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Putin Signs New Russian Military Doctrine

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday. ...

Putin Accuses West Of Trying To Sideline Russia In Major Speech

AP | LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursda...

Putin Says He Won't Be Russia's President For Life

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 202...

The British Embassy In Ukraine Trolls Russia On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

The latest foreign office to engage in the increasingly popular sport of Twitter-trolling the Kremlin is Britain's embassy in Ukraine, which on Wednes...

'No Putin -- No Russia'

Georgy Bovt | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Georgy Bovt

Russia's ruling class, taking its cue from the president, has completely shifted into a world of its own, replete with a separate set of ideas, values and principles. And the problem is not whether the Russian or Western world is more "correct," but that the two sides have conclusively formed separate camps, unable to understand and unwilling to even listen to each other.

Putin Orders Troops Away From Ukraine Border

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, acc...

Vladimir Putin Is Hercules -- At Least In This New Art Exhibit For His Birthday

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

If, for some reason, you have ever wondered what Russian President Vladimir Putin might look like as Hercules, then the art world has finally provided...

Putin's Latest Iron Curtain Call -- Ukraine

Dr. Richard Chasdi | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Dr. Richard Chasdi

We need to hold the line against Vladimir Putin's drive to reassert Russian hegemony in Ukraine, but it is necessary to understand the political and historical context behind his actions to provide the perspective needed as U.S. foreign policy alternatives are crafted.

Ukraine's President Pledges To Give The Country's East More Autonomy

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-R...

Putin Compares Kiev To Nazis, Boasts Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

* Russia proposes "corridor" for encircled Kiev troops * "Best not to mess with us," says defiant Putin * EU ministers d...

Finland Suspects Russia Of Violating Its Airspace

AP | Posted 10.28.2014 | World

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such inc...

Being Pro-West Doesn't Mean Being Anti-Russian

Pyotr Romanov | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Pyotr Romanov

Although rhetoric on both sides can create the impression that Russia is either for or against the West, we should remember that Russia has often walked a middle line. Its unique view of the world is a direct consequence of its history, and not one that should be reduced to the strident positions of either the Europhiles or the Slavophiles.

Understand Putin by Understanding What Scares Him Most: Democracy

Vladislav Inozemtsev | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Vladislav Inozemtsev

Putin's professional career was twice overturned by the democratic process, and consequently he sees it as his greatest threat.

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Ivan Sukhov

The most frightening possible result of sanctions is that the West could nail shut the "window to Europe" that Russia has been laboring hard to develop ever since Peter the Great first built it at tremendous cost in the early 18th century.

Former Russian Finance Minister Fears Putin Is Isolating The Country

ITAR-TASS | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

MOSCOW, July 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Some forces in Russia are interested in the country's isolation but the Russian business wants to invest in global marke...

Putin Vows To Strengthen Russia's Capabilities To Counter NATO

Reuters | Posted 09.21.2014 | World

MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a ful...

Putin Speaks Out Against New U.S. Sanctions

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral ...

Putin Wants Cash Up Front Before Shipping Gas To Ukraine

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has ratcheted up pressure on Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin saying in a letter released Thursday that it only will deli...

What is Putin's Secret Weapon?

Roger Myerson | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Roger Myerson

Surely Putin has long understood, better than anyone else, how a few calls and promises from the Kremlin could readily recruit many of these local leaders in eastern Ukraine to win their cooperation in organizing local residents for pro-Russian demonstrations. To an unappreciated provincial councilor who has gotten words of assurance that he or she would be warmly welcomed into Putin's party of power, the idea of secession from Ukraine into Russia could become quite appealing. No bags of cash would be needed.

How The U.S. Made Its Putin Problem Worse

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terror...

Putin Finally Admits: Russian Soldiers In Crimea

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his...

Putin: Impossible For Europe To Stop Buying Russian Gas

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its relia...

Know Your Rival: Ukraine, Russia, and the Art of Politics

Ryan Evans | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ryan Evans

Putin's seizure of Crimea is illegal, unjust, and appalling. But I understand that Russia views NATO as a hostile alliance -- one that was founded with the purpose of containing and fighting the Soviet Union -- that has extended into Russia's immediate neighborhood.

Putin's Actions Could Break Up Russia, Not Unify It

Strobe Talbott | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Strobe Talbott

When he was Russia's President, Boris Yeltsin held the line on the status quo: There would be no territorial adjustments to align the political map with the ethnographic one or to correct historical anomalies. In effect, Yeltsin made what became the borders of an independent, post-Soviet Russia a red line that neither he nor his successors should ever cross. If Putin forcibly separates Crimea from Ukraine and reunifies it with Russia, thus negating Yeltsin's decision and commitment, he will be following the Milosević example -- but with possible consequences that could jeopardize the territorial integrity of Russia itself.

Putin Pursues 'Eurasian Union' Dream Through Dominating Neighbors

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.06.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — As a counterweight to the European Union, Russia's Vladimir Putin is pursuing an ambitious dream rooted in memories of Soviet glory: T...