Putin takes a plunge: Russian president among thousands of Orthodox Christians braving icy dip in freezing waters to mark Epiphany

Across Russia and much of Eastern Europe, Orthodox believers submerged themselves in sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday to mark Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. … Read More >Putin takes a plunge: Russian president among thousands of Orthodox Christians braving icy dip in freezing waters to mark Epiphany

US media continues to try to link Trump to Kremlin, but in reality American Republicans have more in common with Putin’s opponents

American elites don’t understand that Russian ‘liberals’ are more similar to Republicans than Democrats. What’s more, Joe Biden, and other US centre-leftists, are politically closer to Vladimir Putin than the Moscow opposition. … Read More >US media continues to try to link Trump to Kremlin, but in reality American Republicans have more in common with Putin’s opponents

Antibodies for all! Putin orders mass vaccination against Covid-19 with Sputnik V jab to be offered to every Russian

President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian government to begin rolling out a coronavirus vaccine for the entire population from next week, with more than 1.5 million people having already received the jab. … Read More >Antibodies for all! Putin orders mass vaccination against Covid-19 with Sputnik V jab to be offered to every Russian

A long goodbye? Russian expert says pandemic will be over by summer, but Covid-19 here to stay as seasonal virus

The coronavirus pandemic in Russia could begin fading away by summer, one of the country’s top scientists has said. According to him, infections and deaths should tail off as more and more people develop protective antibodies. … Read More >A long goodbye? Russian expert says pandemic will be over by summer, but Covid-19 here to stay as seasonal virus

Sentences of ‘extremist’ group that planned armed takeover of Russia slashed weeks after Putin intervenes on human rights grounds

Four men at the center of a plot to overthrow the Russian government by force have had their sentences reduced by a Moscow court on Tuesday. All but one are currently serving a long term in a penal colony for their involvement. … Read More >Sentences of ‘extremist’ group that planned armed takeover of Russia slashed weeks after Putin intervenes on human rights grounds

Embattled Belarusian leader Lukashenko tells Russian TV he is a ‘squirrel’ and claims Putin as personal friend & political ally

While mass protests and civil unrest would be enough to drive almost any president nuts, Belarus’ veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko has said the opposition are out of their tree if they think they can get to him that easily . … Read More >Embattled Belarusian leader Lukashenko tells Russian TV he is a ‘squirrel’ and claims Putin as personal friend & political ally

In first meeting since bloody 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, Putin brings together leaders of Armenia & Azerbaijan for Moscow talks

Three months after Russia oversaw a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the two countries’ leaders to Moscow to negotiate the next steps in keeping the peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. … Read More >In first meeting since bloody 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, Putin brings together leaders of Armenia & Azerbaijan for Moscow talks

Capitol Hill violence was not a ‘victory’ for Putin: In reality, Russia fears consequences of ongoing US political instability

Despite the fact that neither Vladimir Putin nor any other senior Moscow official has ever publicly stated such a goal, it is nowadays almost a given in Western discourse that Russia is hell-bent on creating chaos in the world. … Read More >Capitol Hill violence was not a ‘victory’ for Putin: In reality, Russia fears consequences of ongoing US political instability

A very patient Putin: Russian President ‘still treats West well’ – despite facing colonial attitudes abroad, spokesman insists

For some, he’s the architect of a hybrid war against the West, responsible for everything from lost elections to the ‘cultural appropriation’ of beetroot soup. But the Kremlin claims Vladimir Putin is still out to make friends. … Read More >A very patient Putin: Russian President ‘still treats West well’ – despite facing colonial attitudes abroad, spokesman insists