Putin to pardon jailed tycoon Khodorkovsky

BERLIN (AP) — After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany. Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned his long-time rival Friday morning and the country's ...
2013-12-20 20:02:22 +0000

Putin: Russia to buy $15 billion in Ukraine bonds

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened his wallet in the battle with the European Union over Ukraine's future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbor. The...
2013-12-17 18:32:54 +0000

Amid Putin's crackdown, Sochi gay scene thrives

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A man named Ravil catapults onto the dance floor and starts stomping out the lezginka, the arrogant rooster strut of the Chechen national dance. Ravil's spontaneous performance is made even more unusual by the fact he's in one of the two gay clubs in Sochi, the southern Ru...
2013-09-29 07:16:16 +0000

Putin: Syria chemical attack sly rebel provocation

VALDAI, Russia (AP) — Russia has strong grounds to believe that Syrian rebels were responsible for the country's chemical attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday — a claim almost universally disputed by Western governments. Speaking at a conference, Putin said "we have every reason to b...
2013-09-19 17:30:37 +0000

Putin says he may seek 4th presidential term

VALDAI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he could run for a fourth presidential term in 2018. If he serves four terms, that would keep him in power for about a quarter century and make him the nation's longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin. Putin, who served two consecut...
2013-09-19 16:38:29 +0000

What Putin didn't tell the American people about Syria

It's not what Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed says that's so worrisome; it's what it doesn't say. As a Russian and as someone who has been to Syria multiple times since the beginning of the conflict to investigate war crimes and other violations, I would like to mention a few things Putin o...
2013-09-13 17:35:29 +0000

White House pushes back on Putin's op-ed on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House pushed back Thursday against Russian President Vladimir Putin for his opinion piece in The New York Times that blamed opposition forces for the latest deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria and argued President Barack Obama's remarks about America were self-serv...
2013-09-13 00:06:58 +0000

Putin: Syria plan will work if US rejects force

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile will only work if the United States agrees not to use force. Putin told reporters on Tuesday that the plan "can work, only in the event that we hear that the American side and ...
2013-09-10 19:32:55 +0000

Obama, Putin talked about securing Syria chem arms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) about a potential plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international control. Syria has welcomed an idea floated Monday for it to hand over chemical weapons for destruction t...
2013-09-10 04:21:45 +0000

Amid tensions, Obama, Putin put on a happy face

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Thursday — a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense relationship that only seems to be getting worse. "We've kind of hit a wall,...
2013-09-05 18:56:51 +0000

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set for collision over Syria at G20 summit

Russian president signals he will take action if America strikes at Assad as US counterpart admits relations have hit a wall. World leaders will gather in St Petersburg on Thursday for what has transformed into an international showdown with Vladimir Putin threatening to send a missile shield ...
2013-09-05 04:47:07 +0000

AP Interview: Putin warns West on Syria action

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. In a wide-ranging int...
2013-09-04 06:01:28 +0000

Obama cites 'mixed success' in dealing with Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's had mixed success in persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to think "forward as opposed to backward" on a variety of issues and is reassessing the U.S.-Russia relationship. Obama told reporters at a news conference Friday that Putin's re...
2013-08-10 07:47:03 +0000

Putin: Snowden must not damage relations with US

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been warned against taking any actions that would damage relations between Moscow and Washington. Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia, three weeks after arriving at a Moscow airport fr...
2013-07-17 09:56:32 +0000

Fugitive Edward Snowden trapped in Russia - Putin

The US authorities have in effect trapped fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has said. But Mr Putin said Mr Snowden would leave if he was able to. The former intelligence analyst has been offered asylum in a number of Latin American states, but h...
2013-07-15 20:14:18 +0000

Putin: Snowden must stop leaking secrets to stay

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, something he says Snowden doesn't want to do. Putin, speaking at a news conference Monday, insisted that Snow...
2013-07-01 15:55:06 +0000

Putin says 'NO' to US request to turn over Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly rejected U.S. pleas to turn over National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday, saying he is free to travel wherever he wants and insisting that Russian security agencies haven't contacted him. Snowden is in the transit zone of...
2013-06-25 20:11:24 +0000

Putin: US-Russia positions on Syria don't coincide

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Barack Obama on Monday that their positions on Syria do not "coincide" but the two leaders said during the G-8 summit that they have a shared interest in stopping the violence that has ravaged the Middle ...
2013-06-18 04:59:37 +0000

Putin, Cameron still hopeful on Syria peace talks

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Russia said Sunday they're hopeful that Syria's warring factions can hammer out their differences at upcoming peace talks tentatively planned for next month in Geneva. Speaking at British Prime Minister's David Cameron's Downing Street office, Russi...
2013-06-17 04:09:37 +0000

Putin's divorce breaks taboo in Russian politics

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin's divorce from his wife of nearly 30 years has broken a taboo for Russian officials, who almost never speak publicly about their personal life let alone their personal problems. The Russian president also chose an unusual way to break the news. In an intervie...
2013-06-08 05:59:29 +0000

Cloud computing rains billion-dollar deals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decade ago, the mere idea of cloud computing was a difficult concept to explain, let alone sell. Today, the technology is spurring a high-stakes scramble to buy some of the early leaders in the cloud-computing movement. The latest examples of the trend emerged Tuesda...
2013-06-05 04:33:04 +0000

Putin: S-300 missiles not sent to Syria yet

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia hasn't yet fulfilled a contract to send sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria to avoid tilting the balance of power in the region. Russian officials have acknowledged that Moscow signed a deal for the delive...
2013-06-05 04:06:22 +0000

Obama and Putin discuss security in phone call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) have been discussing terrorism coordination in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The White House says the two leaders spoke by phone Monday. A statement says Obama expressed his "appreciation" f...
2013-04-30 06:55:01 +0000

Russian NGOs demand explanation from Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded President Vladimir Putin prove they received nearly $1 billion from foreign sponsors, a claim he has used to justify sweeping raids on hundreds of groups. The crackdown has drawn strong criticism from t...
2013-04-11 16:15:14 +0000

Putin on Finland's criminal blacklist by 'mistake'

HELSINKI (AP) — Vladimir Putin, banned in Finland? Finnish police say the Russian president's name was mistakenly placed on a secret criminal register that could have gotten him arrested at the border. Finnish TV station MTV3 reported Wednesday that Putin was placed there for his cont...
2013-04-10 16:18:37 +0000