A detained billionaire who made a fortune as a middleman in Russia’s murky gas trade with Ukraine may hold the key for U.S. lawmakers seeking harsher sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, political risk experts predicted any threat to athletes and spectators would come from the restive Caucasus immediately to the east. As it turns out, violence to the west -- in Ukraine -- has instead seized global headlines.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he plans to pardon the country’s highest-profile prisoner stands to buoy the leader’s sagging human-rights stature just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics.
As Europe takes the lead in trying to end the bloodshed in the Ukrainian capital, Vladimir Putin is running out of options to shape events in a country that he sees as firmly within Russia’s sphere of influence.
Former oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky was released from prison after a surprise pardon by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which stands to buoy the Russian leader’s sagging human-rights record just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics.
When Igor Sechin was working as President Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff a decade ago, visitors to his Kremlin office noticed an unusual collection on the bookshelves: row after row of bound volumes containing minutes of Communist Party congresses.
A European court handed a partial victory to former managers of Yukos Oil Co., ruling that Russia had violated the company’s rights while rejecting a political motivation behind tax claims that led to its bankruptcy.