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Topless protesters give Russia's Putin an eyeful

Russia urged Germany to punish a group of women who staged a bare-breasted protest against President Vladimir Putin on Monday during a visit to a trade fair in Hanover with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Three members of the women's rights group Femen, which has staged protests against Russia's detention of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot around Europe, disrupted a visit by Putin and Merkel...


Russia set to ban U.S. adoptions

Russian President Vladimir Putin, acceding to the anti-American fervor that has gripped the country’s legislature, said Thursday that he intends to sign a bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children.


Russian Court Upholds Jail for Two Pussy Riot Members but Frees Third

Pussy Riot

A Russian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the two-year jail sentences for two members of punk band Pussy Riot for a protest in a cathedral but freed a third member by suspending her sentence.


Russian opposition stages new protest against Putin

Protesters chanting "Russia without Putin" began marching through Moscow on Saturday in a protest seen as a test of the opposition's ability to mount a sustained challenge to President Vladimir Putin.


Pussy Riot says two members flee Russia

Pussy Riot

Two members of Russia's anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have fled the country to avoid prosecution for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, the band said on Sunday.


Global activists gear up for Pussy Riot rallies

Pussy Riot

The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a two dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison....


Defying fines, Russians march against Putin

Russian protesters galvanised by raids on the homes of their leaders joined a march against President Vladimir Putin Tuesday despite the threat of fines the size of their annual pay.


Putin elected Russia's president again

Russian Protest

Vladimir Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for more than a decade, returns to the presidency Monday after winning a controversial election in March.


In Russia, doubts about Putin’s legitimacy signal tough days ahead as inauguration looms

Vladimir Putin

Striding through the Kremlin’s gold-encrusted doors and applauded by the modern nobility, Vladimir Putin returns to the Russian presidency Monday in the throne room of the czars, now a dangerously weakened autocrat.


Putin steps down as United Russia party chief

President-elect Vladimir Putin tried to distance himself from the fraud-tainted ruling United Russia party on Tuesday, announcing he was stepping down as its chairman.


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