Apr 17, 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan's sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions. Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in March ...

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Russian forces still are operating inside Ukraine and have set up training camps for pro-Moscow separatists, despite a cease-fire agreement backed by the Kremlin, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “There is no question that the Russians continue to operate inside of Ukrainian territory,” spokesman Col. ...

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

Apr 12, 2015

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

From a dimly lit room at his base in eastern Ukraine, the commander of a battalion of Chechens fighting Russia-backed rebels looked shaken as TV broadcast news of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s slaying. Adam Osmayev hailed Nemtsov as a “true hero” both for ...

Apr 6, 2015

Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless. The ...

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble largely pays off

| Apr 5, 2015

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble largely pays off

A year since the start of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin may not have emerged the winner in his showdown with the West but he has not lost either. By supporting Ukrainian separatists, analysts say, he took a huge risk, but it ...

Russia's rich forgo some luxuries but still back Putin

Apr 4, 2015

Russia's rich forgo some luxuries but still back Putin

Russian model Alisa Krylova canceled her order for the latest Mercedes, spent New Year’s in Moscow rather than skiing in the Alps and now employs Russian staffers rather than foreigners. The former Mrs. Russia and Mrs. Globe beauty pageant winner is among Russia’s superrich, ...

Former Putin allies question course Kremlin is taking

Apr 1, 2015

Former Putin allies question course Kremlin is taking

As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks 15 years since he was first elected, his former long-term allies are questioning his political course and warning of the economic consequences of his aggressive foreign policy. Putin’s approval ratings peaked last year as the Kremlin annexed Ukraine’s ...

Apr 1, 2015

Putin creates new agency to 'unite Russian nation'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the creation of a new government agency to oversee ethnic issues, according to an official decree. The proposed agency will “implement measures directed at fortifying the unity of . . . the Russian nation,” it said. It ...