Obama said it's possible Russia will try to sway U.S. elections. When WikiLeaks dumped tens of thousands of often embarrassing internal Democratic Party emails, it didn't take long for the finger to be pointed at Moscow. In many ways, that should hardly be surprising. The distinctly idiosyncratic dynamic between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has long been a topic of fascination for pundits. Some of the Republican presidential candidate's approaches and statements - particularly questioning the U.S. commitment to NATO - are almost certainly appealing to Moscow. The Russian intelligence services have a largely deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to cyber-spying, not to mention dirty political tricks. And, perhaps most importantly of all, a growing number of Western officials and security experts are increasingly convinced that Russia is doing everything it can to politically destabilize the West. Getting through the smoke and mirrors to work out to what extent that is … [Read more...] about Is Vladimir Putin deliberately destabilizing U.S. politics?
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(VOVworld) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has been voted the world's "number one politician" in 2013. He received 133 out of 175 votes, eclipsing Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and US President Barack Obama. In the field of science, British Nobel laureate physicist Peter Higgs was voted scientist of 2013. The world's number one culture figure is Canadian writer Alice Munro, who won the 2013 Nobel prize in literature. The results are from a global poll involving 175 news agencies and media outlets. … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin named world’s “number one politician” in 2013
Fifa president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize, says Russian president Vladimir Putin. World football's governing body is engulfed in a corruption crisis, including an investigation into the award of the 2018 World Cup to Russia. Related news Fifa crisis: South Africa 'admits $10m football payoutFifa corruption: Jeffrey Webb pleads not guilty in US "People like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition," said Putin. "If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it's those people." Blatter announced he would be stepping down on 2 June following the arrest of seven Fifa officials as part of a United States investigation that saw 14 people indicted on corruption charges. A separate criminal investigation by Swiss authorities into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated is also under way. Blatter, 79, has said he has a "clear conscience", and is planning to remain in office until Fifa … [Read more...] about Sepp Blatter deserves Nobel Prize, says Vladimir Putin
When WikiLeaks dumped tens of thousands of often embarrassing internal Democratic Party emails, it didn't take long for the finger to be pointed at Moscow.In many ways, that should hardly be surprising. The distinctly idiosyncratic dynamic between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has long been a topic of fascination for pundits. Some of the Republican presidential candidate's approaches and statements - particularly questioning the U.S. commitment to NATO - are almost certainly appealing to Moscow.The Russian intelligence services have a largely deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to cyber-spying, not to mention dirty political tricks. And, perhaps most importantly of all, a growing number of Western officials and security experts are increasingly convinced that Russia is doing everything it can to politically destabilize the West.Getting through the smoke and mirrors to work out to what extent that is actually happening, however, is another matter entirely. That's always … [Read more...] about Is Vladimir Putin deliberately destabilizing US politics?
Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane "buzzed" a US destroyer. Washington said it was consulting European allies and hinted that more sanctions on Russia's economy could be coming, to punish what it sees as Moscow's sponsorship of pro-Russia violence in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said that Putin used the latest in a string of tense phone calls with Obama to brand US charges of meddling in eastern Ukraine as "unfounded." There were no immediate readouts of the call from the White House, which earlier was the first to say it would take place. Unusually though, the White House did offer some details of CIA chief John Brennan's travel, confirming Russian media reports that the top US spy had flown into Kiev over the weekend. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had demanded an explanation over Brennan's visit. Russia's … [Read more...] about Obama confronts Putin in call as crisis escalates
Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday warned of "more bad news" for football's scandal-tainted world body but rejected calls to resign over a widening corruption controversy. FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 28, 2015 (AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini) Blatter -- who faces a re-election vote Friday -- opened FIFA's annual congress by saying he could not be blamed for the corruption drama.He said that while many people hold him "ultimately responsible" for football's actions, he could "not monitor everyone all of the time".And after the arrest of seven top football officials at the FIFA hotel on Wednesday Blatter warned that the storm was not over."The next few months will not be easy for FIFA. I am sure more bad news will follow but it is necessary to begin to restore trust in our organisation," the 79-year-old said."We cannot allow the reputation of football and FIFA to be … [Read more...] about Blatter warns of ‘more bad news’ for tainted FIFA
MILAN - Vladimir Putin will take centre stage at an Asia-Europe (ASEM) summit that opens on Thursday in Milan, where the Russian leader due to hold face-to-face talks with Ukraine counterpart Petro Poroshenko. The ASEM headline theme is promoting economic cooperation between more than 50 countries who share one of world's largest trading relationships. On that front, however, there are mounting problems - Europe's recovery has stalled and China, for so long the driver of global growth, is losing momentum. … [Read more...] about Putin takes centre stage at Asia-Europe summit
Russian police arrested more than 500 people protesting Vladimir Putin's crushing victory in elections that the opposition denounced as illegitimate and international monitors said were skewed. Russian police detain a participant during an opposition protest demanding fair elections in central Moscow March 5, 2012. Western powers reacted warily to the prospect of Putin returning in a May inauguration to the Kremlin for a six-year term from his current job as premier, urging a full investigation into the reports of violations. Police said they arrested 250 people in Moscow and 300 in Saint Petersburg on Monday after moving in to break up rallies claiming that the polls the previous day were rigged. Some 20,000 anti-Putin protesters turned out in Pushkin Square in central Moscow chanting "Russia Yes! Putin No!". Most of the rally broke up peacefully but police moved in to disperse hundreds of … [Read more...] about Russian police arrest 500 protesting Putin win
ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday holds talks in Ankara with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to tighten links which have survived potentially grave disputes over the Syria and Ukraine crises. The talks are expected to focus on energy co-operation – with Ankara seeking not only a reduction in gas prices from Russia but also greater import volumes ahead of the winter – as well key diplomatic issues. It will be the first time the pair have met face-to-face since Erdogan moved from the post of prime minister to president in August, the same job change that Putin himself made in 2012. Russia and Turkey appear so far to have successfully shielded their strong relations from potentially damaging disputes over the crises in Syria and Ukraine. The two countries are at odds over the Syria conflict, with Putin the last remaining major ally of President Bashar al-Assad but Erdogan pressing for the Syrian leader to be ousted without delay. But these … [Read more...] about Erdogan hosts Putin to tighten Turkey-Russia alliance
by Dinh Lanh and Nhu Hoa Nearly 109 million voters across Russia will head to the polls on Sunday to elect a president who will lead the country for the next six years, with most opinion polls predicting a strong victory for Prime Minister and former President Vladimir Putin. He is opposed by four other candidates, including Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov; Vladimir Zhirinov-sky, leader of the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR); Sergei Mironov from the leftist A Just Russia Party (SR); and self-nominated tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov. Local and international pundits do not view any of them as a significant challenge to Putin's return to the Kremlin. Despite the lack of serious opposition, Putin has campaigned on a specific and long-term platform. Since mid-January, he has published a series of seven articles ranging widely over the current national agenda, on topics such as development, the nationalities question, economics, democracy, social policy, … [Read more...] about Putin likely to have last laugh on Sunday