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Jul 2, 2012

At 84, grandmother of Russian rights movement battles on

MOSCOW (Reuters) – It took Lyudmila Alexeyeva just over four years to come to the conclusion that Vladimir Putin wants Russia to be more like the Soviet Union.

When the grandmother of Russia’s human rights movement first met Putin in November 2002, she was impressed by his humility and willingness to listen to activists like herself after less than three years as president.

Jun 22, 2012

Russia’s Putin: Who does he want to be in new term?

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has travelled halfway round the world to show who is in charge of Russia since his return to the presidency last month. The trouble is, no one is sure who he is trying to be.

On Monday, the world saw a prickly, tough and uncompromising Putin grimace his way through a frosty meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama that revived memories of Cold War diplomacy. The body language was reminiscent of the old Putin.

Jun 21, 2012

Russia’s Putin wants new economy, warns on protests

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) – Russian President
Vladimir Putin sought to reassure investors on Thursday that he
is committed to building a “new economy” through liberal reforms
and privatisation, and said he would not let protests against
his rule spill over into civil unrest.

But in his first big speech to investors since his return to
the Kremlin in May, Putin offered nothing new and not everyone
was convinced he will do any more to carry out promises of
economic and political reforms in his new six-year term than in
his last 12 years as Russia’s paramount leader.

Jun 21, 2012

Russia’s Putin vows reforms, warns on protests

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) – President
Vladimir Putin sought to reassure foreign investors on Thursday
that Russia was committed to liberal reforms and privatisation
and signalled to opponents that he would not allow protests to
develop into civil unrest.

Addressing concerns that his return to the presidency after
four years will stymie liberal reforms, Putin told an investment
forum in St Petersburg that he would tackle corruption and try
to reduce Russia’s reliance on energy exports.

Jun 15, 2012

England’s young guns come good for Hodgson

KIEV (Reuters) – Coach Roy Hodgson celebrated the emergence of a new generation of players after his young forwards led England to a 3-2 victory over Sweden in Euro 2012 Group D on Friday.

Andy Carroll, 23, opened the scoring with a powerful header and second-half substitute Theo Walcott, also 23, scored the equalizer before making the pass for 21-year-old Danny Welbeck to score with what Hodgson described as a pirouette in front of goal.

Jun 15, 2012

Soccer-Euro-England’s young guns come good for Hodgson

KIEV, June 16 (Reuters) – Coach Roy Hodgson celebrated the
emergence of a new generation of players after his young
forwards led England to a 3-2 victory over Sweden in Euro 2012
Group D on Friday.

Andy Carroll, 23, opened the scoring with a powerful header
and second-half substitute Theo Walcott, also 23, scored the
equaliser before making the pass for 21-year-old Danny Welbeck
to score with what Hodgson described as a pirouette in front of
goal.

Jun 14, 2012

Spain’s Torres sparkles as Irish eliminated

KIEV (Reuters) – Fernando Torres scored twice on his return to the starting lineup as stylish Spain thrashed Ireland 4-0 on Thursday to go top of Group C with Croatia and end Irish hopes at Euro 2012.

Croatia had earlier come back to earn a 1-1 draw with Italy which left the Italians in danger of an early exit after Mario Mandzukic’s 72nd minute strike cancelled out Andrea Pirlo’s curling free-kick from 25 meters in the 39th.

Jun 14, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Spain’s Torres sparkles as Irish eliminated

KIEV, June 14 (Reuters) – Fernando Torres scored twice on
his return to the starting lineup as stylish Spain thrashed
Ireland 4-0 on Thursday to go top of Group C with Croatia and
end Irish hopes at Euro 2012.

Croatia had earlier come back to earn a 1-1 draw with Italy
which left the Italians in danger of an early exit after Mario
Mandzukic’s 72nd minute strike cancelled out Andrea Pirlo’s
curling free-kick from 25 metres in the 39th.

Jun 14, 2012

Croatia hold Italy, Spain select Torres

KIEV (Reuters) – Mario Mandzukic scored his third goal of Euro 2012 on Thursday to earn Croatia a 1-1 draw against Italy that put his team in the driving seat in Group C and left the Italians without a win.

Mandzukic thumped the ball in from close range in the 72nd minute after Andrea Pirlo became the first player to score directly from a free kick at the European Championship since 2004 when he curled the ball in from 25 metres after 39 minutes.

Jun 14, 2012

Polish minister talks tough, Russia to appeal

KIEV (Reuters) – Poland’s sports minister called on Thursday for tougher sentences for hooligans who attacked Russian fans at Euro 2012 and Russia said it would appeal against the threat of sanctions following earlier crowd trouble.

Champions Spain were back in action and looking for a big improvement against Ireland (1845) on a pitch in Gdansk which they criticised as too wet after their 1-1 draw with Italy, a match they began without a striker.

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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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