Vladimir Putin

MH17: Dutch father writes emotional letter to Vladimir Putin

Alexandra Back A heartbroken Dutch father who lost his only daughter on MH17 has written on open letter to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian President that he has ruined his life.

Vladimir Putin breaks silence on MH17 crash: let's not politicise this tragedy, he says

Vladimir Putin doesn't want tragedy politicised.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, the leader at the centre of the international crisis over the downed Malaysia Airlines' plane has broken his silence, saying no country should use the tragedy for...

Fractured Ukraine shows neither Barack Obama nor Vladimir Putin are in control

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Paul McGeough When Vladimir Putin told Barack Obama by phone of the downed Malaysian aircraft the real lesson for these two powerful men was that they are not in full control.

Vladimir Putin blames Ukraine for MH17 tragedy

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Timothy Heritage Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Ukraine bore responsibility for the downing of a passenger plane in the country's east, saying it would not have happened if Kiev had not resumed a...

Vladimir Putin denies reports that Russia plans to reopen Cuban spy base

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro in Havana.

Juan Tamayo Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying reports that his government had reached an agreement to reopen the Lourdes electronic eavesdropping base in Cuba, which once monitored a broad range of US...

How Wayback Machine and other digital sleuths are unravelling the mystery of MH17

Igor Girkin, a Russian separatist leader, claimed responsibility on social media for the shooting of  a Ukrainian military transport plane shortly before reports MH17 had crashed.

Caitlin Dewey In the agonizing quest to pin down exactly what happened when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down over Ukraine last week, Web archivists and other digital sleuths are playing an unusual -...

Britain to hold public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko

New investigation: Alexander Litvinenko in hopsital after being poisoned in November 2006.

Britain said on Tuesday it will hold a public inquiry into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Russia's Vladimir Putin makes peace overture in first talks with Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko

Talking: Ukraine's president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin during the D-Day commemoration ceremony in Normandy.

Colin Freeman Russia used the D-Day commemorations to signal an apparent detente over the Ukraine conflict, as Vladimir Putin met the country's new leader for the first time and called for an end to fighting on...

Vladimir Putin spins Russian Spring in Ukraine

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Helen Womack Moscow: If there was any doubt that the Russian-speaking insurgents in eastern Ukraine were being directed by the Kremlin, they were dispelled on hearing rebel leader Denis Pushilin pick up the words...

Vladimir Putin retreats in battle for Ukraine's future

Russian President Vladimir Putin (r) has struck a conciliatory tone over Ukraine.

David Blair President Vladimir Putin has made a calculated retreat over Ukraine's crisis, urging the pro-Russian insurgents who control large areas of Donetsk to postpone a referendum on the status of the region.

Separatists defy Kiev and Vladimir Putin on referendum

C.J. Chivers, David Herszenhorn Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine have vowed to press ahead with a referendum seeking autonomy, a risky move that seemed to defy their political patron, President Vladimir Putin of Russia,...

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin talk for first time since Ukraine crisis

Presidents hold informal talks amid the worst crisis in ties between the United States and Russia in decades over the unrest in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin backs Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi for Egyptian presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Egypt's Military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Henry Meyer Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has decided to run for the North African nation's top office, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, endorsing the bid as a "very responsible decision".

Ukraine: Tsar power pits Vladimir Putin's empire against the West

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Paul McGeough Never has one man been so misunderstood, so underestimated. Researchers have crawled over the life and learning of Vladimir Putin, hoping to understand a man whose designs on Ukraine's Crimea...

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused of orchestrating seizure of Ukrainian buildings

Pro-Russian supporters clash with members of the riot police as they storm the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Lina Kushch Ukraine accused Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, of orchestrating the seizure of state buildings in three eastern Ukrainian cities by pro-Russia protesters, in a further escalation of tensions...

Pro-Moscow protesters declare republic in Ukraine, ask Vladimir Putin for troops

Uprising: Pro-Russian activists wave communist flags during a rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

David Herszenhorn Under the attentive eye of Russian state television, several hundred pro-Russian demonstrators in the city of Donetsk declared they were forming an independent republic and urged Russian President...

Edward Snowden defends question to Vladimir Putin on spying, calls response 'evasive'

Accused US government whistle-blower Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin whether Russia uses mass surveillance programs on Russian television.

William Branigin Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor now living in exile in Russia, is defending his appearance on a televised call-in program with President Vladi­mir Putin,...

Does Russia spy on millions? Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin on live TV

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Sergei L. Loiko Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia, made a surprise appearance at President Vladimir Putin's annual televised call-in session to ask...

Russian roulette at Sochi Games as Vladimir Putin steps up hyperbole

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Park.

Nick Miller The Winter Olympics have always been the eccentric cousin of the movement. These are the games that brought us Eddie the Eagle, Cool Runnings and Steven Bradbury's gold. Not to mention curling.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games: Vladimir Putin gets cuddly with leopards and reporters

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When Vladimir Putin, rugged outdoorsman and tough-guy Russian President, came face-to-face with a Persian leopard on Tuesday, he was more than comfortable.