Vladimir Putin Articles

Angela Merkel Warned of Putin’s Intrigues Beyond Ukraine

12:35 PM, Dec 01, 2014

German chancellor Angela Merkel has cautioned that the adventurism of Russian president Vladimir Putin would not remain limited to Ukraine, or even to other countries bordering on Russia. Since Russia seized Crimea in February-March 2014, Putin’s provocative campaign has included imposition of phantom “governments” in two areas of eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk, and harassment of the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO.

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We’ve Got a Special Place in the Lubyanka …

10:46 AM, Oct 13, 2014
In certain jurisdictions, there are some things you just don’t want to say.  For instance, as Reid Standish of FP reports: You can drink at a soccer game, you can fight at one, and you can certainly swear at one -- just don't get political.  Read more

Putin and the Perm-36 Gulag Monument

8:04 AM, Aug 26, 2014

Perm-36, also known as ITK-6, is the only intact facility remaining in Russia from the Soviet-era gulag system of political prisons and labor camps.

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Will the West Stand Up Against Russia?

7:36 AM, Jul 24, 2014

The boss appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday and discussed the geopolitical fallout from the attack on the Malaysian airliner shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukrainian territory.

"Is the West going to be serious about dealing with Putin or not?" he asked. Watch the video below:

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A Warning From Putin

9:01 AM, Jul 23, 2014

Vladimir Putin does not seem inclined to talk nice and patch things up with the West. To the contrary, he is drawing lines. They may, or may not, be “red." He seems confident enough not to need the modifier.

As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports:

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Kristol Podcast: Putin, Netanyahu, and Obama

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:02 PM, Jul 18, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the happenings this week in Ukraine, Israel, and the United States.

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Putin, Obama Ignore Each Other (Update: WH Says the Two Talked)

But Putin talks with Ukraine leader Poroshenko.
8:00 AM, Jun 06, 2014

In Bénouville, France, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have gone out of their way to ignore each other.

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The Ghosts on the Roofs, Still

1:02 PM, May 12, 2014

The new issue of Time presents a stark cover photo of Vladimir Putin, captioned with a succession of titles: once "Premier," then "President," but now "Czar." In analyzing "Putinism," Time's Michael Crowley and Simon Shuster do not hesitate to trace the roots back a century and beyond:

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Stroke and Distance?

12:59 PM, Apr 24, 2014

The situation in Ukraine worsens and Putin makes ever more menacing noises. 

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Putin: Wishing & Hoping

12:19 PM, Apr 17, 2014

In a call-in show on Russian television, Vladimir Putin:

... expressed hope for a political and diplomatic solution of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, saying he hopes that he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev.

Gee, many no doubt are thinking, we kind of hope so, too. And maybe, you can make that happen.

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'Opportunistic and Ruthless Aspiration'

8:41 AM, Mar 26, 2014

That is how former secretary of defense, Robert Gates writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes what drives Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine, the Baltics, and any other region where he considers Russians interests and international reputation at stake. He is motivated by a massive grievance, which, one suspects, is further stimulated when his nation is dismissed as a “regional power,” as the president did yesterday.  

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Looking Into His Soul

12:21 PM, Mar 25, 2014
Writing in the Washington Post  Strobe Talbott recalls a tense time during the days of the Kosovo crisis (and how many crises ago was that?) when he had a brief but telling encounter with Vladimir Putin, then a mere security chief but plainly a man on the make and someone to watch … carefully.  Read more

Good Night, Sweet Prince

The Met metes out a rebuke to Vladimir Putin.
Mar 10, 2014

February was a bad month for Vladimir Putin. Despite Russia’s impressive Olympic victories, the Sochi Games turned out to be a $51 billion showcase of graft and corruption that even the Kremlin’s deftest apologists could not explain away without sounding embarrassingly Soviet.

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Barnes Podcast: Obama's Job Is to Stop Putin

Hosted by Michael Graham
4:25 PM, Mar 06, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's Ukraine statement and why it's his job to stop Vladimir Putin.

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Ride of the Night Wolves

10:02 AM, Mar 04, 2014

We are all familiar with the concept of gunboat diplomacy. But Harley diplomacy, as practiced by Vladimir Putin in the present crisis, is something new. As reported by Terry Golway at Reuters:

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Putin Acts, Obama Affirms

10:15 AM, Mar 01, 2014

Here's President Obama on Friday: "The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."Characteristically, 

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‘The Russians Are in This for the Long Run’

Talking to Angela E. Stent about her new book on U.S. Russian relations.
1:15 PM, Feb 27, 2014

Russian president Vladimir Putin is everywhere. The former KGB officer has used virtually everything at hand to catapult himself as well as his country, the shell of a once mighty empire, on to the world stage. Whether it’s Putin’s determination to host the Winter Olympics in a semi-tropical climate, his steadfast refusal to turn on his Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad, or his contesting the West for supremacy in Ukraine and the rest of Russia’s near abroad, the man has made himself an indispensable actor—and one almost constantly in competition, if not rivalry, with the Obama White House. Recently, I spoke with Georgetown University professor Angela E. Stent about her new book The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century to get a sense of where Putin’s Moscow may be heading.

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Schumer vs. Putin: The Yogurt Wars

12:22 PM, Feb 05, 2014

The Sochi Olympics are busy setting some sort of record for glitches and one of them has attracted the attentions of the indefatigable Senator Charles Schumer who is perturbed by the Russian’s unwillingness to allow the importation of yogurt.  

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NBC: All Visitors to Sochi Olympics Immediately Hacked

7:18 AM, Feb 05, 2014

Richard Engel reported last night on NBC that all visitors to the Sochi Olympics are getting hacked as soon as their electronic devices connect to any Russian network:

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They Don’t Make Strongmen Like They Used To

11:51 AM, Dec 26, 2013

The Russian people were polled, recently, on the question of which of their political figures is most popular. An alien notion in Russian politics, perhaps, but just the same, the question was asked and the people, knowing what is good for them, answered. In a surprise result:

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Putin on Snowden: 'He's Noble'

9:01 AM, Dec 19, 2013

Russia strongman Vladimir Putin had some kind words for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. "[H]e's noble," Putin said at a press conference in Moscow today. Snowden has been given temporary asylum in Russia and is on the run from the U.S. government.

"Thanks to Mr. Snowden, a lot has changed in the minds of people around the world ... We don’t help him - we just gave him temporary asylum," said Putin, according to NBC.

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TIME Puts Putin on Covers Across World, Except U.S.

7:24 AM, Sep 16, 2013

Time has put Vladimir Putin on the covers of various editions of its September 16, 2013 magazine, distributed across the world. It's appearing almost everywhere -- in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific.

Everywhere, that is, except for one location: Time magazines in America. 

Americans are being treated to a special cover story claiming "It's Time To Pay College Athletes."

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Panel Plus on Winners and Losers in the Syria Deal

11:42 AM, Sep 15, 2013

Bill Kristol, with Brit Hume, Jane Harman, and Charles Lane, earlier today on the Internet-only Panel Plus:

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'Barack, I Own You'

9:43 AM, Sep 13, 2013

The New York Post imagines the first draft of Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed:

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Boehner on Putin Op-Ed: 'I Was Insulted'

11:35 AM, Sep 12, 2013

John Boehner, the Republican House speaker, told reporters Thursday he was "insulted" by the op-ed article in the New York Times by Russian president Vladimir Putin on the Syrian conflict. The Washington Free Beacon has the video:

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Snowden Attorney a Putin Crony

2:19 PM, Jul 16, 2013

Edward Snowden's lawyer is a Putin crony, the AFP reports.

"US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will stay in the transit zone of the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for three weeks while Russian authorities process his asylum request, a lawyer helping him said Tuesday," reports the AFP.

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Obama Talks to Putin About Snowden; No Details Released

5:54 PM, Jul 12, 2013

President Obama talked with Russian chief Vladimir Putin on the phone today about Edward Snowden, according to the White House. But no further details about the conversation concerning Snowden have been released.

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U.S. Responds to Human Rights Concerns From Russia Over Gitmo Hunger Strike

5:31 PM, Jun 06, 2013

Thursday, at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gary Robbins delivered another response to the "many concerns" expressed by Russia about the ongoing hunger strike by many of the terrorist detainees at the Guantánamo Bay facility:

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Putin to Sea

9:21 AM, Jun 03, 2013

As Alexei Anishchuk of Reuters reports:

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