25 Jun 2021

French-German plan for EU-Putin talks collapses

The European Union failed to agree on a French-German proposal for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, Berlin and Paris called for the bloc to resume talks with the Russian leader after US President Joe Biden’s meeting with Putin in Geneva. Some critical member states denounced the

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17 Jun 2021

Biden Tells Putin Critical Infrastructure Sectors ‘Off Limits’ to Russian Hacking

President Joe Biden has revealed that he and President Vladimir Putin of Russia have agreed to establish “what’s off limits” from cyber activity. They also discussed how each country would “follow up” with cyberattacks that originated in either country. This press conference came after Biden’s four-hour meeting with Putin in

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28 May 2021

With Belarus isolated by the West, Russia’s Putin meets with his ally Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko travelled to Russia on Friday for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The meeting comes after Lukashenko has been isolated and punished by the West for intercepting a civilian jetliner flying over Belarus to arrest an opposition journalist on board. The meeting is symbolic as Lukashenko is

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06 Nov 2020

Russian lawmakers consider bill that would give Putin lifelong immunity from prosecution

Russian lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would prohibit the prosecution of current president Vladamir Putin following his eventual retirement. The bill would also grant all former presidents lifelong immunity from criminal prosecution beyond their terms of office, according to state media. If Putin decides to leave office, he would

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21 Sep 2020

Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays

According to recently leaked documents, one of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends may have been laundering money and avoiding sanctions through Barclays Bank in London. The associate, billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, has been close to the president since childhood. Barclays has released a statement claiming that it has met all legal duties

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21 Aug 2020

Doctors say Putin critic can’t be moved to Germany

Alexei Navalny, a key figure in the opposition against sitting president Vladamir Putin, has been hospitalized after a suspected poisoning. Russian doctors have released information indicating that Navalny remains too unstable and ill to be transported to another medical location. Navalny has been in a coma since Thursday amid reports

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02 Jul 2020

Russian voters overwhelmingly back a ploy by President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a resounding victory in his bid to remain in power until 2036 after Russian citizens voted overwhelmingly to endorse the current political climate. Preliminary results show that Putin’s ploy to remain in office for over another decade was favorable among Russians after Wednesday’s voting. The

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11 Mar 2020

Putin Backs Term Limit Freeze Allowing Him to Stay in Office

Russian President Vladimir Putin supported a new constitutional amendment that would allow for his reelection in 2024 by restarting the term count. Valentina Tereshkova, an 83-year-old former Soviet cosmonaut, proposed abolishing Russia’s two-term limit or stopping the clock so that the law would not apply to Putin. Lower parliament quickly

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15 Jan 2020

Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin plans future

Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes that could prolong his stay in power, Russia’s government has resigned. The proposals made by President Putin would transfer power from the presidency to the parliament. Although Putin is due to step down in 2024 when he closes out his fourth

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08 Jan 2020

Russia’s Putin visits Syria to meet Assad, a key Iran ally

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday. Putin’s visit to Syria comes less than a week after the killing of chief Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by the United States. Russia has historically enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship with Syria, as with most Arab

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