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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 to normalize the political situation there, the Kremlin said …Pro-Russia Demonstrations Break out in UkraineABC NewsPutin Asks Russia’s Senate to Use Military Force in UkraineNew […]

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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” the request from Sergiy Aksyonov. US President Barack Obama …Ukraine says Russia has sent in troops, Obama appeals to PutinReutersUkraine Refuses to Act Against Russian […]

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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 yellow balaclavas, members of Russia’s most …Pussy Riot performers visit Olympic city, where Sochi police quickly pick them upWashington PostPussy Riot’s detainment during Sochi Olympics […]

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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 expect at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. With just days to go before the …Russia President Putin encounters Sochi leopard cubsBBC NewsJournalists […]

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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 onto a more constructive path. With bilateral …Putin Is Given Cool Reception at EU HeadquartersNew York TimesPutin criticizes EU’s diplomacy in UkraineHouston ChronicleUPDATE 1-Russia says […]

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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, the White House said. Amid rising concerns about threats from …Sochi Olympics terrorism threat: Two more ‘black widow’ suspects identifiedNBCNews.comRussia works to calm Olympics safety […]

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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 and a video threat from beyond the grave. Russian President Vladimir Putin …US military says readying plans for Olympic security assistanceReutersOlympics terror dragnet: Russia hunts […]

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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 “leave the children in peace.” Responding to a question from an Olympics volunteer …Putin: Gay ‘propaganda’ law doesn’t discriminateSI.comPutin: Gay people will be safe at […]

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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 for Putin, though. By Simon Shuster …Putin reveals news of pardon on his way out of yearly marathon press conferenceIrish TimesConfident Putin frees foes ahead […]

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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. Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot and former …Khodorkovsky: 36 hours of freedom, no firm plans but won’t look for powerMiamiHerald.comPutin frees […]

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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 years for fraud and tax evasion. “I’ve always …Khodorkovsky Says He Won’t Return to PoliticsWall Street JournalKhodorkovsky: Will seek to free political inmatesHouston ChronicleMikhail Khodorkovsky […]

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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. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was …Khodorkovsky Reunites With FamilyWall Street JournalUPDATE 1-Freed from jail, Khodorkovsky reunited with family in BerlinReutersMikhail […]

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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 the past 10 years in prison on charges of tax evasion …Putin Signs Decree Pardoning KhodorkovskyTIMEMoscow residents react to news of Khodorkovsky pardonBBC NewsRussia to […]