Topic: Vladimir Putin
When Putin returns to the presidency next year, it will mean stability in Russia. But that comes at a cost – stagnation, as Russia groans under autocracy, corruption, cronyism, and social ills. The US must be realistic about Russia's strengths and weaknesses.
09/29/2011 10:59 am
Putin's move to reclaim the presidency could allow him to rule nearly as long as Stalin did. Will Russians tolerate such a long period of pervasive corruption?
09/27/2011 06:16 pm
Former President Vladimir Putin, who announced yesterday that he will run again next year, is likely to win. But falling oil prices may create social discontent – and push him to make political reforms.
09/26/2011 02:40 pm
Saturday's announcement that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will be the ruling party's nominee for president in elections slated for March seemed to leave little doubt he was always in charge.
09/25/2011 11:57 am
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov blames the Kremlin for orchestrating a mutiny within his Right Cause political party, which could have taken some support from Putin's United Russia party.
09/15/2011 01:58 pm
Those injured or who lost loved ones in a wave of Sept. 1999 bombings in Russia feel that they have been abandoned by the Russian public, media, and government.
09/13/2011 03:12 pm
Russia's Nord Stream pipeline bypasses Ukraine, which transports about 80 percent of Russian gas exports to Europe, and could give Moscow greater political leverage in dealing with Kiev.
09/08/2011 12:32 pm
The Kremlin opposed NATO's air war and called for negotiations between the rebels and Qaddafi. But its concern about keeping billion-dollar contracts with Libya seems to have caused the switch.
09/01/2011 01:33 pm
The arrest of former top Moscow police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov could be a major breakthrough in the murder case of Anna Politkovskaya, one of the Kremlin's most vocal critics.
08/24/2011 03:18 pm
North Korea's Kim Jong-il is visiting Russia to bolster diplomatic support. A key issue is the ability of Kim's son and heir to rule with an iron hand – an issue getting renewed attention as Libyan rebels advance into Tripoli.
08/22/2011 02:30 pm