Vladimir Putin

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

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 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...

How Vladimir Putin has vexed US presidents for 15 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin has challenged US presidents for nearly two decades.

Peter Baker For years, Putin has defied the assumptions of US presidents and rebuffed their efforts at friendship.

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...

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".

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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.

Vladimir Putin loosens Sochi Olympics protest ban

Ruble coins made to commemorate the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Steven Lee Myers President Vladimir Putin on Saturday eased a sweeping ban on public protests in Sochi, Russia, starting Tuesday and continuing through the Olympic Games next month and the Paralympic Games in March.

Vladimir Putin demands 'convincing' proof on Syria

Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has suggested Russia could approve military strikes against the Syrian regime if the West presented watertight evidence of chemical weapons crimes, but warned the use of...

Vladimir Putin says Russia will 'help Syria' if US attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putinwalks past U.S. President Barack Obama

Russia will keep on supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government if the US launches strikes against the Middle East country, President Vladimir Putin said.

Vladimir Putin threatens UN Syria vote over US threat of force

Vladimir Putin.

An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council has been cancelled and the diplomatic initiative to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons is under threat

Vladimir Putin: Strongman

Gallery Vladimir Putin: Strongman

A staff member serves champagne at the opening of the art exhibition of artist Alexey Sergienko dedicated to Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Moscow October 7, 2012. President Putin turns 60 on Sunday, his grip on power weaker than in the past but under little immediate threat if the oil price stays high.

A selection of pictures of the Russian President over the years.

Ukraine crisis: Kiev's push falters as militants seize army vehicles

Pro-Russia activists block Ukrainian soldiers riding on armoured vehicles in Kramatorsk.

Andrew Kramer A highly publicised Ukrainian army operation to retake control of Slaviansk and other eastern cities from pro-Russia insurgents appeared to falter badly, with one column of armoured vehicles...

Putin says Russia may invade Ukraine to protect locals

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sergei Loiko President Vladimir Putin reserves the right to move troops into Ukraine on behalf of pro-Russian residents as three separatists are killed during attack.

Ukraine crisis: Breakthrough deal reached to stop violence

Done deal: US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Karen DeYoung Diplomatic pact commits all parties to stop violent acts and ''de-escalate'' in the next few days.

Ukraine crisis: what does Putin want?

Russian President Vladimir Putin: subversion from within - not attack from without - has emerged as his favoured technique for controlling events in Ukraine.

David Blair When is an invasion not an invasion? No Russian tanks have rolled across Ukraine's eastern frontier and no spearhead infantry units are ravaging the post-industrial wastes of the Donbas, yet the...

Ukraine asks UN for help as pro-Russian militias defy deadline to seize more ground

A Pro-Russian activist stands during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka.

Andrew Kramer and Andrew Higgins As Pro-Russian militias seize more ground, Ukraine gets desperate and the West threatens sanctions and accuses Moscow of being behind the unrest.

Moscow threatens talks pullout as Kiev strikes back

Sergei Loiko Vladimir Putin has demanded UN condemnation as Ukraine's interim government moved against militants in the country's east.