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Apr 28, 2015

Russians seethe over Western snub of war anniversary parade

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of Boris Lisitsyn’s happiest memories is of being swept by a huge, joyous crowd through the streets of Moscow and onto Red Square in spontaneous celebrations when World War Two ended in Europe.

He was too young to fight but, like most Russians, sees the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 as one of his nation’s great achievements, albeit as part of the Soviet Union.

Apr 16, 2015

Putin defiant over economy, Ukraine in annual phone-in

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted “vassals” rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine.

For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on problems ranging from Iran’s disputed nuclear programme and the conflict in east Ukraine to the price of milk and the state of roads.

Apr 16, 2015

Defiant Putin sees return to growth in Russia in 2 years

MOSCOW, April 16 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said
on Thursday Russia’s economy could return to growth in less than
two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended
to “contain” his country.

In a confident performance during a televised call-in show,
Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that
Russia will survive an economic crisis deepened by the sanctions
and low oil prices, and will always stand up to the West.

Apr 16, 2015

Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under two years

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia’s economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon.

In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin acknowledged that there were difficulties for Russia’s economy, which has been hit by a fall in global oil prices as well as the sanctions.

Apr 7, 2015

Russians honor slain opposition figure 40 days on

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several hundred Russians paid tribute to opposition figure Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday by lighting candles and laying flowers on the bridge near the Kremlin where he was shot dead 40 days ago.

A few drivers answered opposition leaders’ calls to sound their horns at 11 a.m. while the mourners stood in silence, marking a Russian Orthodox tradition of honoring people 40 days after they die. Some wiped away tears.

Mar 18, 2015

Russian treaty with rebel Georgian region alarms West

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia’s rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea.

Tbilisi described the “alliance and integration” treaty as a “move aimed at annexation” and the United States and European Union said they would not recognize the agreement, which the EU depicted as a threat to regional security and stability.

Mar 17, 2015

Russia rules out handing back Crimea, expands war games

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia ruled out handing Crimea back to Ukraine on Tuesday and a Defense Ministry official said nuclear-capable long-range bombers were being sent to the Black Sea peninsula as part of war games.

The huge military exercises, in which the Northern Fleet was put on full alert on Monday and will range from the Arctic to the Black Sea, appear to be a show of force and defiance on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.

Mar 1, 2015

Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia’s future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

Thousands of people laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on a bridge near the Kremlin where the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister was shot dead late on Friday.

Feb 28, 2015

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday.

Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River with a Ukrainian woman who was unhurt.

Feb 23, 2015

Putin surveys the map as he ponders next move on Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In Russia, Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as the saviour of the nation. In Europe and the United States he has come to be seen as a threat to the new world order.

What the Russian president does next in Ukraine is key to the country’s future, as well as that of Europe and his own.

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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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