June 25, 2013 |
MOSCOW--Edward Snowden is still in the transit zone of Moscow's international airport, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said Tuesday while strongly implying that Russia would not comply with U.S. requests to return him. “As a transit passenger he is still in the transit hall [of the airport]," Putin said at a news conference in neighboring Finland, where he was on an official visit. "Our special services have never worked with Mr. Snowden and they are not working [with him] today.
June 17, 2013 |
So, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Vladimir Putin swiped his Super Bowl ring in 2005, charging that the Russian president pocketed the ring after Kraft let him hold it during a visit to that country. Kraft was being honored at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala on Thursday when he told the audience the following story: "I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,' I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out. " Kraft's story went viral on the Internet, with many wondering why the Russian leader would want to steal the ring.
June 6, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his long-suffering wife, Lyudmila, are ending their nearly 30-year marriage, they announced on state television Thursday in a tone of mutual indifference. "We practically never saw each other," Putin told a reporter from the Rossiya 24 network as he and his soon-to-be-ex-wife departed a Kremlin ballet performance. "To each his own life. " Russia's first couple gave little explanation of why they chose to end the marriage now, other than the president's assertion that "it was our joint decision.
March 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Boris Berezovsky, 67, an exiled Russian ex-tycoon who played a key role in bringing Vladimir Putin to power, only to have a bitter falling out, has died in Britain, according to his family and Russian news reports. Berezovsky had claimed to be the subject of assassination attempts, and there were conflicting reports Saturday about the circumstances of his death. Rossiya 24, a Russian television news channel, reported that he was found dead in the bathroom of his London home.
January 3, 2013 |
Gerard Depardieu now has Russian citizenship, courtesy of President Vladimir Putin, who Thursday delivered on a promise made a couple of weeks ago. Russia's main state-run TV station broadcast an open letter reportedly from the "Green Card" star (via the BBC ), saying, "I filed a passport application and I am pleased that it was accepted. I love your country, Russia - its people, its history, its writers. I love your culture, your intelligence. " The actor is well-known in Putin's country.
December 27, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Thursday that he expects to sign a measure banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans, an act intended as retaliation for an anti-corruption law signed by President Obama this month. "There are probably many places in the world where the standard of living is higher than here," Putin said in televised remarks during a Kremlin meeting. "So what? Shall we send all our children there? Maybe we should all move there too, shouldn't we?"
December 20, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday that change was needed in Damascus, further distancing Moscow from Syrian President Bashar Assad in another sign that Assad's support may be fraying even among his few remaining allies. Putin made the comments as a United Nations panel concluded that Syria's raging conflict had become "overtly sectarian" and was drawing foreign fighters after almost two years of violence and tens of thousands of deaths. Putin said Russia would not back Assad, long a close ally, "at any price," and he used some of the Kremlin's strongest language to date indicating that Russia recognized that Assad's days were numbered.
December 12, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned high-level officials Wednesday by proposing restrictions on their ability to possess Western bank accounts and own real estate abroad. Putin, in his first state-of-the-union speech since returning to the presidency, focused largely on domestic issues, saying that fighting corruption is one of the key priorities of his third presidential term and that Russia should look for guidance in its own history. Putin said at a gathering of government ministers, lawmakers, regional governors and spiritual leaders in the Grand Kremlin Palace that he wanted their support in limiting the rights of bureaucrats and politicians to hold foreign bank accounts and stocks.
November 30, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda canceled a trip to Russia expected in mid-December, citing the health of famously tough Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials said Friday. Noda did not specify what health problem Putin might have, but Kremlin observers for months have speculated that the Russian president, an avid sportsman, was suffering from a serious back injury. The chatter began in September when guests and journalists at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok saw Putin limping.
November 16, 2012 |
Batting back criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the imprisonment of Pussy Riot band members, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Friday that one of the punk performers had “strung up the effigy of a Jew,” Russian state media reported. While attending a Moscow business forum, Merkel had raised concerns about the two-year sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” handed down to two band members after they staged a “punk prayer” against Putin in a Moscow cathedral.