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Putin Signs Decree Recognizing Crimea as Sovereign State By Aleksandar Vasovic and Adrian Croft of Reuters
World  (tags: Crimean vote, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, annexation )

- 623 days ago -
Amid fears that Russia may move into eastern Ukraine where there is a significant Russian-speaking community, Obama warned that "further provocations" would only increase Moscow's isolation and exact a greater toll on its economy.
OP-ED: Why Putin Lies So Easily
World  (tags: Putin, lies, Russia Ukraine Invasion, politics, world, violence, society, news, 'HUMANRIGHTS!' )

- 636 days ago -
The old Soviet Union had a variety of mainstays when they were confronted by the West. Putin's rambling press conference confirmed their salience today:
Russian Markets Plunge as Putin Tightens Crimea Grip
World  (tags: 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', russia, Putin, conflict, corruption, crime, death, government, media, politics, society, violence )

- 637 days ago -
Russia paid a financial price on Monday for its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
Putin Agrees to Ukraine 'Fact-Finding' Mission After Talk With Merkel
World  (tags: Ukraine, Russia, crimea, crisis, Putin, Merkel, EU, G8 summit, boycott, cold war, fact-finding mission, troops, NATO, USA )

- 637 days ago -
Russian President Putin has agreed to a proposal from the German chancellor to form a "fact-finding" mission to calm tensions with Ukraine. The move follows Western outcry over his deployment of troops to Crimea.
Ukraine Mobilizes Troops Amid Crisis With Russia
World  (tags: world, politics, violence, society, russia, Putin, intervention, tyranny )

- 638 days ago -
Leaders of a shaky new government in Ukraine were mobilizing troops Sunday amid signs of Russian military intervention in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
Pussy Riot Mocks Putin on Colbert: 'We Don't Want a Shirtless Man on a Horse Leading Us' (TEXT and VIDEO)
World  (tags: Stephen Colbert, Pussy Riot, Putin, Russia, human rights, media, politics, government, world, freedoms )

- 663 days ago -
Two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot visited The Colbert Report on Tuesday to talk about their arrests and earlier protest actions. Stephen Colbert welcomed the pair to their first U.S. visit by asking if they'd eaten at an Olive Garden yet.
EU Drops Dinner With Putin to Show "Not Business as Usual"
World  (tags: Kiev, Ukraine, Russia, European Union, clashes, Putin, Brussels summit, economic union, trade and cooperation agreement, EC )

- 672 days ago -
The European Union has cancelled a traditional dinner with President Vladimir Putin at an EU-Russia summit in Brussels on 28 Jan. to show there is no "business as usual" after a tug-of-war with Moscow over Ukraine.
That Time Vladimir Putin Beat a U.S. Congressman In a Drunken Arm-Wrestling Match
World  (tags: Putin, Russia, Dana Rohrabacher, politics, government, humans, world, society )

- 808 days ago -
During an interview with KPCC that aired yesterday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, was asked if he had ever met Vladimir Putin. It's safe to say his answer was more than a little unexpected.
Putin and Merkel Open Hanover Trade Fair
World  (tags: Germany, Hannover, Messe, trade fair, Putin, Merkel, protests, society, Russia )

- 966 days ago -
Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened the Hanover Trade Fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as protesters outside decried a perceived descent to dictatorship under Putin's rule.
Putin Topless Protest: Russian President's Germany Visit Disrupted By Bare-Breasted Protester
World  (tags: Germany, Hannover trade fair, Putin, Merkel, protests, femen, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', freedoms )

- 966 days ago -
Putin and Merkel were taking in a presentation of a new car model at the Volkswagen stand by the company's chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, when the four bare-breasted women started chanting "f... dictator".
ACTION - Tell Putin: Get Pussy Riot Out Of Deadly Prison Camp!
World  (tags: Pussy Riot, Putin, prison, labor camps, Russia, humanrights, freedoms, abuse, violence )

- 1021 days ago -
The prisons in Perm and Mordovia are some of the harshest camps in all Russia, known for severely unhealthy conditions, a complete absence of privacy and a brutal social hierarchy where convicts are subject to abuse and sexual violence by ..prison guards
Tens of Thousands Defy Putin's Crackdown
World  (tags: world, politics, ethics, government, Russia, Putin, protests, civil disobedience, activism, society, news )

- 1266 days ago -
Chanting 'Russia without Putin" and 'Putin to jail,' tens of thousands of Russians defied the government's tough new anti-demonstration laws and staged a mass rally in Moscow to protest against the Russian president
World  (tags: world, news, Russia, Putin, politics, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', government )

- 1362 days ago -
With his victory on Sunday, Vladimir Putin returns to the Kremlin with a renewed mandate and promises of major reforms. But a growing mass of disaffected Russians may be bound to push the incoming president out of office no matter what he does.
Russia's Opposition Unites in Massive Anti-Putin Protest
World  (tags: world, politics, Russi, political corruption, election fixing, Putin, Russia, society, news, interesting, government, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', corruption, humans, freedoms )

- 1450 days ago -
On the heels of the biggest protests Russia has seen in nearly 20 years, the country's resurgent opposition has given the Kremlin an ultimatum: Annul the Dec. 4 election that many see as marred by fraud and call a fresh vote, or face even larger protests
ACTIVISM: Russia Election: Protesters Defy Rally Ban in Moscow
World  (tags: world, humanrights, conflict, ethics, Russia, corruption, Russian elections, Putin, politics, government, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', corruption, crime, freedoms, news, society )

- 1455 days ago -
Russian protesters defying a ban on unapproved rallies have faced off with supporters of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow city centre.

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