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Xi, Putin 'bromance' becomes security bond

Oct 16, 2016

Xi, Putin 'bromance' becomes security bond

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, likely had more than vodka shots and gifts of ice cream to show for their warming relationship after their planned meeting this weekend on the sidelines of a developing nations’ summit in India. Recent ...

Putin struggles to kick-start Russia's flagging economy

Aug 4, 2016

Putin struggles to kick-start Russia's flagging economy

Vladimir Putin’s economy has been shrinking for 18 months but he still doesn’t have a plan to get it going again. After focusing almost exclusively on foreign policy since early 2014, the need to get the economy back into gear is forcing the Russian ...

Putin gives Russian voters what they want in Snowden move

| Aug 2, 2013

Putin gives Russian voters what they want in Snowden move

Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing his gamesmanship on a global stage by giving his voters what they want with the asylum granted to ex-U.S. contractor Edward Snowden while leaving the White House flustered. The decision is backed by almost twice as many Russians ...