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
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday said there was nothing unusual in the mass protests against his domination of Russia, describing the turbulence as the "unavoidable price of democracy". Tens of thousands took to the streets on December 10 and December 24 to denounce the alleged rigging of parliamentary elections and the Russian strongman himself, ahead of his candidacy in March presidential polls. "Of course, we are in the middle of a political cycle -- the parliamentary elections have finished and the presidential elections are going to start," Putin said in a televised message to Russians ahead of the New Year. "In such times, politicians always exploit the feelings of citizens, everything gets shaken around a bit, boils up. But this is the unavoidable price of democracy," Putin said. "There is nothing unusual here," he added. Putin has in the last days mocked the nascent protest movement against his rule, saying they appeared to have no programme and no leader. But … [Read more...] about Putin says ‘nothing unusual’ in Russian protests
Vladimir Putin's ruling party clung to a much reduced majority in parliament on Monday after an election that showed growing weariness with the man who has dominated Russia for more than a decade and plans to return to the presidency next year. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looks on during a news conference at the headquarters of the United Russia party after voting closed in parliamentary elections in Moscow December 4, 2011. Putin's ruling party suffered a big drop in support in a parliamentary election on Sunday, exit polls showed, as voters signalled their growing unease with his domination of Russian politics before a planned return to the presidency next year.Photo: Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool President Dmitry Medvedev said the election was "fair, honest and democratic", but European monitors said … [Read more...] about Putin’s party clings to reduced majority in Russia