Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin's rating falls to 2013 levels after pension reform announced

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rating fell from 62% to 54% between June 10 and 17, ending at its lowest level since 2013. This was evidenced by data collected by the Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), reports

    According to the VCIOM, approval of Putin's activities fell from 77% on June 10 to 72% on June 17. The Center also recorded a decrease in approval ratings for the work of the prime minister and the government. VCIOM spokesperson Mikhail Mamonov claimed that the …

  • Poroshenko and Putin discuss prisoner situation over phone

    On Thursday June 21, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone to ensure that Ukrainian Ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova is given access to Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian prisoners, Poroshenko’s press service reported.

    “The head of the Ukrainian state urged [Putin] to release the Ukrainian prisoners held in Russian prisons and in its occupied territories. He also pointed out the importance of giving Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova …

  • Vice Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament: Sentsov will not ask Putin for pardon

    Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been convicted by Russia of "terrorism," will not ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for clemency which will allow him to be exchanged for Russian prisoners in Ukraine, wrote First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko on her personal Facebook page.

    “Putin's Press Secretary [Dmitry] Peskov states that [Oleg] Sentsov ‘must take care of his pardon himself,’ hinting that Oleg should have appealed to the Russian president with such a …

  • Putin and Lukashenko sign a statement on the expansion of strategic partnership between Russia and Belarus

    Following a Higher State Council meeting of the Union State, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a joint statement, the Kremlin’s press-service reports.  

    “Following the meeting of the Higher State Council of the Union State, leaders of both countries adopted a joint statement in which they confirmed their common desire to strengthen and expand the strategic partnership between Russia and Belarus,” the statement reads.

    As part of this …

  • Russian public figures ask Putin to pardon Sentsov

    Russian filmmakers Andrey Zvyagintsev, Pavel Lungin, Alexander Sokurov and other public figures have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in Russia. The petition was posted on the website of the Echo of Moscow radio station.

    “The man is dying. We don’t think that his guilt is so great he should be given 20 years for it. He is sincere and honest in his convictions – his indefinite hunger-strike …

  • Putin receives message from Kim Jong-un

    Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam sent a message from head of state Kim Jong-un to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin replied by inviting the leader of North Korea to Russia,reported TASS.

    "I have the honor to convey to you sincere greetings from Kim Jong-un," said the Korean politician.

    At the meeting, Putin mentioned the summit between the leader of North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that this meeting staved off the …

  • Surkov reappointed as Putin’s aide

    Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, the person responsible for collaboration with Abkhazia , South Ossetia and Donbas, has been reappointed to the same position.

    This was announced on the Kremlin’s official website, and the corresponding decree was signed by Vladimir Putin.

    “Surkov Vladislav Yuryevich was appointed as the aide to the President of the Russian Federation,” the announcement states.

    The decree is valid from the date of signing.

    Recently there were rumors in the Russian …

  • Peskov: Putin’s statement on consequences of 'Kyiv provocation' during World Cup needs no explanation

    The statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that there will be “severe consequences” if there is “provocation from Kyiv” during the 2018 World Cup needs no clarification, Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said during a press conference on Wednesday, June 13.

    “President Putin sets out his thoughts extremely clearly, and says what he means. What was said is quite straightforward,” Peskov responded when asked to explain what Putin meant.

    In a broadcast of the Direct Line TV show …

  • UN Secretary-General to visit Russia for FIFA World Cup and meeting with Putin

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia next week, where he is to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attend a World Cup soccer match in the country.

    UN representative Stéphane Dujarric said on June 12 that the Secretary-General will be in Russia on June 20-21. In addition to meeting with Putin, he is scheduled to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

    During the two- …

  • Putin: US withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement will destabilize the whole region

    Washington’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will have a negative impact on the stability of the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated.  

    “Of course, our countries are worried about what is now going on around the Iranian nuclear program,” Putin stated at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. “The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action can destabilize the situation.”  

    According to Putin, Moscow advocates strict implementation of the …