Vladimir Putin’s efforts to regain influence in Ukraine after the leader he campaigned for was overthrown will be quiet and less extreme than anything like military action, analysts from Moscow to London said.
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.
Yury Luzhkov said the decision on when to step down as Moscow’s mayor will be his alone, even after the Kremlin abolished direct elections for regional leaders and reasserted its power to appoint them.
A Moscow court found three female punk performers guilty of hooliganism and inciting religious hatred in a trial that’s become an international symbol of President Vladimir Putin’s intolerance for dissent.