Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

Russia: Regime officials bar opposition leader Navalny from running for president

Source: NBC News

“Russian election officials on Monday formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, prompting calls from him for a boycott of next year’s vote. The Central Election Commission decided unanimously that the anti-corruption crusader isn’t eligible to run. Navalny is implicitly barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case which has been viewed as political retribution. He could have run if he was given a special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled. Incumbent Vladimir Putin is running for a fourth term in office and is assumed to be the winner of the March 18 election.” (12/25/17)


Syria: Putin visits air base, orders start of Russian pullout

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim air base, Interfax news agency reports. He had already declared in March 2016 that he was planning to pull out the majority of Russian troops. The Russian leader was also due for talks in Egypt and Turkey.” (12/11/17)


Russia: Putin to run again for president

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year’s election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. ‘I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation,’ he said. Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the March election he will be eligible to serve until 2024. Russian TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak has already said she will stand in the election but opinion polls suggest Mr Putin will win easily. Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been formally barred from standing because he was found guilty of embezzlement — a charge he claims was politically motivated.” (12/06/17)


Russia: Putin meets with Assad

Source: ABC News

“Syrian President Bashar Assad met with his Russian President Vladimir Putin in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Monday evening as a part of a ‘working visit,’ the Kremlin said in a statement. Assad reportedly thanked Putin for ‘the efforts that Russia made to save our country,’ according to an English translation of the statement. … Putin said he planned to follow up the meeting with telephone calls to President Donald Trump, and to Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Qatar. The two leaders last met on Oct. 20, 2015 in Moscow after Russia launched a military operation against Syrian insurgents and ISIS.” (11/21/17)


Russia: Putin hosts Salman to talk about oil, Syria

Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for talks in Moscow on Thursday in the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia that was expected to focus on oil and the war in Syria. At the Kremlin’s opulent St. Andrew’s Hall, Putin in televised remarks hailed the king’s visit as a ‘landmark’ event. Salman in his reply called Russia a ‘friendly nation’ and said his country is committed to strengthen ties ‘in the interests of peace and security.’ Relations between the two countries have often been strained. During Cold War times, the Saudis helped arm Afghan rebels fighting against the Soviet invasion.” (10/05/17)


Russia: Putin signs Internet censorship law

Source: ZDNet

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law prohibiting the use of technology that provides access to websites banned in the country. The law signed on Sunday is already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, and will come into effect on November 1, 2017. It will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymisers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously.” (07/31/17)


Putin visits France, hopes to mend strained ties with west

Source: Washington Post

“On a visit likely to shape Russia-France ties for years, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sumptuous Palace of Versailles on Monday for what the newly-elected French leader said would be ‘demanding’ talks on Syria, the Ukrainian crisis and other thorny issues driving the rift between Russia and the West.” (05/29/17)


Russia: On Victory Day, Putin calls for international unity

Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told the annual Victory Day parade on Red Square that the horrors of World War II demonstrate the necessity of countries working together to prevent war. Russia celebrates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany every May 9 to honor those who fought and died for their country. ‘This monstrous tragedy was not able to be prevented primarily because of the connivance of the criminal ideology of racial superiority and due to the lack of unity among the world’s leading nations,’ he said. ‘To effectively combat terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism and other threats, consolidation of the entire international community is necessary.'” (05/09/17)


Putin pushes Syria “deconfliction zone” proposals in talks with Erdogan

Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin expanded a diplomatic blitz over the war Syria on Wednesday, meeting with Turkey’s president as the Kremlin pushes a proposal to create ‘deconfliction zones’ in Syria with apparent U.S. support. The talks with Turkish Prime Minister Reçep Tayyip Erdogan reflect possible growing cooperation between nations once deeply at odds over Syria’s conflict — with Turkey backing rebel factions and Russia providing key military support to Syria’s government.” (05/03/17)


At a “low point,” US and Russia back opposing visions on Syria’s Assad

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“US State Secretary Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said US-Russia relations are at a ‘low point’ after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Tensions between Moscow and Washington have been exacerbated by US President Donald Trump’s order to launch cruise missiles against a Syrian military facility believed to be the launch pad for a chemical weapons attack that killed 87 civilians, including 31 children. … Meanwhile in New York, Russia voted against a US-backed resolution to investigate a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian province of Idlib. Vladimir Safronkov, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said the resolution did ‘not serve a useful purpose,’ minutes after Lavrov had called for an ‘independent’ probe into the attack.” (04/12/17)