Putin bests Obama in Iran

Apr 17, 2015

Putin bests Obama in Iran

by Leonid Bershidsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin is building on a tactical advantage he has over the U.S. in talks with Iran: He can be the first to begin rapprochement with Iran's leaders, without worrying too much about its compliance with any nuclear deal's requirements.

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 ...

Apr 13, 2015

Abe plans to deliver speech at Bandung conference

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his intention to attend a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung conference, to be held in Jakarta on April 22 and 23. Japan will make further contributions to ...

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, ...