March 21, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed legislation making Crimea officially part of Russia. The bills passed the House almost unanimously despite significant international criticism. Others have called the measure necessary to protect the ethnic Russians within Crimea, with Foreign ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Russian State Duma on Thursday voted nearly unanimously to approve Russia's annexation of Crimea despite threats of further sanctions from Western powers. The vote coincided with the arrival of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow, who came to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin ...[read more]
March 18, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Russian President Vladimir Putin and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty on Tuesday that incorporates Crimea, currently a part of Ukraine, into the Russian Federation. The agreement comes after a referendum in which more than 95 percent of Crimean voters, largely ethnic Russians, elected to ...[read more]
March 2, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
During a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, US President Barack Obama condemned Russia's violation of Ukrainian sovereignty after Russian forces had taken up positions in Ukraine. Earlier that day, Russian lawmakers unanimously authorized the use of armed forces to ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Moscow's Basmanny District Court on Friday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to two months of house arrest. Navalny is also banned from using communication devices or the Internet. Navalny has been a harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin through his blog and other social media. ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and the ...[read more]
February 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Russian court on Monday sentenced seven anti-Putin protesters to up to four years in prison for rioting and inciting violence against police at a 2012 protest. The protesters were arrested the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in 2012, ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Moscow's Zamoskvoretksy District Court convicted eight anti-Kremlin protesters on Friday of rioting and violence against police at a protest in 2012. The protestors were arrested the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in 2012, police cut off ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday pardoning former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and releasing him from prison. Khodorkovsky has already spent over a decade in prison for fraud, theft and money laundering. In a statement posted on his website, Khodorkovsky said he had ...[read more]
December 10, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich stated on Tuesday at a televised round-table discussion that a working group is likely to return to Brussels to continue talks on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, a planned trade pact with the EU. Yanukovich's earlier decision to abandon the trade pact was ...[read more]

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