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The vote was 400 to 4, with 2 abstentions, and it showed a rare split opening at the highest levels of the Russian government. Several senior officials had spoken out against the adoption ban, including some, like the foreign minister, Sergey V.
Putin says US Congress's Magnitsky bill 'unfriendly' Mr Putin is seen here at a meeting earlier this week Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he fails to understand why the US Congress passed a bill aimed at barring Russians allegedly involved
December 11, 2012 Russia is in the middle of a blazing tabloid-style scandal that features a bejeweled blonde, a luxury love nest, and an alleged scam worth more than $200 million. But that's not where some Kremlin watchers are putting their
Russians' enduring support of Vladimir Putin Opposition protests took place in Moscow, but there is more ambivalence to change in Russia's countryside Last December, Moscow's streets were filled with thousands of opposition protesters accusing
Yoshihiko Noda was quoted by Japanese media as saying he had postponed a planned visit because "President Putin's health condition is bad". But Mr Putin's spokesman said no definite date had been agreed and he denied his work was being affected.
Pussy Riot three of whose members were sentenced to prison for singing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral became synonymous with outlandish behavior...Kuritsyna has stood out for her very normality and has become an accidental celebrity after an
Now he is facing a problem he has never encountered before, one that is an awkward fit with his skeptical, K.G.B.-trained mind. Six months into his third presidential term, after a wave of unsettling street protests, Mr. Putin needs an ideology some
Putin has always been reluctant to expel or prosecute high-level officials, despite widespread complaints about corruption. So the mushrooming scandals are unusual, raising questions about what has changed. There is little doubt that the Kremlin has
A stream of elegant visitors stopped in their tracks on Thursday as they toured Moscow's new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, a sprawling, state-of-the-art complex underwritten by oligarchs close to President Vladimir V...James Hill for The New
Russia Defence Minister Serdyukov sacked by Vladimir Putin Mr Serdyukov had been defence minister for six years Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the defence minister after his ministry was caught up in a corruption scandal. Anatoly