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What others say: Russia a nation in decline

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who loves to strut on the world stage...continue climbing.Even more serious for Putin, although likely to draw less attention...Russia has serious financial problems that Putin had not anticipated. It is something...
Putin's antics wearing thin in Europe

...particularly now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea, seems bent on reducing...falling oil prices than Western sanctions, Putin reflexively blames all of Russia's woes on the West. Then there is the problem of Putin himself. His behavior is increasingly...
Putin's Potemkin Games

...authoritarian egotism, Russian President Vladimir Putin would win the gold medal going away.His...ruthlessly exploiting migrant labor.For Putin, any cost, and any means, was worth...political propaganda. By securing them, Putin also bought the tacit cooperation of the...

...Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately...opened a new offensive along the seacoast.Putin's comment, made to national TV network...Despite the use of the word "statehood," Putin did not envision sovereignty for the two...

...PETERSBURG, Russia - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he does not believe...and I don't believe it will happen," Putin said when asked about the future of in this former imperial capital, Putin accused Western politicians of interfering...
What others say: Energy policy impacts global relations

...on Russian oil and gas among European nations would decrease Vladimir Putin's ability to behave badly. Countries dependent on Russian energy are reluctant to criticize Putin's moves.What happens in China won't stay in China. If the Chinese...
What others say: Asylum request puts spotlight on Russia

...the agreement but also the basic "moral and ethical principles of Russian society."One could fairly ask if under Vladimir Putin Russia has any moral or ethical principles other than self-enrichment, self-perpetuation in office, encroachment on its...
Bob Franken: No October surprise party

...Of course, the fecklessness of our allies in Iraq had somehow escaped their attention too.That was just after Vladimir Putin astonished our befuddled national-security folks with his invasion of Crimea. Oh, the hand-wringing that has caused...
Russia sends troops into Ukraine

...parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military...aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.Putin sought and quickly got his parliament's...costs" if Russia intervenes militarily, Putin sharply raised the stakes in the conflict...

...Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support Saturday for Ukraine's...commitment to de-escalating the conflict.Putin's conciliatory words came on the same...The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin "calls on the opposing sides to halt any...


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