Russian President Vladimir Putin is asking a court to show leniency for three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, who are on trial in Moscow on hooliganism charges.
CNN's Phil Black reports on Pussy Riot, the all-girl punk band that has challenged Vladimir Putin and divided Russia.
At the Group of 20 summit in Mexico, President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin had their first face-to-face meeting since Putin resumed the Russian presidency in May. The joint statement they issued afterward indicated several issues (including Iran and Syria) that the two sides would seek to cooperate on, but it did not announce any significant agreements to do so.
Brianna Keilar on President Obama's meeting with Russia's Putin on Iran and stimulating struggling global economies.
President Barack Obama said Monday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria and "agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war."
CNN's Zain Verjee spoke to former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov about Russia's opposition's anti-Putin rally.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Moscow on Tuesday, rejecting the legitimacy of President Vladimir Putin and demanding new elections, a prominent opposition leader said.
Here's a quick way to get arrested in modern Russia: Walk into a cathedral wearing a neon mask and carrying a guitar, stand on the pulpit and scream punk songs with lyrics like "Virgin Mary drive Putin away!"
Russian police are cracking down on protesters ahead of Vladimir Putin's inauguration. CNN's Phil Black reports.
Vladimir Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for more than a decade, was sworn in Monday as the country's president two months after winning back the job in an election clouded by allegations of widespread fraud.
Opening in select U.S. theaters next week, the documentary "Putin's Kiss" tells the story of a Russian teenager who became famous in the mid-2000s when she was shown on TV giving President Vladimir Putin a kiss on the cheek.
CNN's Phil Black's reports from a peaceful anti-Putin protest cleared by Moscow police.
A plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been foiled, Russia's state-run Channel One TV reported Monday, less than a week before presidential elections that Putin is expected to win.
A Russian state media TV network claims an alleged plot to kill Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been foiled.
The Russian spring may have been postponed this year, both on and offline.
Complaints of an unfair presidential election in Russia emerge as Vladimir Putin won by a wide margin.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has won Russia's presidential election, restoring the former KGB officer to the office he held for eight years before term limits forced him to step down in 2008.
CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the reaction to Vladimir Putin's election and the arrests of opposition protesters.
Thousands of people in Moscow rallied for and against Vladimir Putin in separate rallies Monday after official election results showed the Russian prime minister handily winning back the presidency.
No politician in Russia can draw a crowd like Vladimir Putin.
The Communist Party still has strong support, but CNN's Phil Black reports it's struggling to prevent another Putin term.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for unity as he appeared headed for a third term as president, declaring victory in an "open and honest fight" in Sunday's election.
The first refuge of tyrants and buffoons is to blame someone else for the messes they make. On the world stage, that usually means blaming America when things do not go their way.
The foiled plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin just days before the presidential election is certain to strengthen his margin of victory at the polls on Sunday.
CNN's Zain Verjee looks at Vladimir Putin's latest suggestive campaign ad that emphasizes his alpha male persona.
Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the New Jersey Nets and one of the world's richest men, will run for president of Russia.
On December 10 last year a huge crowd rallied in Moscow. The people were fired up about alleged election fraud and fed up with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. It was unprecedented in the country's post-Soviet history. Unthinkable in Putin's Russia.
Critics of Russia's once and possibly future president, Vladimir Putin, attempted to encircle central Moscow with a human chain Sunday in a show of strength before next week's presidential election.
Braving bitter cold, Muscovites in favor of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and those convinced parliamentary election results were rigged took to the streets Saturday.
CNN's Becky Anderson talks to "Russia First" author Peter Truscott about Vladimir Putin's growing political problems.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discounted calls for a review of the disputed December 4 parliamentary elections that have sparked widespread protests and calls for reform.
20 years after the USSR, CNN's Phil Black meets two generations of one family and reports on their very different lives.
Following the outcry over Russian election results, PM Vladimir Putin calls for camera surveillance in polling booths.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused U.S. drones and special forces of involvement in the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in comments Thursday.
The last few months have seen the ratings of Vladimir Putin and United Russia, Russia's ruling party, drop so sharply that the Kremlin's polling agency simply ceased publishing them.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday brushed off widespread criticism that the December 4 parliamentary elections in Russia were falsified.
A close ally of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is stepping down as the speaker of the lower house of Russia's parliament, their political party announced Wednesday.
Vladimir Putin is being outfoxed by the hamsters on the internet. His ruling United Russia party described opposition activists challenging the legitimacy of this month's elections as "hamsters from social networks." Yet the country's future may now be determined by these critics on popular digital networks like LiveJournal, Twitter, VKontakte and Facebook.
CNN's Phil Black reports on the large police presence on Moscow's streets and talks to protesters who are reorganizing.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed the United States Thursday for encouraging opposition protests that have broken out since parliamentary elections Sunday.
Identifying the moment when a political regime begins to decompose is as difficult as dating the onset of a recession. But in histories of the decline of the order built by Vladimir Putin in Russia, last Sunday's parliamentary election is bound to feature prominently.
Police arrested at least 250 protesters and an opposition leader in Russia's capital Tuesday in a second day of demonstrations against parliamentary election results.
Putin's party suffers sharp losses. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports it's not politics as usual for united Russia.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears to have suffered a serious setback in parliamentary elections over the weekend, slimming his party's majority and political clout.
While Russian police arrested 170 opposition protesters in two cities, voters in the country's parliamentary election appeared to eat away at Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's support in Sunday's elections, slimming down his party's parliamentary majority.
Current Russian president Dmitry Medvedev calls on United Russia party to endorse Vladimir Putin as next president.
In his first televised interview since he was launched toward the presidency again, Russia's powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that his goal of returning to the Kremlin was to "stabilize" and "diversify" the national economy as well as to "strengthen the fundamental basis of the political system and the democratic institutions" of the country.
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has confirmed Russia is close to sealing an energy supply agreement with China worth $1 trillion.
President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday he had ceded his presidency bid to the country's powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin because the latter is a more popular politician in Russia, who has higher chances to be elected.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Tuesday named Anton Siluanov as acting finance minister after the influential Alexei Kudrin was forced out of the position he had held since 2000.
In the broader frame, Vladimir Putin's decision to stand again as Russian president is no big surprise. Batman returns, though the idea of Robin (Dmitri Medvedev) becoming prime minister may not work out for long.
The announcement that Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, will run for president in next March's election and will, if elected, appoint the current president, Dmitri Medvedev, as his prime minister brings to mind one of the most famous lines of Italian literature.
"Putin's Army," a new group of female fans loyal to Russia's prime minister, is calling upon all "young, smart and beautiful" women in the country who ardently support Vladimir Putin to produce amateur video clips that show how far they would go to express their affection for him.
Russia will lift its grain export ban on July 1 this year, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Saturday.
In a rare public spat, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized his political mentor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, for Putin's comments over the use of force against Libya.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tells CNN's Larry King his thoughts on the arms race and President Obama.
Russia will have to build up its nuclear forces if the United States fails to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty the two countries signed this year, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warns in an upcoming CNN interview.
In 2010, the Year of the Tiger, about 3,600 of the majestic predators remain in the wild, their existence threatened by habitat-loss and poaching.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tops 150 mph in a yellow Formula One race car near St. Petersburg.
As Russia reels from the worst drought in nearly 40 years, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced a temporary ban on grain exports.
During a recent meeting, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin provided encouragement and sang patriotic songs with 10 agents who were expelled from the United States this month after they were accused of spying, state media reported.
Russia needs to develop "offensive strike systems" to preserve strategic balance with the United States, without producing its own missile defense, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent a strong signal Thursday that he has full hands-on control of his country.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin refuses to rule out becoming president again. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
He has been caught on camera firing a tranquilizer dart into a Siberian tiger and has co-piloted a fighter jet. Now Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has added to his action-man credentials with a series of photographs showing a recent adventure vacation to Siberia.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he hopes the Kontinental Hockey League will expand to include clubs in central and western Europe.
Vladimir Putin spent the Russian New Year boogying to the hits of ABBA after spending $30,000 to fly a tribute band to a lake town north of Moscow.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called Wednesday for the complete reform of the world's financial systems during keynote speeches at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Ever since Vladimir Putin rose to power in 2000, his political opponents and entire countries have learned to their cost that he has a tough, demeaning streak. Wednesday it was Michael Dell's turn.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday signed a law extending the presidential term, the Kremlin said, in a move many observers believe is designed to bring former president Vladimir Putin back to the nation's top office.
The era of cheap natural gas is coming to an end, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting in Moscow of the world's major gas-exporting countries.
The upper house of Russia's parliament Monday approved an extension of the presidential term from four years to six, a move many Russia-watchers believe is designed to bring former President Vladimir Putin back to the nation's top office.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held his annual live television call-in program Thursday -- an event analysts say shows he still runs Russia even though he stepped down as president earlier this year.
As the hydrocarbon bubble bursts, suddenly unemployment and poverty are rife, and "resurgent" Russia is stricken by a growing economic crisis
Long before the small group of men gained control of a $1.3 trillion economy, they could be found gathered at a lakeshore deep in the forest, trying to relax amid the upheaval of the new Russia. Lake Komsomolskoye, named after the youth wing of the Communist Party, lies about 60 miles north of St. Petersburg, just one of 700 lakes on the isthmus connecting Russia and Finland. There the group, many of whom helped run Russia's second-largest city, would retreat for weekends among the tall, lakeside cedars in a private compound of dachas, or country houses. Vladimir Putin, then head of external relations for the St. Petersburg mayor, was a member of the group. So was Vladimir Yakunin, who had revived a bank started by the Communist Party, and Igor Sechin, then Putin's chief of staff. The group called itself ozero, meaning "the lake," and one of its frequent guests was a bright young lawyer named Dmitry Medvedev who worked in the St. Petersburg government. One prime topic of their
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates.
Russia's assault on Georgia was wrong -- but predictable. How humiliation can shape national interest
Russia's former president still looks the part as he flies in to manage strategically important fence-mending
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and newly appointed prime minister Vladimir Putin attend a parade in Moscow.
Russia's lower house of parliament confirmed former President Vladimir Putin as prime minister Thursday, beginning a new era in Russian politics a day after his chosen successor took over the top role.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on Russia's inauguration of its new president.
Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev wasted no time in knuckling down to work -- naming his predecessor Vladimir Putin as his new prime minister two hours after he was sworn in.
Georgian Deputy PM Giorgi Baramidze condemns Russia over the allegedly shooting down of a spy drone.
Analysis: When Dmitri Medvedev became President, it did not bring an end to Vladimir Putin's dominance in Russia
Analysis: Despite their fondness for each other, Bush and Putin have presided over a substantial cooling in U.S.-Russia ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush failed to resolve their differences over U.S. plans for a missile defense system based in eastern Europe but said they had agreed a "strategic framework" to guide future U.S.-Russian relations after bilateral talks Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin grabs attention as he departs the NATO summit. CNN's Robin Oakley reports.
President Bush plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian coastal town of Sochi next month at Putin's invitation, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters Wednesday.
How is Putin paying for his new Russia? Russia's budget is heavily dependent on revenues from oil and gas exports.
How far will Russia's new President Dimitry Medvedev emerge from the shadow of Vladimir Putin, the man who will be his Prime Minister and whose path he has vowed to continue? The world, and especially Russia's neighbors in Europe, will wait anxiously to see.
The incumbent's hand-picked successor will win Russia's presidential election on Sunday, and Putin has already made clear how he plans to hold on to power
Vladimir Putin says he is ready to be prime mininster in his last press conference as president.
A new movie portrays Russian President Vladimir Putin as a heartthrob. CNN's Matthew Chance reports
The DVD release in Russia of A Kiss -- Off the Record purports to be based on the Russian President's own private life
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the Russian president's acceptance of the PM job if his chosen successor is elected.
Russian President Vladimir Putin complained Friday about "one-way" Western military demands and promised that Russia will respond to U.S. and NATO military expansion near its borders.
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