Politics of Russia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23152/all en UPDATE 3-Putin makes French film star Depardieu a Russian http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-3-putin-makes-french-film-star-depardieu-russian <p>* Actor is high-profile campaigner against tycoon tax * Depardieu applied for passport after Putin comments - Kremlin * Hollande redrafting tax law after ruled unconstitutional (Adds reaction from media, politicians, background) By Alexei Anishchuk and Megan Davies MOSCOW, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star whose decision to quit his homeland to avoid a tax hike prompted accusations of national betrayal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-3-putin-makes-french-film-star-depardieu-russian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> actor Belgium Beslan school hostage crisis Diplomatic Relations Dmitry Rogozin Entertainment Francois Hollande Gérard Depardieu Gerard Depardieu Government Government of Russia Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Human Interest Megan Davies Moscow theater hostage crisis Person Attributes Person Career Person Location Person Party Politics of Russia Quotation Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Social Issues Technology Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:15:26 +0000 5731096 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Russians protest against ban on adoptions by Americans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/update-1-russians-protest-against-ban-adoptions-americans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Critics say Russia holding children hostage to politics</p> <p>* Demonstrators chant "Putin is a child-killer!"</p> <p>* Ban dashes hopes of hundreds of American couples (Adds quotes, colour, context, updates with march)</p> <p>By Gabriela Baczynska and Maria Tsvetkova</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people, some denouncing President Vladimir Putin as a "child-killer", marched through Moscow on Sunday to protest against a ban on Americans adopting Russian children.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/update-1-russians-protest-against-ban-adoptions-americans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Russia Politics of Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Social Issues Technology Vladimir Putin War Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:15:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733800 at http://www.globalpost.com French actor Depardieu sides with Putin, criticises opposition http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/french-actor-depardieu-sides-putin-criticises-opposition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - French actor Gerard Depardieu, recently awarded Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, has praised the former KGB spy and said his political opponents offer no real alternative.</p> <p>Depardieu, who has been accused in France of abandoning his homeland to avoid a proposed 75 percent tax for millionaires, told the state-run Rossiya-24 television that Putin personified Russia's complex and fascinating national character.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/french-actor-depardieu-sides-putin-criticises-opposition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chess Entertainment Gerard Depardieu Moscow theater hostage crisis Politics of Russia Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:15:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733911 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Russia holds out olive branch to U.S., but chides West http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-russia-says-us-rights-law-odious-wants-constructive-ti <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Seeks better ties with U.S. but calls new law odious</p> <p>* Minister stands firm over Syria policy</p> <p>* Warns West, Israel against missile strike on Iran (Adds quotes, wraps comments on foreign policy)</p> <p>By Timothy Heritage</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Russia held out an olive branch to the United States on Wednesday by calling for an improvement in ties, but chided Washington over "odious" human rights legislation and denounced Western policy on Syria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-russia-says-us-rights-law-odious-wants-constructive-ti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Russia Lavrov Politics of Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Sergey Lavrov Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738202 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian lower house backs bill to allow Putin to pick candidates to lead regions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/russian-lower-house-backs-bill-allow-putin-pick-candidates-lead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Legislation would let regions allow Putin to choose candidates</p> <p>* Bill wins preliminary approval in State Duma</p> <p>* Popular elections were reinstated last year</p> <p>By Maria Tsvetkova</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Russia's parliament has given preliminary backing to a bill that would enable the country's 83 regions to scrap popular elections of their leaders in favour of a system that would let President Vladimir Putin choose candidates instead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/russian-lower-house-backs-bill-allow-putin-pick-candidates-lead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Moscow theater hostage crisis Politics of Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738685 at http://www.globalpost.com Fighting in volatile Chechnya kills 13 rebels, police -agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/fighting-volatile-chechnya-kills-13-rebels-police-agency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Two of the most wanted Islamist rebels in Chechnya were among 13 killed in a shootout between Russian law enforcement officers and rebels in the volatile mountain province, Interfax news agency said on Thursday.</p> <p>Brothers Khuseyn and Muslim Gakayev have been accused of organising several high-profile attacks, most recently a suicide bomb attack on an interior ministry vehicle that killed four last August.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/fighting-volatile-chechnya-kills-13-rebels-police-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Politics of Russia Second Chechen War War Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:00:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738807 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian police break up "kiss-in" against anti-gay law http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/russian-police-break-kiss-against-anti-gay-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Gabriela Baczynska</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Russian police detained 20 people on Friday when gay activists tried to stage a "kiss-in" outside parliament to protest against a draft law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors.</p> <p>Police hauled away the protesters shortly before the lower house, the State Duma, was due to hold the first of three readings of the legislation, witnesses said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/russian-police-break-kiss-against-anti-gay-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Russia Lyudmila Alexeyeva Politics of Russia Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739299 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 5-Russian parliament backs ban on 'gay propaganda' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-russian-police-break-kiss-over-anti-gay-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Bill overwhelmingly approved by lower house</p> <p>* Russian police break up "kiss-in" over anti-gay law</p> <p>* Critics say bill is Kremlin move to rally support</p> <p>* US urges Moscow to uphold global rights commitments (Adds U.S. State Department reaction, paragraphs 10-12)</p> <p>By Gabriela Baczynska and Alissa de Carbonnel</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-russian-police-break-kiss-over-anti-gay-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Entertainment Government of Russia Moscow theater hostage crisis Politics Politics of Russia Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:16:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739332 at http://www.globalpost.com Putin dismisses head of Russia's troubled Dagestan region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/putin-dismisses-head-russias-troubled-dagestan-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the head of Russia's southern Dagestan province, the Kremlin said on Monday, signalling concern over mounting insurgency violence and political rivalries in the mainly Muslim region.</p> <p>Putin appointed Magomedsalam Magomedov to a role in the presidential administration, the Kremlin statement said, removing him from the post of provincial head that he had held since being appointed in 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/putin-dismisses-head-russias-troubled-dagestan-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Moscow theater hostage crisis Politics of Russia War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:30:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740439 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Putin fires head of Russia's restive Dagestan region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-putin-fires-head-russias-restive-dagestan-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds analyst's comment and details)</p> <p>By Alissa de Carbonnel</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the head of Russia's southerly Dagestan province, the Kremlin said on Monday, signalling concern over mounting Islamist violence, corruption and political rivalries in the Caucasus.</p> <p>Putin appointed Magomedsalam Magomedov, 49, to a role in the presidential administration, the Kremlin statement said, removing him from a post that he had held since 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-putin-fires-head-russias-restive-dagestan-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caucasus Geography of Europe Health Labor Politics of Russia Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:45:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740483 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian state TV presenter apologies for insulting parliament http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/russian-state-tv-presenter-apologies-insulting-parliament <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A presenter on Russian state-owned television has apologised for insulting parliament after lawmakers suggested they might bring in a law barring foreigners criticising Russia on state media.</p> <p>Vladimir Pozner, who holds Russian, American and French passports, angered deputies in the Duma by making a reference to "dura", which translates as "fool", while discussing a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children on his talk show in December.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/russian-state-tv-presenter-apologies-insulting-parliament" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Government of Russia Politics of Russia Technology Vladimir Posner Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:45:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740629 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian investigators search liberal governor's office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/russian-investigators-search-liberal-governors-office <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Russian investigators on Tuesday searched the office of a liberal regional governor who has connections with opponents of President Vladimir Putin as part of a criminal investigation.</p> <p>The federal Investigative Committee said the search of the office of Nikita Belykh, governor of the Kirov region northeast of Moscow, was over the alleged sale of a stake in a state distillery at half its real value.</p> <p>"Belykh will be questioned on issues of interest to the investigation," it added in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/russian-investigators-search-liberal-governors-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Russia Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:45:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740995 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Russian investigators search liberal governor's office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-russian-investigators-search-liberal-governors-office <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Kremlin critics call search part of pressure campaign</p> <p>* Authorities investigate sale of state share in distillery</p> <p>* Putin foe Navalny has been charged in separate case (Adds governor's remarks)</p> <p>By Gabriela Baczynska and Steve Gutterman</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-russian-investigators-search-liberal-governors-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Russia Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:31:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741103 at http://www.globalpost.com Rights group says Russia's 2012 crackdown worst since Soviet era http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/rights-group-says-russias-2012-crackdown-worst-soviet-era <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rise in curbs on civil society follow Putin's return - HRW</p> <p>* Putin started six-year term in May</p> <p>* Russian Foreign Ministry dismisses report</p> <p>By Alessandra Prentice</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Russian authoritarianism rose to levels unprecedented in recent history in 2012, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, assessing what it called the harshest crackdown on political freedoms in the country since the Soviet era.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/rights-group-says-russias-2012-crackdown-worst-soviet-era" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Russia Politics Politics of Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:16:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741928 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Russia's 2012 crackdown worst since Soviet era -rights group http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-russias-2012-crackdown-worst-soviet-era-rights-group <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Curbs on civil society tighten since Putin's return - HRW</p> <p>* Foreign Ministry dismisses Human Rights Watch findings</p> <p>* HRW raises concerns about aftermath of Arab Spring</p> <p>By Alessandra Prentice</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Authoritarianism increased last year in Russia to levels unseen since the Soviet era with a raft of harsh laws curbing political freedoms and harassment of opposition activists and critics, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-russias-2012-crackdown-worst-soviet-era-rights-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government of Russia Politics Politics of Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:46:01 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742106 at http://www.globalpost.com