Category Archives: Putin

What Changes Is Putin Planning for Russia’s Constitution?

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced several constitutional amendments in the closing minutes of his annual state of the nation address Wednesday. While Putin said the package of amendments should be put to a nationwide vote, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that vote does not entail a referendum. The national vote on Putin’s package of constitutional amendments is expected to be

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Putin's New Plan to Hold Power Forever

Russia’s real constitution is in Putin’s head. That’s where the missing details will come from, too. In his state of the nation address on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a sweeping constitutional reform that would give him several options to retain power after 2024, when his term ends. The announcement led to the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s government, showing that a

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Ksenia Puntus, Russian Vogue model, fighting for her life after falling naked from window

A Russian Vogue model is fighting for her life after she plummeted naked out of a third-floor window from her boyfriend’s Moscow pad, according to a report. Ksenia Puntus, 21, suffered head and chest injuries so severe that she hasn’t been able to help police investigating the fall Saturday from her boyfriend Andrei Bakov’s apartment, The Sun reported. The stunner —

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Polish leaders urge Holocaust forum to condemn Putin over collaboration claim

23:15, 03 January 2020 Putin said last week that Poland had taken “the first step towards genocide” by entering into an agreement with Hitler and joining the partition of Czechoslovakia in 1938, and called the then-Polish ambassador to Germany, Jozef Lipski, “an antisemitic pig.” Polish President Andrzej Duda wants participants in the January conference at Israel’s Yad Vashem to condemn

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The Future of Putin’s Information Autocracy

By Sergey Guriyev The Kremlin will be forced to dedicate a growing share of resources to silencing the informed. From Hitler to Stalin, and from Mussolini to Mao, the world’s twentieth-century dictators took to heart Niccolò Machiavelli’s famous dictum that “it is better to be feared than loved.” Yet most modern dictators seem more concerned about maintaining their people’s loyalty

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Russia confirms it will appeal 4-year Olympic ban

MOSCOW — Russia has confirmed that it will appeal against its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Next year’s Olympics in Tokyo

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Russia’s Putin Accuses Poland of Collusion with Hitler

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Poland of waging World War II and supporting Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler during a speech at an expanded meeting of the Russian Defence Ministry Board and at a meeting with the leadership of the State Duma.  This is reported by the Russian newspaper Kommersant. At the Defence Ministry Board meeting, Putin commented on

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Russia closes Kerch Strait for four days over "temporary works"

The move is allegedly related with Putin’s visit to open a railway service with annexed Crimea. Russia’s Transport Ministry has closed navigation across the Kerch Strait for four days over “temporary works.” “Between 00:00 December 21, 2019, to 23:59 December 24, 2019, vessels are not recommended to enter the water area of the Crimean bridge over temporary works,” the ministry

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Human rights activist: 88 political prisoners still behind bars in Russia-occupied Crimea

23:59, 21 December 2019 Twelve people were released, but 40 new were arrested in 2019. Head of the Crimean human rights group Olha Skrypnyk says that 88 political prisoners are still behind bars in Russia-occupied Crimea. “The situation has not improved. Now 88 people are in jail in Crimean cases,” she told Hromadske Radio on  December 21. In 2019, twelve

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Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Quotes

We watched all four hours so you don’t have to. President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year press conference on Thursday, answering questions from state media and independent journalists on an array of topics related to Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Here are the highlights from the marathon presser that lasted four hours and 19 minutes: On constitutional term limits

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