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
Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday.Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad.Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal announcement last year, but Russian military operations continued.When asked how long it would take for Russia to withdraw its military contingent, Mr Shoigu said that this would "depend on the situation" in Syria.The Russian president was met by Mr al-Assad at the Russian Hmeimim airbase near Latakia.Mr Putin said: "I order the defence minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases," according to the Russian RIA Novosti news agency."I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning … [Read more...] about Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit
President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's worst kept political secret on Wednesday, saying he would run for re-election in March 2018 - a contest he seems sure to win comfortably and extend his grip on power into a third decade.Putin, 65, has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000, longer than veteran Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and outstripped only by dictator Josef Stalin.If he wins what would be a fourth presidential term, he will be eligible to serve another six years until 2024, when he turns 72.Backed by state TV, Putin regularly enjoys approval ratings of around 80 percent, and his decision to run for re-election -- which he announced at a car-making factory in the Volga river city of Nizhny Novgorod -- was widely expected."I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation," Putin said, in answer to a question from a factory worker who told the Russian leader that "everyone without exception" in the hall supported … [Read more...] about Russia’s Putin, pulling no surprises, says he’ll seek re-election