Biden vows more sanctions as Russia claims Crimea – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Putin calls for use of troops in Ukraine – CNN

CNNSimferopol, Ukraine (CNN) — [Breaking News Update 9:22 a.m. ET]. (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the upper house of parliament to send Russian troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region…

Crimea’s Leader Cements Power, Asks Moscow’s Help – ABC News

ABC NewsThe pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine’s Crimea region claimed control of the military and police there Saturday and appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for help in keeping peace,…

What’s next for Winter Olympics after Sochi? – The Japan Times

The Japan TimesSOCHI, RUSSIA – The sheer cost, size and scale of the Sochi Olympics has outstripped anything done before. The question for future Winter Games is clear: Can anyone…

Ukraine crisis: Crimea leader appeals to Putin for help – BBC News

BBC NewsThe new pro-Moscow leader of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace. A Kremlin source said it would “not leave unnoticed”…

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a…

US urges caution as Putin orders military drill – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine – The United States urged Russia on Wednesday to avoid provocative actions after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to combat readiness drills near Ukraine, where pro-Russian protesters…

Russia to increase defense and security capabilities – President Putin – The Voice of Russia

The Voice of RussiaRussia will continue to increase the potential of its Armed Forces and all security forces, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting marking Defender of the Fatherland…

Merkel: Putin wants end to Ukraine unrest – Washington Post

Washington PostPARIS — The German chancellor says that she and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to do all they can to end the violence in Ukraine. Angela Merkel, speaking…

Russian Police Question Pussy Riot in Sochi – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaSOCHI, RUSSIA — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s carefully controlled Winter Olympics are now running into unexpected, unscripted moments from protesters. On Tuesday, sporting their colorful red, pink and…

Russia survives Norway, advances to face Finland – ESPN

ESPNBut this imperfect, top-heavy Russian team faces incalculable pressure in Sochi, with everyone from President Vladimir Putin on down eagerly anticipating a medal run in the nation’s first home Winter…

From Sochi, journalists report Winter Olympics woes: poor conditions and … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsDon’t flush the toilet, don’t drink the water and don’t expect a good night’s sleep. These are just some of the bizarre problems guests and athletes can…

Russia President Putin encounters Sochi leopard cubs – BBC News

BBC NewsRussian President Vladimir Putin has taken senior Olympics officials on a tour of a Persian leopard sanctuary ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi. He tried to calm one…

Putin: Russia Will Honor Ukraine Loan, Energy Deals – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyRussian President Vladimir Putin (left to right), European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso address a joint news conference in Brussels on January 28.…

For Putin, Slights Signal Tension With EU – New York Times

New York TimesBRUSSELS — President Vladimir V. Putin for years trumpeted Russia’s grand ambitions for improved relations with the European Union. He not only pushed to break down visa barriers…

Putin, EU Presidents Meet in Rapid-Fire Summit – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBRUSSELS—Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rapid-fire summit in Brussels with the European Union’s leadership duo Tuesday with both sides acknowledging serious differences but seeking to steer ties…

Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a “safe and secure” Winter Olympics in Sochi,…

Russian Olympic terrorist search sets nerves jangling despite Putin assurances … – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin has made a daring gamble with the Winter Games in Sochi, guaranteeing they will be safe despite their setting on territory awash in grievance…

China media: Winter Olympics – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Xi Jinping’s decision to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi will open a new page in China-Russia relations, papers say. Mr Xi will attend the opening ceremony next…

Police warn Sochi hotels of terror suspect as Olympics near – CNN

CNN(CNN) — New details fueled debate Monday over security at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi: Wanted posters of a terrorism suspect on the loose, warships at the ready…

No One Will Be Targeted at Olympics, Putin Says – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — Seeking to head off one of several simmering controversies ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Friday that no…

Putin to gay visitors: ‘leave the children in peace’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Friday to reassure gay visitors to the Sochi Games that they are welcome in Russia, but added that they must…

Putin vows to annihilate “terrorists” after suicide bombings – Reuters

ReutersVOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to annihilate “terrorists” following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd…

Volgograd blasts: IOC ‘confident’ Games will be safe – BBC News

BBC NewsThe International Olympic Committee president says he has confidence that Russian authorities will deliver a “safe and secure” Games in Sochi. Thomas Bach wrote to President Vladimir Putin to…

Pussy Riot still wants to topple Putin – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleMOSCOW (AP) — Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest in Moscow’s main cathedral said Friday…

Pussy Riot still want to topple Putin – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW — Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest in Moscow’s main cathedral say they still…

Amnestied Pussy Riot pair criticise Putin after release – euronews

euronewsKRASNOYARSK/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot freed from prison on Monday derided President Vladimir Putin’s amnesty that led to their early release…

Thanks, Putin, But No Thanks: Few Are Grateful for Russia’s Pre-Olympic Amnesty – TIME

TIMERussian President Vladimir Putin grabbed international headlines last week with a pre-Christmas amnesty that included the release of a number of prominent dissidents. Those freed aren’t exactly glowing with praise…

Foreign policy expert: Release of Russia punk rock group is publicity stunt – Fox News

Fox NewsThe release of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics in recent days is a move to enhance his image overseas, according to foreign policy expert Colonel Cedric Leighton.…

2 Members of Pussy Riot Freed Under Amnesty Law – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — Two women from the punk group Pussy Riot serving two-year prison terms for staging a protest performance against President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral…

Khodorkovsky: For now, steering clear of Russia and politics – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesMOSCOW — Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon once considered President Vladimir Putin’s most potent political foe, said Sunday that he had no plans to resume his business…

Khodorkovsky on Putin: ‘They were humane about my family’ – BBC News

BBC NewsMikhail Khodorkovsky has reacted philosophically when asked about his personal feelings towards Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former oil tycoon was released from prison on Friday after serving 10…

Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky reunited with family – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBERLIN (AP) — The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia.…

Ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky released from prison – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a decree pardoning jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the man who has been described as his archrival. Khodorkovsky has spent…

Putin: ‘I envy’ Obama’s spy program – USA TODAY

USA TODAYRussia President Vladimir Putin says his government is not working with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, and defended President Obama over his spying program — sort of. “How…