Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

May 6, 2015

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad. The stories of suffering and survival were similar to those of millions of others ...

Apr 29, 2015

Russia withdraws authorization for opposition party

Russia has withdrawn the opposition Progress Party led by arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny from the list of authorized parties, the justice ministry announced on Tuesday. The decision came 10 days after the announcement of the creation of a new opposition movement, the Democratic ...

Apr 29, 2015

Putin says Russia over worst of economic downturn

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country’s economy has weathered the worst of its downturn even though it appears headed for a deep recession. In comments reported Tuesday by state news agency RIA Novosti, Putin said the economy had stabilized after a dramatic drop ...

Apr 28, 2015

Abe won't attend Russian WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend an official ceremony in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II because of a scheduling conflict, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. He told a news conference ...

Apr 26, 2015

Germany says will deny entry to some Russian Night Wolves bikers

Germany will block some members of an ultra-nationalist Russian motorcycle club from entering the country, government sources said Saturday, a day after Poland also announced an entry ban for the group which is blacklisted by the United States. Some 50 members of the Night ...

Chechnya leader orders 'shoot to kill' on Russian forces

Apr 24, 2015

Chechnya leader orders 'shoot to kill' on Russian forces

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to “shoot to kill” if they encountered any unauthorized Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region. “I am officially stating that if (a soldier) appears on your ...

Apr 24, 2015

Russia carries out military drills on disputed islands

Russia has conducted military anti-landing drills in a Pacific island chain, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Interfax news agency reported the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday. “Units were scrambled as part of large-scale anti-landing drills … (they) worked on ...