Andrei Belousov | Putin’s war manager

Andrei Belousov | Putin’s war manager

Andrei Belousov | Photo Credit: Illustration: R. Rajesh Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as Russian President for a fifth time has spawned a slew of political moves in the country. Andrei Belousov was made Defence Minister, replacing Sergei Shoigu, who was sent away to head the National Security Council — a position held by Mr. Putin’s key … Read more

Russian president Putin to make a state visit to China this week

Russian president Putin to make a state visit to China this week

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. File. | Photo Credit: AP  Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a two-day state visit to China this week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on May 14. Mr. Putin will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping during his visit starting on Thursday, it said. The Kremlin … Read more

Vladimir Putin begins fifth term as President — Key events of his 24 years in power

Vladimir Putin begins fifth term as President — Key events of his 24 years in power

Vladimir Putin began his fifth term on May 7 as Russian leader at a glittering Kremlin inauguration, setting out on another six years in office after destroying his political opponents, launching a devastating war in Ukraine and concentrating all power in his hands. Already in office for nearly a quarter-century and the longest-serving Kremlin leader … Read more

China’s economic forays in Central Asia gives rise to discomfiture in Moscow

China’s economic forays in Central Asia gives rise to discomfiture in Moscow

China’s economic forays into resource rich Central Asia, a region which shares deep historical, political and economic ties with Moscow, has created certain discomfiture in the Russian establishment. In a recent trade meet in Uzbekistan a Russian trade official emphasised that Russia and China were “equal partners with an equal share in trade turnover” in … Read more

How Western sanctions are strangling Vladimir Putin’s Arctic gas ambitions

How Western sanctions are strangling Vladimir Putin’s Arctic gas ambitions

Russia’s fortress economy has proved remarkably resilient to an onslaught of Western sanctions. Two years after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, it continues to fund a costly war and to prop up President Vladimir Putin. But there’s at least one spot where the pain is very real. The Novatek PJSC-led Arctic LNG 2 facility, on … Read more

Kremlin says Putin and Xi plan to meet, but gives no time frame

Kremlin says Putin and Xi plan to meet, but gives no time frame

File picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping | Photo Credit: via Reuters The Kremlin said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping plan to have contacts but it gave no time frame for a possible Putin visit to Beijing. Asked about a possible Mr. Putin visit … Read more

‘Panama Papers’ trial starts. 27 people charged in the worldwide money laundering case

‘Panama Papers’ trial starts. 27 people charged in the worldwide money laundering case

The trial of 27 people charged in connection with the worldwide “Panama Papers” money laundering started Monday in a Panamanian criminal court. Those on trial include the owners of the Mossack-Fonseca law firm that was at the heart of the 2016 massive document leak. The Panama Papers include a collection of 11 million secret financial … Read more

Xi Jinping says Putin’s re-election ‘fully reflects’ support of Russian people

Xi Jinping says Putin’s re-election ‘fully reflects’ support of Russian people

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking on a visit to his campaign headquarters after a presidential election in Moscow, Russia on March 18, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP China congratulated Vladimir Putin on March 18 on winning Russia’s presidential election and said the strategic relationship between the two countries will continue to strengthen. Mr. … Read more

Russians crowd polling stations in apparent protest as Vladimir Putin is set to extend his rule

Russians crowd polling stations in apparent protest as Vladimir Putin is set to extend his rule

Russians crowded outside polling stations at midday Sunday on the last day of a three-day presidential election, apparently heeding an opposition call to protest against President Vladimir Putin. Putin is poised to extend his nearly quarter century of rule for six more years after a relentless crackdown on dissent. The election was taking place amid … Read more

Russians are voting in an election that holds little suspense after Putin crushed dissent

Russians are voting in an election that holds little suspense after Putin crushed dissent

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an electronic voting during a presidential voting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, on March 15, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP Russia began three days of voting on Friday in a presidential election that is all but certain to extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule by six more years … Read more