Aug 24, 2015

Abe bemoans visit to disputed isles by Medvedev

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized the visit by Russia’s prime minister to one of the islands disputed by Tokyo and Moscow, but added he “will continue dialogue” with President Vladimir Putin to resolve the issue. “It is extremely regrettable . . . ...

Jul 24, 2015

Medvedev may visit Russian-held isles off Hokkaido

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev indicated Thursday he plans to inspect economic development on some of the Kuril Islands, including the four claimed by Japan. The inspection may be designed to demonstrate Russia’s effective control of the four islands, which were occupied by Soviet ...

Oct 26, 2014

Russia turns back clocks to permanent winter time

Russia is set to turn back its clocks on Sunday to permanent winter time in a move backed by President Vladimir Putin, reversing a three-year experiment with nonstop summer time that proved highly unpopular. Russia will also tinker with its time zones in order ...

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 ...