Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin signs law allowing Kremlin to fine YouTube and social networks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an amendment to the Code on Administrative Offences, which will allow to fine foreign Internet platforms that allow discrimination against Russian state media.

    The document provides for sanctions for non-compliance with the regulations of the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, which previously received the right to block or slow down access to resources listed as violators by the Prosecutor General's Office and the Foreign Ministry.

    According …

  • Ukraine imposes sanctions against Putin's friend Medvedchuk and his wife

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has imposed sanctions against the Ukrainian politician, MP, leader of the political party “Opposition Platform for Life”, Viktor Medvedchuk.

    Medvedchuk is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he refers to as "a personal friend"

    Medvedchuk's wife Oksana Marchenko was also put on sanctions list. The list includes another Ukrainian citizen, five Russians and 19 companies. Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksiy …

  • Putin: Navalny used COVID-19 pandemic to fuel protests in Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the protests in support of Alexei Navalny began because of the accumulated dissatisfaction of the Russians due to the pandemic.

    "As for the fact that people went out to protests, also not only because of this individual [Navalny], yes, you're probably right. It is. You know what's going on, because this individual is taking advantage of it right now, just when in all countries of the world, including ours, people experience fatigue, accumulated …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to turn off internet 'in the event of a real threat'

    The Russian authorities do not plan to close foreign social networks and Internet platforms at the moment but will do so if there is a "real threat", said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the heads of the Russian media.

    The Russian newspaper The Bell reports, citing participants of the meeting, that, the President acknowledged that blocking YouTube and other sites "will cause inconvenience" to Russians who actively use them.

    According to Putin, because of that, the Kremlin …

  • Media: Putin owns 2 dachas in annexed Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin occupies two dachas near the village of Oliwa in Russia's annexed Crimea, reports Krym.Realii

    The Russian president took 2 dachas, No.6 and No.8, where, during the Soviet era, Communist party officials, and later, the first persons of Ukraine, used to stay.

    Journalists report that there is a newly rebuilt swimming pool, spa complex, and a helicopter pad in the sea. The beach is guarded by military divers.

    "Putin's dacha in Crimea is hidden behind two fences. …

  • Kremlin: Russia prepares for 'a serious conversation' with U.S.

    Russia is preparing for a "serious conversation" with the U.S. over Washington’s response to the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    According to Zakharova, Washington should mind "its own business". She sterssed that the rhetoric that America supposedly allows itself about Russia will not be able to help in relations between the countries.

    At the same time, she said that differences between Russia and the United …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky shuts down pro-Russian TV channels defying Putin

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky exercised the resolution of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), imposing a 5-year ban on the work of three Ukrainian TV channels: ZIK, NewsOne and "112 Ukraine." On paper these channels belong to the MP Taras Kozak. In reality, they are controlled by a close associate of Russian President Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk. Zelensky insist the actions were necessary to counter anti-Ukrainian propaganda, which is financed by Moscow.

    In the end, the …

  • More than three thousand people detained at rallies in support of Navalny

    The number of people detained at protests across Russia exceeded three thousand people, reports the website OVD-Info. As of 16:10 Moscow time, 3,062 people were detained. The most detainees are in Moscow - 825, in St. Petersburg - 475, in Krasnoyarsk - 194, in Vladivostok - 121.

    The rallies are held in dozens of cities across Russia. In many cities, detentions are extremely harsh, and lawyers are not allowed to visit the detainees.

    More than four thousand people were detained at rallies in …

  • Russian media: Putin’s Palace has 16-storey underground bunker

    The residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Gelendzhik has a 16-storey underground complex, reported the news website Meduza.

    One of the mining engineers involved in the construction of the bunker told reporters that a few dozen meters from the main house there is an elevator lobby for an underground entrance.

    "Under the house there is an entire anthill built into the rock. The 14th and 15th levels host the upper block of technical premises. There is a wine room on the 18th. At the …

  • Russian Security Service claims no-fly zone over Putin’s Palace was established because of increased NATO activity in the area

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has responded to reports about the no-fly zone over Cape Idokopoz near Gelendzhik, where Putin’s palace is located, saying that a special regime over the area was imposed following the orders of the Russian Ministry of Transport of July 2020 due to "increased intelligence activity of several neighboring states, including NATO members."

    At the same time, the Russian Federal Protective Service (FSO), which is responsible for the safety of the Russian …