Putin to pardon jailed tycoon Khodorkovsky – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleMOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise decision, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, a move that will see his top…

Putin ‘envies’ Obama: ‘He can get away with it’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Moscow isn’t controlling National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who has asylum in Russia. Putin said at a news conference Thursday that…

Putin-Ukraine Rapprochement Seen Frustrating Russian Steelmakers – Businessweek

BusinessweekRussian steelmakers may be frustrated by an agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych to strengthen ties, according to BCS Financial Group and Deutsche Bank AG.…

Russia Offers Cash Infusion for Ukraine – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — In a sharp rebuff to the West in the diplomatic wrangle over Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin said Tuesday that Russia would come to the rescue…

Obama selection of Billie Jean King for Sochi ‘genius’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPresident Obama’s selection of Billie Jean King for the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is a stroke of genius. What better way to show…

Customs Union Not on Agenda of Ukranian-Russian Talks, Officials Say – New York Times

New York TimesKIEV, Ukraine — The possibility of Ukraine’s joining Russia’s customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan will not be discussed when President Viktor F. Yanukovich meets with President Vladimir…

Russia state news agency gets controversial chief – Businessweek

BusinessweekMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed a controversial news anchor to head a restructured state news agency, a move signaling the Kremlin’s intention to tighten control over…

President Obama Cancels Putin Meeting After Edward Snowden Asylum

President Obama cancelled his planned visit to Moscow to meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, but still plans to attend the G-20 Summit. Why? Blame NSA Leaker Edward Snowden, and…