Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. More than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted in the United States in the past two decades with Russia being the single biggest source of ado...
2012-12-27 13:01:41 +0000

Putin loyalists set to win Russian local votes

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept to victory in most local election races in Russia, early results showed Monday, while independent observers said the vote was marred by widespread fraud. The Central Election Commission's results show Kremlin-backed candidates and incu...
2012-10-15 10:12:40 +0000

Putin strong at 60 but economic challenges loom

MOSCOW (AP) — As he hits his 60th birthday, Vladimir Putin seems to be in the prime of life: He hang-glides with Siberian cranes, shows off judo moves and exudes supreme self-confidence at Russia's helm. But scratch the surface and a picture emerges of a surprisingly vulnerable leader whose fate ...
2012-10-06 10:51:27 +0000

Putin rolls back protege's modest liberal legacy

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is turning back the clock on his predecessor's reforms — literally. This week, Putin signaled his intent to reverse one of the few high-profile reforms Dmitry Medvedev enacted while president: keeping Russia stuck in summer time all year after clocks spra...
2012-09-29 13:00:17 +0000

Russia expels anti-Putin lawmaker; who's next?

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's parliament on Friday expelled a lawmaker who turned against President Vladimir Putin, paving the way for similar action against others who have joined the opposition movement in a clear sign that the Kremlin is intensifying its crackdown on political dissent. The 293-150...
2012-09-14 15:56:11 +0000

Birds, bears, bikers all play into Putin's stunts

MOSCOW (AP) — Start with manly ventures — flying, hunting, scuba-diving. Add an element of danger — polar bears, tigers, fighter jets. Throw in a bare chest here and there. In Russian politics, Vladimir Putin is both the star of the show and the stuntman. The Russian president's flight Wedn...
2012-09-06 17:29:31 +0000

Putin visits West Bank, tours key Christian shrine

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state. Putin also ...
2012-06-26 18:14:52 +0000

Obama: Putin talks candid, tensions can be eased

LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Seeking common ground, President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday on the need for a political process in Syria to prevent civil war in the violence-torn country and said any tensions between the United States and Russia can be worked...
2012-06-18 19:57:10 +0000

Tens of thousands protest Putin despite crackdown

MOSCOW (AP) — Undeterred by a sudden escalation in the Kremlin's crackdown on the opposition, tens of thousands thronged Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first mass protest against Vladimir Putin since he returned to the presidency in May. The crowd was even larger than at a demon...
2012-06-12 20:49:29 +0000

Putin's hard line against protests to be tested

MOSCOW (AP) — Helmeted riot police round up hundreds of protesters, including some whose only apparent crime is wearing white ribbons of opposition. A teacher who spoke out about election rigging is dragged into court and fined. Now a new law signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday raises fi...
2012-06-08 19:17:37 +0000

Putin's first week sees wave of challenges

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin appeared to shed tears of joy the night he won back the presidency in March. After less than a week in office, he may be tempted to shed some in frustration. Since his inauguration on Monday, the man whose 2000-2008 presidency was characterized by steely control an...
2012-05-12 16:15:55 +0000

Putin's no-show at US meeting sets a sour tone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among Vladimir Putin's first acts now that he's back in Russia's top job was to cancel a date with President Barack Obama. Both nations insist Putin's no-show at a high-profile economic gathering tailored for his attendance is not a snub. But the decision to skip next week's ...
2012-05-11 22:31:25 +0000

Putin pulls out of US summit, meeting with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping a planned visit to the United States this month for an economic summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the White House announced Wednesday. The Russian leader told Obama by phone that he is unable to joi...
2012-05-10 01:13:27 +0000

Putin to parade: Russia will stand up for policies

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the annual massive military parade in Red Square that the country will stand up for its positions. Putin's short speech to some 14,000 servicemen and thousands of guests comes less than a week after the country's military chief of staff w...
2012-05-09 07:32:12 +0000

Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency. Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first a...
2012-05-07 18:12:04 +0000