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18 animals that 'have a feeling' about Putin, too

On Tuesday, while cuddling a leopard in Sochi, the Russian president said: "I like animals, it seems I have a feeling for them. We liked each other." How does he know they liked him back? He just does. Putin has a feeling for animals. And they have a feeling back.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a free man

MOSCOW — Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky walked free on Friday, marking an end to a decade-long saga that helped consolidate domestic and international criticism of President Vladimir Putin.

Putin op-ed: Russia's case against striking Syria

In a New York Times op-ed, Putin puts a skillful rhetorical argument that the 64 percent of Americans unconvinced by Obama's pitch for intervention might just find persuasive.

Russian police detain curator over Putin painting

Police in St. Petersburg on Tuesday briefly detained the director of an art gallery from which local authorities recently confiscated several controversial paintings, including one of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear.

Putin: He does whatever he wants

There is only one guy tougher than Chuck Norris, and Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks it's him.   1) When Putin goes horseback riding, he's the one who's bareback.

Putin signs Russia's US adoption ban into law

President Vladimir Putin has approved a bill that bans Americans from adopting Russian children, turning the controversial proposal into law.

Sergei Udaltsov, Russian opposition leader, charged with plotting riots

Sergei Udaltsov, the head of the Left Front, faces up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted of conspiring to spread unrest.

Does Medvedev’s indecisiveness justify Putin's return?

Commentary: A YouTube "documentary" on Putin and the war in Georgia stirs controversy in Russia.
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A column of Russian armoured vehicles moves towards the Roki tunnel on the border with Russia as they leave South Ossetia on August 23, 2008. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images)
This August Russia, Georgia and its breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia commemorate the fourth anniversary of the war they fought in 2008. But while the mood has been predictably festive in Moscow and the two provinces that prevailed in that war, there has already been, as Russians say, at least one spoonful of tar in a barrel filled with honey.
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Pussy Riot trial: Russia's protest punks plead not guilty to hooliganism

Five members of Pussy Riot, masked and costumed, invaded Moscow's biggest cathedral to sing a protest song exhorting the Virgin Mary to overthrow President Vladimir Putin.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, veteran human rights activist, fears her 85th birthday party is illegal in Russia

"There will be more than 200 guests," Alexeyeva reportedly wrote on her blog. "People are sure to walk in groups. In such cases a police escort is needed."
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