In Russia, speculation swirls over Putin absence

Mar 13, 2015

In Russia, speculation swirls over Putin absence

Speculation is swirling in Russia about the state of Vladimir Putin’s health, as an unusual spell outside the public eye fuels the rumor mill. On Thursday, the Russian president’s spokesman sought to quash such talk, saying in an interview that Putin’s health is “really ...

Chechnya suicide attack sparks fears of fresh jihadist violence

Oct 7, 2014

Chechnya suicide attack sparks fears of fresh jihadist violence

A suicide bombing that killed five policemen in Chechnya is a stark reminder of the Islamist insurgency spreading in the North Caucasus and the threat posed by jihadists who have joined the Islamic State group, analysts say. “The number of shootings and deaths has ...