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Dec 20, 2012

Putin says Russian economy is performing well

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday a U.S. law that punishes Russians who abuse human rights was poisoning ties with Washington but signaled support for a retaliatory ban on Americans adopting Russian children.

In comments broadcast live to the nation, Putin, 60, also laughed off speculation that he was in bad health and said Russia’s economy was in good shape.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia eyes Syria evacuation as rebels take Damascus district

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea in case it needs to evacuate its citizens trapped by the civil war in Syria, a naval source was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Their departure points to growing concern in Moscow, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about rebel advances on the Syrian capital Damascus and suggests Russia is pressing ahead quickly with evacuation preparations announced by a diplomat last week.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia sends ships for possible Syria evacuation -agency

MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Russia has sent warships to the
Mediterranean Sea in case it needs to evacuate its citizens
trapped by the civil war in Syria, a naval source was quoted as
saying on Tuesday.

Their departure points to growing concern in Moscow, a
staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about rebel
advances on the Syrian capital Damascus and suggests Russia is
pressing ahead quickly with evacuation preparations announced by
a diplomat last week.

Dec 14, 2012

Russia investigates Putin critic before new protest

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia has announced a new
criminal investigation against protest leader Alexei Navalny for
suspected fraud and money laundering, increasing pressure on the
opposition before a rally against President Vladimir Putin on
Saturday.

Investigators said on Friday Navalny, an anti-corruption
blogger who has been a leader of the biggest demonstrations
against Putin since he won power, and his brother Oleg were
suspected of cheating a mail transport company out of 55 million
roubles ($1.79 million).

Dec 7, 2012

Russian PM talks Father Christmas, aliens and “jerks”

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Father Christmas, aliens,
President Vladimir Putin’s lateness and “jerks” – Russia’s prime
minister gave the nation his views on more than he intended on
Friday.

Dmitry Medvedev let his guard down after an interview with
five Russian television stations when he failed to realise the
cameras were still rolling.

Dec 7, 2012

Russian PM defends tough laws, stands behind Putin

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev on Friday defended new laws which opponents say will be
used to stifle dissent, underlining his allegiance to President
Vladimir Putin after talk of a rift.

In a live interview with five Russian television stations,
Medvedev appeared determined to show he is in step with Putin
and to silence rumours that the more hawkish president could
sack him as premier.

Dec 4, 2012

No Russian revolution after a year of protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Artyom Kolpakov has learnt not to hope for too much after an exhilarating but ultimately frustrating year of protests against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Seething with anger over suspected fraud in a parliamentary election, the 39-year-old businessman ignored his wife’s pleas to stay at home on Dec 5 last year and joined a rally in Moscow’s Chistiye Prudy area where people chanted “Revolution!”

Nov 27, 2012

Belarus cbank rejects IMF advice to raise rates

MINSK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Belarus’s central bank is unlikely
to raise its key rate in December, bank governor Nadezhda
Yermakova said on Tuesday, despite a call for urgent tightening
from the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF urged the former Soviet republic last month to start
raising interest rates immediately, and avoid overstimulating
its economy, to keep a lid on inflation and maintain stability
after a crisis last year which led to a 65-percent rouble
devaluation.

Nov 27, 2012

Putin injured spine in judo bout: Belarus president

MINSK (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.

“I know he has this problem. He loves judo. He lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine,” Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 27, 2012

Putin injured spine in judo bout – Belarus leader

MINSK (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.

“I know he has this problem. He loves judo. He lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine,” Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko told Reuters in an interview.

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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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