Josef Stalin built a massive luxury apartment compound across the river from the Kremlin to both reward and spy on his closest comrades. The one Vladimir Putin built for his clique is smaller and harder to find.
Pavel Fradkov, the younger son of Russia’s Foreign Intellingence Chief, Mikhail Fradkov, may become deputy head of the Federal Property Agency, which organizes state asset sales, Kommersant said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.
The U.S. and allies are seeking ways to increase pressure on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad after Russian and Chinese vetoes blocked efforts at the United Nations Security Council to support a political transition.
Russia accused Western powers of sabotaging a deal over Syria at the United Nations as its foreign minister headed to Damascus in a bid to nudge President Bashar al-Assad toward a political settlement.
The U.S. will work with its allies to put “immense pressure” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down after Russia vetoed a resolution aimed at ending the fighting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pressed artillery attacks against the central city of Homs after Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at ending the fighting.