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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

Controversial Russian law to control internet enters force

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The law, which President Vladimir Putin signed in May, requires Russian internet providers to install technical devices provided by the authorities to enable centralized control of traffic

File photo by AFP


Putin was 'conscientious and disciplined' spy – KGB documents

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The KGB profile is part of an exhibition at the Central Archive of Historical and Political Documents in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg

Vladimir Putin. AFP Photo

Ukraine, separatists begin troop pullback

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The long-awaited pullback is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, to be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany

PULLBACK. This picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service on October 14, 2019, shows President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region. File photo by STR/AFP

Russian ISIS women appeal to Putin to bring them home

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:29 PM

One woman says she fears she could be beaten up by other women in the camp who still support ISIS

Planned Putin Manila visit to further boost PH-Russia ties, says Malacañang

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:47 PM

There are no details yet about the planned visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Philippines, including when it will take place

DUTERTE AND PUTIN. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin before the start of their bilateral meeting in Da Nang City, Vietnam on on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders' Summit on November 10, 2017. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential photo

Russian forces head for Syrian-Turkish border in blow to Kurds

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian defense ministry says a convoy of Russian military police had crossed the Euphrates River and 'advanced towards the Syrian-Turkish border'

AT THE BORDER. Members of the Russian military police patrol in the the northeastern Syrian city of Kobane on October 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria border

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) The agreement cements Russia and Turkey's roles as the main foreign players in Syria

DEAL. 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 invites Erdogan to Russia amid Syria offensive – Kremlin

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Putin invited Erdogan 'for a working visit in the coming days. The invitation was accepted,' Putin's office says in a statement on October 15

PUTIN AND ERDOGAN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin talks investments and space in Abu Dhabi

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Deals worth more than $1.3 billion, notably in the energy, advanced technology and health sectors, were tabled during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund

PUTIN IN UAE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) is received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, during an official welcoming in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit follows attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Moscow ally Tehran

PUTIN IN SAUDI ARABIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), Saudi Brigadier General Yussef Saleh al-Salim (2nd L), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Greta Thunberg mocks Putin's 'kind girl' jibes on Twitter

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The 16-year-old changes her Twitter biography to say 'A kind but poorly informed teenager' after Russian President Vladimir Putin described her in these terms at a Moscow forum this week

Duterte trumpets 'remarkable progress' of PH-Russia ties in Putin meeting

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte told President Putin the remarkable progress of Philippines-Russia relations after he sought the rebalancing of traditional partnerships and the deepening of relations with non-traditional partners,' says Malacañang

PH-RUSSIA TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo