When Crimea’s new premier traveled down the Black Sea coast for unscheduled talks with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi this month, he was accompanied by a man described by one Kremlin insider as Russia’s George Soros.
Western leaders are counting on the threat of wide-ranging sanctions to make Vladimir Putin pause for breath after swallowing Crimea. If they can’t, the Russian president may opt to move deeper into Ukraine.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin plans to change his public image after more than a decade as Russia’s top politician to stem discontent over Dec. 4 elections that may hurt his bid to return to the Kremlin.
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 rearguard against the swell of uprising, dozens of pro-Russia Ukrainians defend a statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Kharkiv, the first stop for fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych as he fled the capital.