September 25, 2011 |
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Saturday what many had long suspected: that he will run for president in the spring in the expectation of extending his grip on Russian politics for an additional six years — and perhaps longer. The announcement at a congress of the ruling United Russia party ended months of speculation about maneuvering inside the Kremlin by Putin and his protege, Dmitry Medvedev, who became president in 2008 when Putin left the office because of term limits.
February 4, 2009 |
This is no grand reinvention, just a subtle aggregation of small, surprising gestures. Still, recent conciliatory signals from Moscow are enough to make analysts believe that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Russia, the cash-rich, oil-soaked country that railed against the West while shutting down political opposition at home, is groping for new footing under heavy fiscal pressure.
March 9, 2009 |
Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he believes that the U.S. will honor its agreement to build a missile defense base in his country, adding that scrapping the project to improve ties with Russia would be an unfriendly gesture toward Poland. President Obama has acknowledged that he sent a letter to Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev that said curtailing Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons would lessen the need for a U.S. missile defense system in East Europe, a project Moscow sharply opposes.
November 29, 2008 |
Russia's president met with ailing Fidel Castro in Havana, winding up a visit aimed at freshening relations with Cuba and raising Moscow's profile across Latin America. Dmitry Medvedev spent several hours with President Raul Castro before meeting with his 82-year-old brother. "Everything has gone very well," Cuba's Prensa Latina quoted Medvedev as saying just before he left. "We have defined what we are going to do next, we have cleared up everything regarding credits, and in Russia we will await President Raul Castro's visit."
March 9, 2008 |
President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Saturday that it could expect no easing of Russia's foreign policy under his protege, president-elect Dmitry Medvedev. At his first meeting with a foreign leader since his election, Medvedev told visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel he would seek continuity in foreign affairs. Putin, speaking to reporters at a joint news briefing with Merkel before the Medvedev meeting, dismissed Western hopes that his successor, to be sworn in as president in May, would strike a softer tone in foreign policy.
May 7, 2012 |
He's back: Vladimir Putin was inaugurated Monday to his third term as president of Russia. One thing about the Russians -- they like their strongmen. First the czars, then Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev and that lovable bear of a guy, Brezhnev. OK, so Mikhail Gorbachev fell short of true strongmanship, and likewise Boris Yeltsin. But the latter bequeathed us Putin, and the ex-KGB guy has proved more than capable at keeping himself in power. And how does he do it? Well, for one thing, he pays attention to the little things, as Times staffer Sergei L. Loiko described : The center of Moscow, which was rocked by clashes between the anti-Putin demonstrators and police the day before, was quiet Monday morning.