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Putin invites Erdogan to opening of Central Mosque in Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, March 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he has arrived Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the opening of the Central Mosque in Crimea. "I’ve invited Turkish President Erdogan. He knows about that and, as far as I understand, he is very positive about this invit

TASS.COM - 2019-03-18 15:40:44

Frustration, anger on fifth anniversary of Crimea takeover

On the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, the operation remains a frustrating symbol of the West’s inability to roll back President Vladimir Putin’s risk-taking foreign policy, a top Ukrainian security official said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2019-03-19 04:00:00

Russia to deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Crimea

File photo. A Russian Tupolev Tu-22 Strategic Bomber flies over Moscow's Kremlin during the Victory Day parade on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 9 May 2016. [Maxim Shipenkov/EPA/EFE]

EURACTIV.COM - 2019-03-19 08:16:27

Leonid Bershidsky: Disrespect Putin and you’ll pay a $23,000 fine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised to sign four bills into law allowing him to clamp down on the last vestiges of press freedom. The ranks of independent media and bloggers that have tried to work under the country’s ever-tightening web of censorship are nearing the end of the road.


Fifth Anniversary of the Land Grab That Cost Russia Its Future

By mid-March 2014, Russian “little green men” took full control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. And on March 18, President Vladimir Putin made a jubilant address to the Russian Federation Council (upper chamber of parliament) on the “reunification” with Crimea, asserting, “In people’s hearts and min

JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION - 2019-03-18 21:19:00

Putin says Russia will lift counter-restrictions if EU cancels sanctions

SIMFEROPOL, March 18. /TASS/. Russia will lift counter-restrictions if the European Union abolishes its sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday at a meeting with Thierry Mariani, head of a delegation of French politicians and the President of the French-Russian Dialog Association.

TASS.COM - 2019-03-18 14:33:35

Provocations: Tips on wooing the ladies (DAVE NEESE COLUMN)

Way, way back in high school days I counted myself lucky to have a couple of "wingmen" who knew — or claimed to know — the lines that would work wonders with the girls. "We'll handle this," they'd say, approaching the lasses as "At the Hop," Danny and the Junior's hit tune, played in the background.


Amb. Burns: Trump’s kindness towards Putin seen as weakness by Russians

As a former U.S Ambassador to Russia, William Burns witnessed first-hand the personality and working style of Russian President Vladimir Putin. From his standpoint, President Trump’s tendency to placate Putin is perceived as weakness to the Russian leader, not strength. Amb. Burns, the author of a n


A Russian 'troll slayer' went undercover at a troll factory and found that hundreds of Russians were working as paid trolls in rotating shifts

Savchuk found that the organization was broken up into departments: "news division," the "social media seeders", and a group dedicated to producing visual memes known as "demotivators."

BUSINESS INSIDER - 2019-03-18 20:13:11

Anna Nemtsova: Trump’s biker threat came from the Putin playbook

MOSCOW—They call themselves The Night Wolves, “a new kind of motorcycle club,” or, sometimes, “Putin’s Angels.” And just as much as the Orthodox Church or the military, the Wolves have become a symbol of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. But the idea that they might be used as his extra-legal enforcers in ti


Bosnian Branch of ‘Putin’s Angels’ Enjoys Political Backing

Like the original Night Wolves in Russia, a Bosnian Serb branch of the motorcycle gang enjoys close ties to the political elite. A roughly 1.5-million-euro tender for construction of a mini hydropower plant in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska has been awarded to a company with no previous experience in the


Delegation for 3.15.19: DREAM again — Rubio & Trump — Q poll — eyeballing Putin

“DREAMers and TPS recipients are Americans in almost every way but on paper.”. When the 115th Congress ended in December, so did hundreds of bills. One of those was the DREAM Act, which would have provided legal status and a path to citizenship for those falling into the Deferred Action for Childhoo


President Putin remembers a harpist’s 80th birthday

Emilia Moskvitina got a telegram from the Kremlin yesterday:. ‘You are rightly considered a bright, creative, enthusiastic person, an outstanding representative of the national school of harp playing. And of course, I especially note your multifaceted educational activities, tireless care for the up


Putin does not expect Calvey case to negatively affect investment climate

MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin does not believe it is right to link the case of Michael Calvey, the founder and senior partner of the private equity firm Baring Vostok Capital Partners, arrested in Russia on embezzlement charges, to Russia’s investment climate, Kremlin Sp


Russian oligarch Deripaska sues US over sanctions

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska filed suit against the US Treasury Friday, accusing it of illegally targeting him for sanctions and victimizing him as part of the Russia meddling investigation.


‘Satirical’ Video Game Allows Players To Murder Minorities As Hitler, Trump

A petition is calling for the removal of a video game, where gamers play as figures such as Jesus Christ, Adolf Hitler and President Trump — and has them kill minorities. “Jesus Strikes Back: Judgement Day” was released online in January. A Change.org petition has received about 3,000 of the 5,000 s

FORWARD - 2019-03-18 21:30:00

Putin condemns deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand

MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message to New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, offering condolences over a deadly terrorist attack in the city of Christchurch, where shooters targeted worshippers at two mosques, the Kremlin press service said.


Poroshenko promises to regain Crimea – after election

Five years after Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea began, President Petro Poroshenko has promised Kyiv will regain control of the peninsula if he is re-elected.

KPNEWS.COM - 2019-03-18 12:23:58

Five years after the annexation of Crimea, Russia has been left an international pariah

The referendum confirming the annexation of Crimea by Russia five years ago today marked a significant shift in the geopolitical relationship between Moscow and the West. For Vladimir Putin it was a sign that he could face down Nato with total impunity.


Turkish foreign minister says fluent in Russian enough to trade jokes with Putin

ANKARA, March 13. /TASS/. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told students at Antalya’s Mediterranean University on Wednesday that not only does he speak Russian well enough, his Russian is so fluent that he exchanged jokes with Russian President Vladimir Putin.