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Imran Abim
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Russians say 'nyet' to vodka and cigarettes
Russian President Vladimir Putin might have made Russians a lot healthier, according to state statistics.

Russians say 'nyet' to vodka and cigarettes
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Vladimir Putin appeared in public Monday for the first time since March 5, calling speculation about his health "gossip."
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ASTANA, March 11 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has postponed a visit to Kazakhstan, officials from both countries said on Wednesday, though the Kremlin dismissed another report that plans had changed because the Russian president was unwell.

Putin delays Kazakh visit, no health problems says Kremlin | Usum
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Vladimir Putin has said Russia will fight for an independent Palestinian state, and called for the issues of the Middle East to be resolved through peaceful means.

Despite international criticism over Russia’s own role in the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Putin was hailed last week by a St Petersburg Cossack group for his ability to “bring order and stop wars”.

In an address to the Arab League summit in Egypt on Saturday, Mr Putin spoke against foreign intervention in countries’ internal disputes and spoke of the role Russia can play in diplomatic channels.

Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
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Vladimir Putin History and Life Synopsis
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Vladimir Putin History and Life Synopsis
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Putin: Russia Will Fight Palestinian Rights

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Vladimir Putin has said Russia will fight for an independent Palestinian state, and called for the issues of the Middle East to be resolved through peaceful means.



Despite international criticism over Russia’s own role in the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Putin was hailed last w...

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john tellnott
36 minutes ago
Putin's Problem: Corruption, Not Just Sanctions


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Not very many world leaders could have addressed their nation and told citizens they would have a tough two years ahead, as Vladimir Putin did last week in his end-of-the-year address to Russian journalists, blaming Western sanctions against Russia and falling oil prices for the economic shambles the country finds itself in for the third time since the end of the Communist regime in 1989.
Putin’s problems may be exacerbated by Western sanctions, but the greater, fundamental problem is the country’s near-total dependence on oil and gas for foreign trade and hard currency. Though economists tell me that massive government spending on the Sochi Olympics forestalled the current economic decline (in the works since perhaps 2010?), as oil prices went into free-fall, the Russian ruble has followed suit, losing roughly half its worth against the US Dollar since the beginning of the year.
The way forward lies, as even Putin understands, in diversifying the economy – allowing not just multinational companies to invest in the country, but making it easier for Russians themselves to start businesses. The problem? Corruption.
Not just outright bribes, but a Byzantine system of laws and regulations that allows officials and courts to pick and choose among various rules and directives until they find the one that will give them the desired result. Even officials trying to do an honest job create problems for businesses because of rampant confusion over which regulations actually apply.
Lawful Business?

Regulation is about punishing business, not about helping business to behave properly,” economics professor Natalya Volchkova of Moscow’s New Economic School, told me in a phone interview for this blog post a few days ago.
“We need law-abiding business to feel safe and secure with regard to the state”. She is not referring to businessmen but to the people who create the business system. “It is very easy to put people (businessmen and women) in prison for small infractions,” she says.
She claims that between 2003 and today, the Russian economics industry adopted more than 180,000 (repeat: 180-thousand) new regulatory notices. “Just to know all of them is very difficult,” she continues. “And there is no cross-checking to see if the new regulations conflict with existing ones, so prosecutors can choose which conflicting regulation to apply.”
So we’re not talking about simply clearing out and re-writing or updating decades of regulation, but in changing the way in which these regulations are applied (and the ability of those in charge to use the regulations to improve their own financial position).
In early December to reduce the number of official inspections of business. In today’s Russia, the tax inspector is as feared as the former KGB. “Tax inspections come regularly,” Volchkova continues. “ They may find things ‘wrong’ and estimate a fine. You can appeal in court, but while you’re waiting for the case to actually come to court, the tax inspectors can freeze your accounts. Even if you win, it takes months to regain access to your account.” She points to one archaic regulation: “The regulatory system is still heavily based upon the Communist ideals of ‘protecting’ Russian society.’ If your client does not pay, YOU could be responsible and you can face heavy fines.”
Any change, she suggests, will be opposed by the tax authorities ”because it will cut their budgets and influence. Russia has never had what you could call a ‘normal market’ in which the law-biding business could focus on competition rather than fighting the state.”
The end of Communism turned everyone and everything on its head, rendering salaries in Ruble worthless, destroying the Soviet system of privileges (once-important Soviet economists, for example, were no longer in demand), and bringing black marketeers – the only ones who actually understood the free market system – out of the dark and making them a force with which to be reckoned.
Then there was the collapse of the Ruble in 1998, when it the central bank could no longer afford to deplete its hard currency reserves propping up the domestic currency. Overnight, the Ruble dropped from 7 to the USD to 28. Foreign firms pulled out and inward investment dried up, but the Russians themselves (who had been keeping most of their money under the mattress anyway…) endured.
Diversity from Adversity?
One positive upshot of this period was the development of a certain amount of independence and the subsequent creation of new activity: unable to afford foreign imports, Russians began to develop their own businesses. TNK oil (now TNK-BP BP), for example, began making its mark by focusing on the domestic gasoline consumer – building clean and comfortable gasoline stations to replace the hazardous unsanitary pumping islands dotting the country.

The same thing could happen today. Russians will have to be more self-sufficient economically while their economy languishes and their currency loses value on foreign exchange markets. It is an opportunity for creating the diversity everyone talks about. But that won’t happen until the authorities make it easier to start a business – and that means dealing with the corruption underlying the mounds of regulations that act as a snare and a deterrent to new business.
“My parents’ career and lives were significantly disrupted by the collapse of the Soviet Union,” the 45-year-old Volchkova says. “I had hoped that their generation would be the last one to pay for the inefficiencies of the soviet economy. Now we’re in a position where I fear my kids will still be paying the price.”
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21 hours ago
Russia Seeks Membership in AIIB #russia #dollar #aiib +AMTV 

Vladimir Putin’s calls for a Eurasian currency union clearly demonstrate that the Russian President is acutely aware of the fact that the unipolar world of the 1980s is long gone.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a rally and concert outside the Kremlin, where more than 100,000 people have gathered, to celebrate the anniversary of Russia's re-unification with Crimea.

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Putin calls for Arabs to solve their problems peacefully .. and Faisal reacted violently
Shen Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin, yesterday, during the closing session of the Arab summit, accusing him of supporting the instability in the Arab world, through its support of Syrian President Bashar al-A...
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Akhina com
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Tak Terduga, Menlu Saudi 'Tampar' Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin di KTT Liga Arab
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adeleke taiwo
1 hour ago
Obama, Putin's personal details accidentally disclosed
Katrina Bishop | @KatrinaBishop Personal details of world leaders—including U.S. President
Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin—were
accidentally disclosed by an employee of the Australian immigration
department, The Guardian reported...

Obama, Putin's personal details accidentally disclosed
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Putin's looming offensive against Mariupol
In July, 2014, just after the downing of flight MH17 by Putin's proxies and Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, Matt Chorley reported that,   "Vladimir Putin has been branded a ‘thug’ and a ‘liar’ by one of Britain’s top di...

Putin's looming offensive against Mariupol
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Kyle Cisco
20 hours ago
Book Review "Man Without a Face The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
This book was very informative even though as was the case with most soviet rulers the biography of the man was self written with many exaggerations in it that doesn't distract from the story of how the man no one really knew became the Prime Minister and l...

Book Review "Man Without a Face The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
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Zafar Aliyev
5 minutes ago
     İrəvana səfəri çərçivəsində Vladimir Putin Ermənistanı Dağlıq Qarabağ ətrafındakı 7 rayonun Azərbaycanın nəzarətinə qaytarmağa məcbur edə bilər. 
           Rusiya Dövlət Dumasının İrəvanda rəsmi səfərdə olan komitə sədri Leonid Slutskinin sözlərindən bunu anlamaq mümkün olur. Rusiya rəsmisi bildirib ki, aprel ayına nəzərdə tutulan səfəri çərçivəsində Rusiya prezidenti Vladimir Putin Serj Sarkisyanla Qarabağ məsələsi dərindən müzakirə edəcək.  
            “Ümid edirəm ki, Qarabağ nizamnlanması üzrə bütün sağlam səylər yaxın gələcəkdə nəzərə çarpacaq nəticələrə gətirəcək”, - deyə Leonid Slutski vurğulayıb. Rusiyalı siyasətçi münaqişənin Madrid prinsipləri əsasında həll edilməsini vacib sayır. “Münaqişəni Madrid prnisipləri əsasında həll etmək lazımdır. Rusiya Qarabağ məsələsinin əsas sülhməramlısı olaraq qalır”, - deyə Slutski vurğulayıb.   

Apreldə 7 rayon qaytarıla bilər - Putin Serji sıxır
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Allyson Christy
21 hours ago
"Putin phones Netanyahu with congratulations" - Debkafile


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"Russian President Vladimir Putin called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Saturday to congratulate him on winning his re-election bid and wished him luck on forming a coalition, according to an official statement from the Kremlin. The statement said the two leaders spoke about various issues involving their states and discussed regional topics as well. The two expressed concern about the escalation in Yemen."

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Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy
Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian Pres...

Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy
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anieta gelderen
42 minutes ago
Clear & president danger: Poll shows Republicans more scared of Obama than Putin
A third of Republicans in the United States believe President Obama is a more imminent threat to their country than Russian President Vladimir Putin. They believe the same about Syria’s Bashar Assad, a poll has revealed. There is no measure of apprehension ...

Clear & president danger: Poll shows Republicans more scared of Obama than Putin
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john tellnott
38 minutes ago
Following Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s assassination, various Russian media outlets supporting the government characterised him - as if reading from a script - as a rather insignificant politician.
But as international media coverage of thousands attending his funeral attest, the opposite is true. Nemtsov, a pro-market and pro-democracy campaigner, was one of the most prominent outspoken and charismatic critics of Putin’s regime.
Born in Sochi in 1959, and educated in Nizhniy Novgorod as a physicist, Boris Nemtsov entered his professional life as a promising early career researcher, publishing more than 60 academic well-regarded papers.
But he came to a political prominence in the late 1980s during Gorbachev’s time, as an environmental campaigner in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia’s fifth largest city and an important administrative and transportation hub. Remarkably, the campaign was initiated by Boris’ mother, a medical practitioner, who noted abnormal illness and premature death statistics in the region.
In 1991 Boris was elected a member of the first quasi-democratic parliament of Russian Federation, representing Nizhniy Novgorod. There he became known to President Boris Yeltsin, and was initially appointed and then elected as the Governor of Nizhniy Novgorod region, becoming a member of the Federation Cancel – the upper chamber of the Parliament of Russia.
Then only in his 30s, Boris gained a reputation as an honest provincial governor in the country transitioning to a market economy. He converted Nizhniy Novgorod, closed to foreigners in the Soviet time (Remember Andrei Sakharov was in exile there), into an open city with an international airport. He promoted entrepreneurship. One of his important projects was restoring the historic Nizhniy Novgorod Fair, making it an attractive modern trading place. He also initiated social programs, in particular, social housing.
But perhaps his main achievement was land reform. Long before any legal framework for land property rights was established at the federal level, he managed to make visible progress towards efficient market-based farming replacing the counter-productive collective farm system.
Yeltsin moved him to Moscow and made him First Deputy Prime Minister (the youngest person to gain this position). Initially, Nemtsov’s career flourished, with oversight of important portfolios of fuel, energy, railway transport, anti-monopoly policies and infrastructure. In 1997, Nemtsov was pushed to nominate for presidential elections, although eventually he decided not to run.
But inevitably, Nemtsov was unable to negotiate the corrupted government bureaucracy, Russia’s emerging corporate oligarchs, and the old-style management of public infrastructure. The reform agenda stalled, and his popularity plummeted.
After Nemtsov’s dismissal from the government in 1999 and until his death he became one of the leaders of right pro-market and pro-democracy forces trying to reincarnate the losing popularity democratic movement. He gradually became one of the most active and outspoken critics of Putin’s regime.
In 2008 Nemtsov (with his co-author Vladimir Milov), analysing the first two Putin’s terms as President, concluded that the open corruption of oligarchs who took advantage of economic reforms in early 1990s was replaced, under Putin, with the theft of billions of dollars by the bureaucracy, covered up through multi-step transactions to foreign accounts of trusted beneficiaries. They were especially critical of Kremlin-controlled mass media, where mentioning corruption, especially at the highest levels of power, became taboo.
Two years later the two men published an analytical report, supported by solid socio-economic data, charging Putin’s regime, particularly its corruption, with Russia’s decline. They convincingly proved that the country had been dying out demographically; the environment was in catastrophic state; the economy, excluding the natural resource sector had been sliding down; the upgrade of infrastructure had nearly stopped; while inequality dramatically increased; and the social programs, such as housing and age pension system, collapsed. They concluded that “de-putinisation” was the only way out of the dead end Russia was in.
The authorities responded by trying to intimidate Nemtsov, detaining him in December 2010 for his participation in a non-authorised rally.
Most recently, Nemtsov openly supported the democratic revolution in Ukraine, condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its role in the war in the South East of the country. That appeared to be too much for whoever is responsible for his death.
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13 hours ago
Staunton, February 18 – As Vladimir Putin’s rule has taken on ever more features of fascism, analysts have focused on those fascist and proto-fascist writers he has cited in his speeches. But there may be a more immediate model: Admiral Kolchak who has…
john tellnott
34 minutes ago
High in a dilapidated Soviet-era tower block miles from the centre of Moscow, the door opens to a small, tidy flat. It belongs to Alexei Navalny, once touted as the most potent threat to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to emerge in Russia in recent years.
Since February, the politician and activist has been under house arrest. A voracious social-media user with a talent for 140-character attacks on the Kremlin, the 38-year-old is banned from using the telephone or internet, though his wife can use them. He can only leave the confines of his flat when a police van drives him to hearings of his latest court case.
In a recent relaxation of the terms of his arrest, he is now allowed to speak to people other than his relatives, meaning that for the first time in six months, his colleagues and friends can visit him. He is also able to receive journalists, and the Guardian is the first of the international press to see him since his house arrest began.
Dressed in a blue T-shirt and jeans, he pads barefoot through the small flat into the kitchen, where his wife, Yulia, pours tea. A tagging bracelet around his ankle ensures that if he leaves the flat, the police will be alerted immediately.
“I’m really sick of sitting at home,” he says, with a wry smile. In the corner of the living room is a cross trainer, the only way he can get exercise. “But I’ve had experience of real arrest for up to 15 days several times, and it’s much easier to put up with house arrest when you understand what the alternative is.”
Navalny was the great hope of the wave of street protests that shook Moscow in 2011-2012, with many opposition-minded Russians confidently predicting he would become the next president of Russia.
Those protests petered out after a vicious crackdown saw court cases against its leaders and some ordinary protesters, but Navalny is still the most worrying opposition figure for the Kremlin. Some uneasy liberals point to his nationalist streak and see in him a charismatic but dangerous demagogue.
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What is clear is that he is able to win support among voters: despite smears on state television and little access to any normal type of campaigning, he managed to win 27% of the vote in last autumn’s Moscow mayoral elections.
Since then, a lot has happened, notably the annexation of Crimea and the fighting in east Ukraine. A summit in Milan on Friday attended by Putin, Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and other European leaders including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, failed to reinforce the faltering ceasefire.
Despite the fact that many Russian nationalists support the separatists in east Ukraine, Navalny feels Putin has laid the groundwork for his regime’s eventual collapse.
“There’s a lot of commentary now that Putin has shown he’s not about money, and about enriching his businessmen buddies, but he has decided to build a great nation, a great Russia or to resurrect the Soviet Union,” says Navalny, who first became known for his anti-corruption investigations, unveiling the secret mansions and foreign accounts of Putin cronies and government officials. “I think in reality it’s all much more simple. Putin has resorted to the method that various leaders have used for centuries: using war or military actions to solve internal problems and boost ratings. That happens even in democratic countries – look at Bill Clinton in Yugoslavia.”
Unlike most of the liberal opposition, who have never found a common language with ordinary Russians, there was always a sense in the Kremlin that Navalny could be dangerous; a fear that his nationalism and charisma could appeal not only to the Moscow hipsters, but equally to the provincial masses, tired of seeing rampant corruption blight the country’s governance.
Those in power have long been split about how to deal with the troublesome campaigner; some believe he should be locked up, others think he should be free but closely monitored. For a while in 2013, it looked as if an allegation of embezzling funds from a timber company in the city of Kirov would put him in prison; but he was released after a surprise about-face, given a suspended sentence, and allowed to run in Moscow’s mayoral elections.
His good showing there clearly spooked some of those in power. A second court case, based on claims that Navalny and his brother defrauded a Russian subsidiary of the French chain Yves Rocher, began. In February he was put under house arrest, and the case has been rumbling on since.
The strategy for now seems to be to shut him up without causing too much of a scandal. To a large extent, it has worked. There has been little outcry over the fact that he is under house arrest – after all, he is not in jail – but at the same time, working on his anti-corruption investigations has become impossible and he has largely disappeared from public discourse.
With everything else happening in Russia, even the hearings of the second court case receive just a fraction of attention that the Kirov case received. Navalny says about 30 prosecution witnesses have been called so far, and “all of them ended up testifying in our favour – it’s stupid and completely absurd.”
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Navalny with his wife, Yulia, in Moscow after he was unexpectedly released from jail in Kirov in 2013. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
He puts the strange zigzagging in the case down to the fact that nobody lower down in the system knows what to do with him.
“Obviously it will be a guilty verdict, but what the sentence will be can only be decided by one man, and that man has a lot of stuff on his plate besides me at the moment. He’s fighting a war against Obama, against the west, against God knows what else.”
The authorities continue to keep Navalny on his toes, and there is always the threat of new criminal cases. Sometimes the charges appear so flimsy they veer into the realm of the absurd. Over the summer, his flat was raided by investigators who seized a picture. The picture had been drawn by a street artist in the town of Vladimir, and been on display on a public wall. Someone pilfered it, and gave it to Navalny as a present.
“The artist has given interviews everywhere saying he never sells his art, that he doesn’t care that it was taken, that he doesn’t want there to be a court case, but they just ignore him – the case exists. From the case materials we can see that FSB [security services] generals are working on the case. They have six top investigators working on it!” Employees of Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation have been questioned, searches carried out, computers and telephones seized.
Indeed, Navalny is such a toxic figure in Russia that any association with him can lead to trouble. In the Kirov court case, a former business partner was hauled into the dock alongside the politician; his brother Oleg is also on trial in the current case.
“That’s one of the most unpleasant parts of my work, because everything that happens around me is basically one giant court case, which spreads out to engulf the people that are close to me,” he says.
It was hinted at several times that he would be better off leaving the country, but he decided to stay. Is he really more use to the opposition cause under house arrest, or potentially in jail, than he would be from abroad?
“Why should I leave? I have not committed any crime. You can agree or disagree with my political position but it’s absolutely legal. And along with me, 90% of Russians think corruption is high, and 80% of Russians think we should bring criminal cases against corrupt officials. It’s also an important matter of trust. If I want people to trust me, then I have to share the risks with them and stay here. How can I call on them to take part in protests and so on if they are risking things and I am not?”
He says it is pointless to make predictions either about his own fate or about how much longer Putin will be in power. Navalny has set up a political party, although it is not able to contest elections, and says he still harbours ambitions that one day he will be actively involved in politics, “including fighting for the top job”.
As for how Putin will finally end up leaving the Kremlin – through a split in the elite, a violent revolution or a democratic transition – Navalny believes one thing is for certain: “In Russia, it will not be elections that provide a change of government.”
Navalny in his own words
On Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly owner of Yukos, Russia’s biggest oil company, who was jailed in 2003, released in 2013 and now lives abroad:
“Perhaps if he had stayed an oligarch, I would have had a lot of points of dispute with him, particularly on the rights of minority shareholders, which I worked on as a lawyer. Yukos was famous for various corporate battles. But that was 10 years ago, and discussing it is pointless. I don’t see any position that Khodorkovsky has now that I don’t share.”
On Putin’s reaction to Ukraine:
“Out of nowhere, without any warning, boom: suddenly a genuine, anti-criminal revolution. This was a terrible blow for Putin, a hundred times more painful that the Georgian events, than [former president Mikheil] Saakashvili and his anti-corruption reforms. He cannot allow this in Ukraine. So I think one of his strategic goals in the coming years will be to do absolutely everything to undermine the Ukrainian state, to ensure that no reforms work, so that everything ends in failure.”
On the consequences of Russian actions in Ukraine:
“Putin likes to speak about the ‘Russian world’ but he is actually making it smaller. In Belarus, they sing anti-Putin songs at football stadiums; in Ukraine they simply hate us. In Ukraine now, there are no politicians who don’t have extreme anti-Russian positions. Being anti-Russian is the key to success now in Ukraine, and that’s our fault.”
On what he would ask Putin
“I would be interested to understand his motivations, particularly on Ukraine. Because he is destroying our country. It will all collapse, and surely he can’t not understand that it’s all going to collapse.
“If he wants to be an authoritarian leader, then that’s one thing. But why doesn’t he want to be a Russian Lee Kuan Yew? Why does he want to base his authoritarian regime on corruption? There are other ways of doing it.”
On finding the ‘Putin account’:
“I think there are probably a number of numbered accounts in Swiss banks where money is kept that Putin considers his personal money. But in the main it is all kept by nominal holders, like [head of Russian Railways Vladimir] Yakunin or the Rotenbergs [two billionaire brothers, who are childhood friends of Putin]. The money is communal.
“If intelligence services really wanted to find Putin’s money there would be ways of doing so, but all we can do is work with open sources and the information we get from insiders. We can’t show up at a Swiss bank and seize documents or analyse transfers. Corruption in Russia is so open that even we can find a huge amount. But to find Putin’s accounts, that’s beyond our capabilities.”
On how he spends his time under house arrest
“I’m reading a huge number of books; basically doing what everyone dreams of doing but never has time for. I’m watching the ‘250 best films ever’ one by one. All this American nonsense like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and other old films.”
Slava Bogu.
Everyone seems interested in Vladimir Putin, only yesterday Lebedev's "Independent" (which fired a journalist for telling the truth on police corruption) ran an article on Russian "trolls" attacking anti-Kremlin bloggers. Many government opposition folks in...

Slava Bogu.
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Kosher Press
22 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country will support efforts to build a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem. Putin pledged his support Saturday during a meeting of the Arab League in Sharm el-Sheik. “Palestinians have the right…

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CM Garza
42 minutes ago
By CNET: Australian G20 organisers have been left red faced after it was revealed an email autofill error led to a leak of passport details for 31 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and more. * More Of: G20 world leaders' personal…