Russian legislators looking to retaliate against a new American human rights law have settled on an exceptionally vulnerable target: Russian orphans.
Russia’s defence minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, has been unexpectedly fired by President Vladimir Putin after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal. Serdyukov, a former furniture salesman who pushed through reforms in Russia’s conservative military
The United States said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of his country, and with an eye on Russia, urged the international community to get behind a political transition plan to avert a sectarian civil war.
Russian demonstrators carried a black coffin bearing the word ‘democracy’ through the city of Vladivostok on Sunday at the start of protests against Vladimir Putin on the eve of his return to the presidency for another six years.
Tens of thousands of people fed up with Vladimir Putin’s domination of Russian politics and his perceived arrogance jammed one of Moscow’s broadest avenues for a giant protest, vowing to keep building the pressure until the longtime leader is driven from power.
The USSR’s last leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that Russia risks six lost years when Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency, echoing rumblings of dissent over his Kremlin comeback. The announcement at the weekend that Putin, currently prime minister, will stand for president in 2012 and current Kremlin incumbent Dmitry Medvedev take the post of […]