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Latest Vladimir Putin Items
In a move to further strengthen Kremlin control over Russian media, President Vladimir Putin ordered Monday the creation of a news agency that an influential lawmaker described as a "powerful propaganda" weapon and critics dubbed the "Ministry of Truth."
Elton John used his sold-out show in Moscow on Friday night as an opportunity to criticize Russia's controversial laws banning the "propaganda of homosexuality" to minors.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted Friday that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in Russia's upcoming amnesty.
Pope Francis had a closed-door meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the latest example of the pontiff’s deeper wade into politics than his Catholic Church predecessors.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to re-create a Russian sphere of influence in Ukraine, while President Obama is occupied with politics at home and in Iran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been intimidated like Mr. Obama, and took the wrong side against eastern neighbors by proposing European Union-Russian talks about long-independent states. Congress and Mr. Obama should help Ukraine retain free markets, and the freedom and democracy of their people ("Protests continue in tense Kiev as Ukraine tilts away from West toward Moscow," Web, Nov. 25).
Promotion of democracy is widely known to have become one of the main instruments of U.S. foreign policy. On closer examination of this policy, certain fairly awkward questions arise, such as, does this policy serve America well? Is it really good for the countries on the receiving end?
The U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan is prodding President Hamid Karzai to sign an agreement to allow U.S. troops to remain in the nation after 2014.
Since facing massive protests last winter, he has stifled nearly all domestic dissent and implemented widely criticized anti-gay laws as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The rising power of Russia's Vladimir Putin was in stark display this week as he commanded an audience with Pope Francis — and then forced the pontiff to wait for almost an hour for the face-to-face meeting.