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…

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”…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…