The European Union imposed a second round of sanctions targeting 12 Russian political and military officials involved in Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine. As a previous step, the EU imposed sanctions on 21 Ukrainian and Russian individuals.
U.S. President Barack Obama imposed financial sanctions on several billionaire associates and top aides of President Vladimir Putin as he increased pressure on Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s reaction will be “reciprocal and swift” after Russia barred nine U.S. lawmakers and officials in retaliation against earlier measures.
Premier Vladimir Putin’s party failed to win a majority in parliamentary elections, according to exit polls and early results, dealing the Russian leader his first electoral setback since he came to power a decade ago.
Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city where drug users used to be handcuffed to their beds to help them quit, exemplifies Russia’s efforts to stamp out the habit in a nation that has the most HIV-infected addicts.
President Dmitry Medvedev may back Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party this weekend to bolster its flagging support before a parliamentary vote as speculation mounts about which of them will run for the Kremlin next year.