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Russian investigators search homes of Kremlin critics

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The latest searches of members of the opposition come after Vladimir Putin, who has been in power for two decades, this month oversaw a controversial vote that allows him to extend his hold on power until 2036

A detained supporter of Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and aide to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, looks out from inside a police bus in central Moscow on July 7, 2020. A high-profile Russian journalist who became an advisor to the head of the space agency was detained on July 7, 2020 on charges of treason for divulging state military secrets, authorities said. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

Putin triumphant as critics slam vote extending his rule

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities claim that only the autonomous Nenets region in the Russian Arctic came out against the reforms, with 55.25% of voters opposing the changes

'TRIUMPH.' This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attending the Commonwealth of Independent States leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. File photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Russian voters back reforms allowing Putin to stay until 2036

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny slams the results as a 'huge lie' that did not reflect real public opinion

EXTENDED RULE? In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin urges Russians to vote for security, prosperity

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:15 PM

President Vladimir Putin says Russians should vote for the country 'we want to pass on to our children' but makes no mention of a controversial amendment that would allow him to potentially stay in power until 2036

VOTE. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. File photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Russians cast early votes in ballot to extend Putin's rule

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Election officials open polling stations in the lead-up to the official voting day on July 1 to reduce the risk of overcrowding that could spread coronavirus infections

Russia stages grand WWII parade ahead of vote on Putin reforms

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The parade is held despite a ban on mass gatherings remaining in place. Russia has the third largest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.

75TH ANNIVERSARY. This handout picture provided by Host photo agency shows military vehicles moving through Red Square during a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Moscow on June 24, 2020. AFP PHOTO/Host photo agency/Evgeny Biyatov

Russia to hike taxes on high earners after coronavirus

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says extra revenues from higher taxes starting 2021 would be used for 'treating children with severe rare diseases'

LOCKDOWN. A woman walks on a deserted street past the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery in downtown Moscow on April 16, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Putin accuses West of 'insulting' Russia over WWII legacy

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Putin has blamed the Western powers and Poland in particular for World War II, pointing to various treaties signed with Nazi Germany before the conflict began in 1939

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the situation with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in Russia, via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2020. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Putin says Russia dealing better with virus than U.S.

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Putin also criticizes anti-racism protests in the United States for sparking crowd violence, in his first comments on the issue

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin condemns 'mayhem and rioting' at U.S. anti-racism protests

Jun 14, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says 'if this fight for natural rights, legal rights, turns into mayhem and rioting, I see nothing good for the country'

SOURED RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin says 'majority' back plan to change Russian constitution

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Russia readies for a vote on a constitution overhaul that could give President Vladimir Putin the option to run for two more terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The accident is the second largest in modern Russian history in terms of volume, World Wildlife Fund expert Alexei Knizhnikov says

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

Anti-gay video backing Putin reforms causes stir

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:41 AM

This latest video is reminiscent of another clip released in 2018 urging Russians to re-elect Putin or live in a 'nightmare' future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men

Russia unveils $72-billion virus recovery plan

Jun 03, 2020 - 1:05 AM

Aimed at boosting employment, incomes, and economic growth, the Russian government's plan 'contains over 500 measures'

A woman wears a protective face mask as she rides a bike along the Moskva river embankment in central Moscow on May 10, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Russia in talks with world leaders to attend June WWII parade

May 28, 2020 - 9:13 PM

'This will be coordinated with each country individually,' says Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russia virus peak 'passed,' Putin orders WWII parade in June

May 26, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'According to experts, the peak can be considered passed,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russia expecting sharp rise in May deaths due to virus

May 23, 2020 - 9:21 AM

The expected rise in deaths comes after officials say that the coronavirus situation is gradually becoming less acute

People wearing face masks ride an escalator at Savyolovskaya metro station on the first day of mandatory use of masks and gloves on Moscow public transport, in Moscow on May 12, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Putin lifts Russia's stay-at-home orders as cases soar

May 12, 2020 - 12:35 AM

Despite virus figures that suggest the pandemic in Russia shows no sign of slowing, President Vladimir Putin announces that the country's 'non-working' period to slow the pandemic will end on Tuesday, May 12

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A woman wears a protective face mask as she rides a bike along the Moskva river embankment in central Moscow on May 10, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Photo by YuriKadobnov/AFP

Putin, Xi slam attempts to blame China for late coronavirus response

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Xinhua reports that Putin had called 'attempts by some people to smear China' over the virus 'unacceptable'

ALLIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Putin warns Russia to prepare for 'extraordinary' virus crisis

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:58 PM

In a video conference with officials on Monday, Putin says the next weeks would be 'decisive' for Russia's fight against the virus as the situation 'is changing practically every day, and unfortunately not for the better'

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the situation with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in Russia, via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2020. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

Putin working remotely after meeting infected doctor

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:11 PM

'We are taking all precautionary measures,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, adding that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is at the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow

HANDSHAKE. A picture taken on March 24, 2020, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shaking hands with the head of Moscow's new hospital treating coronavirus (COVID-19) patients Denis Protsenko during his visit to Kommunarka hospital in Moscow. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Russia's top coronavirus doctor who met Putin tests positive

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov swiftly tells Russian news agencies that President Vladimir Putin takes regular tests and there is no reason to worry about his health

HANDSHAKE. A picture taken on March 24, 2020, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shaking hands with the head of Moscow's new hospital treating coronavirus (COVID-19) patients Denis Protsenko during his visit to Kommunarka hospital in Moscow. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Putin delays reforms vote, holds back on tough virus measures

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:51 PM

President Vladimir Putin unveils a series of measures to support Russians and boost the economy

ADDRESS TO NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

FALSE: Putin 'releases 800 tigers and 500 lions' to keep people at home

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:50 AM

The photos used were taken in 2016 and 2019 respectively, both in South Africa

Coronavirus, falling oil hit Putin hopes for economic revival

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revive the economy, but now faces a double whammy

PUTIN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Russian court backs Putin presidential 'reset' plan

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The court upholds a wide-ranging package of reforms first proposed by President Vladimir Putin in January and approved last week by Russia's two houses of parliament

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/SPUTNIK/AFP

U.S. drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The case is against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin signs Russia's constitutional reform law

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The reforms will be sent to the Russian Constitutional Court which has a week to rule on whether to approve the law

A protester holding a placard reading "no to lifelong dictatorship!" demonstrates against the nullification of presidential term of Russian President in front of the State Duma in downtown Moscow on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Putin lays out path to staying in power

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Vladimir Putin says Russia needs evolutionary change, 'because we have had enough of revolutions' while suggesting that Russia may not yet be ready for a new leader

POWER. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Rare calm in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire deal

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and AFP correspondents in Idlib province say the truce that came into force at midnight appears to be holding

SUFFER THE CHILD. A wounded Syrian child sits at a makeshift clinic in the town of Maaret Misrin following Syrian government forces airstrikes on March 5, 2020 in the country's northwestern Idlib province. Photo by Aref Tammawi/AFP

Putin, Erdogan agree to ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'The object is to avoid the humanitarian crisis getting worse,' Erdogan says, though he adds that Turkey reserves the right to 'retaliate with all its strength against any attack' by Damascus

SHAKE ON IT. Russian President Vladimir Putin(R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

Putin proposes to enshrine God, heterosexual marriage in Russian constitution

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Most Russians identify as Orthodox Christians, but Russia is officially a secular state

AMENDMENTS. File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP photo

Turkey says pursuing military operation against Syrian regime

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Though Turkey has reported striking targets in Syria since dozens of its troops were killed there, it is the first confirmation of a full and continuing operation

SIEGE. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Bakr Alakasem/AFP

Russian opposition to protest Putin's 'leader-for-life' reforms

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The rally also marks 5 years since the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov

PROTEST. In this file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow on September 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Turkey-Russia tensions soar after deadly Syria strike

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear keen to scale down the tensions, expressing 'serious concern' about the situation in their telephone talks

World leaders in Israel to recall horrors of Auschwitz

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The presidents of Russia, France and Germany, US Vice President Mike Pence and Britain's Prince Charles are set to address the somber event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem

GUEST. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Putin sends political plan to MPs in quick-fire Russia reform push

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Putin of wanting to remain 'leader for life'

CHANGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Putin's new PM promises 'real changes' for Russians

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Mikhail Mishustin says his priority would be to 'increase citizens' real incomes' but also said the government must 'restore trust' with the business community and drive innovation

MIKHAIL MISHUSTIN. Mikhail Mishustin, President Vladimir Putin's nominee for the post of prime minister, speaks to lawmakers during a session of the State Duma lower parliament in Moscow on January 16, 2020. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russian parliament to review Putin PM pick after shock overhaul

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:00 PM

This follows the shock resignation of the government in the wake of Putin's call for reforms to reshape Russia's political system

PUTIN'S PICK. Russia's Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with Russian President in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Putin picks little-known tax chief for prime minister

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:47 AM

Mikhail Mishustin will replace Dmitry Medvedev after the latter's surprise resignation following Putin's unveiling of a package of constitutional reforms

PUTIN'S CHOICE. Russia's Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Russian government resigns after Putin announces reforms

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In a meeting with the President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the reforms would make significant changes to Russia's balance of power, and so 'the government in its current form has resigned'

MEDVEDEV AND PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP

Putin proposes referendum on boosting parliament's powers

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Putin announces the proposed package of reforms in his annual address to lawmakers, saying the public's representatives needed to play a stronger role in governing

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/ Sputnik/AFP

Polish PM condemns Putin for WWII 'lies'

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin for blaming Poland for the outbreak of World War II, saying Moscow was lying to deflect attention from recent failures

Vladimir Putin drops cryptic hint on 2024 exit in press marathon

Dec 20, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have dropped a major hint about not running again in 2024

Putin says Trump impeachment based on 'made-up grounds'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Putin describes the events in the US legislature as 'simply the continuation of a internal political fight' between Democrats and Republicans

'MADE-UP.' Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the grounds for impeaching US President Donald Trump "made-up."

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:38 PM

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky

TALKS. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Ukraine president meets frontline troops ahead of Putin talks

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris on Monday for the summit, with French and German leaders mediating, in a bid to revive efforts to end Europe's only active war

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with servicemen while visiting the Donetsk region on December 6, 2019. Photo by Evgeniya Maksymova/AFP

Russia makes local apps mandatory on smartphones

Dec 03, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The legislation, which will take effect in July 2020, is aimed at promoting Russian-made software. But it has been dubbed the 'anti-Apple' law because it would force the US tech giant to pre-install non-Apple software on its products.

Putin, Xi launch 'historic' Russian gas pipeline to China

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hail the 'Power of Siberia' pipeline as a symbol of cooperation

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony inaugurating the "Power of Siberia" pipeline via a video link in Sochi on December 2, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Russia gives ships back to Ukraine ahead of summit

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:31 AM

After an exchange of prisoners in September and the withdrawal of some frontline forces over the last few weeks, the handover marks another step in trying to resolve the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine

SUMMIT. File photo of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP