Aug 5, 2014

Thousands of Russians stranded abroad after tour operator fails

Russia is striving to bring back nearly 16,000 tourists stranded abroad after the latest in a string of travel companies failed amid strains over the crisis in Ukraine, tourism officials said Monday. With Western sanctions threatening to tip Russia’s ailing economy into a recession ...

St. Petersburg cops seize Putin-in-lingerie art

Aug 29, 2013

St. Petersburg cops seize Putin-in-lingerie art

Russian police said Wednesday they had raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women’s lingerie. Police said they confiscated four paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin and closed down the exhibition of ...

Architect of Putin's political system steps down

May 10, 2013

Architect of Putin's political system steps down

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced the resignation of his influential deputy prime minister, Vladislav Surkov, credited with designing the country’s notorious political system. The Kremlin said in a statement that Surkov had left his post voluntarily, but analysts and observers said he ...