Putin: Stop blaming China for COVID-19

Russia and China have common interests in many fields, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday during his annual press conference. "Concerning China, we have overlapping interests in many areas," Putin said, adding that these mutual interests have contributed to Russia's positive relations with China. Commenting on ties with leaders of other countries, Putin said … Continue reading Putin: Stop blaming China for COVID-19

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Russia investigating another suspected case of toxic poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny fell into a coma after he collapsed in an aeroplane toilet on Thursday, prompting his allies to suspect poisoning. If true, he would not be the first prominent, outspoken Russian to be the target of a toxic attack. Here are some other people who have criticised the Kremlin and then … Continue reading Russia investigating another suspected case of toxic poisoning

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Russian interference in global politics is the “new normal”

A long-awaited report published Tuesday on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for its slow response to Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum. The authors said it was “astonishing” that no one sought to protect democratic process in the United Kingdom, the Associated Press (AP) reports. While the report from the parliament's … Continue reading Russian interference in global politics is the “new normal”

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Putin approves law to amend the Russian constitution

Russians will decide about the approved amendments in a plebiscite to be held on April 22. Russia's President Vladimir Putin Saturday signed the law on constitutional amendments that could allow him to run for reelection in 2024. This legal instrument specifies the requirements to be met by the President, members of the Government and Parliament, and other positions related to … Continue reading Putin approves law to amend the Russian constitution

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Putin’s constitutional ammendment proposal criticised as a ploy to rule for life

Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently wants to be a president for life. Media reports confirm that Putin has submitted to Parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. Putin first presented the proposed changes in his state-of-the-nation address … Continue reading Putin’s constitutional ammendment proposal criticised as a ploy to rule for life

Should Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin’s president-for-life ambitions worry the West?

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in … Continue reading Should Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin’s president-for-life ambitions worry the West?

Russia proud of its hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles

Russia deployed its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles on Friday, the Defense Ministry said, a move which President Vladimir Putin has boasted puts his country in a class of its own. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed Putin of the deployment, according to a ministry statement that did not disclose where the missiles were … Continue reading Russia proud of its hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles

10 major scandals plaguing Donald Trump’s administration

Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, and member's of Trump's family are all implicated in the Russia scandal. There is overwhelming evidence that Trump’s campaign accepted help from Russia in the 2016 election. Many high level members of Trump’s presidential campaign have already been investigated, indicted and convicted of crimes in the Russia investigation. This is such … Continue reading 10 major scandals plaguing Donald Trump’s administration

Russia confirms date for Kim-Putin Summit

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he'll have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Trump. But it's not entirely clear how much Putin can or will oblige, the AP notes. … Continue reading Russia confirms date for Kim-Putin Summit

New law says you have no rights to insult Vladimir Putin online

Vladimir Putin has signed bills banning what the state calls "fake news," although the Russian president's critics see the legislation as a thinly disguised crackdown on real news—and criticism of the authorities. The new laws introduce punishments for anybody who "exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of … Continue reading New law says you have no rights to insult Vladimir Putin online