

MOSCOW, May 7 (Reuters) – Russian media magnate Alexander
Lebedev said as he went on trial on Tuesday that he expected to
be jailed over a televised punch-up which he says is a pretext
to punish him for criticising the Kremlin.

Lebedev, wearing a dark suit and white sneakers with black
laces, spent only a few minutes in court before the trial was
adjourned until May 20 after Sergei Polonsky, the man he is
accused of punching, failed to show up.

May 6, 2013

Russian media magnate Lebedev sees trial as Putin’s revenge

MOSCOW, May 7 (Reuters) – Russian media magnate Alexander
Lebedev goes on trial on Tuesday in a case he portrays as
President Vladimir Putin’s revenge for criticising the Kremlin
and a warning to other rich businessmen.

The financial backer of Britain’s Independent and London
Evening Standard newspapers faces up to five years in jail if he
is convicted on charges of hooliganism and political hatred over
a televised punch-up in 2011.

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.

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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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