Contents tagged with Putin

  • Employees of Yandex evacuated after Putin’s visit

    The offices of the company Yandex, which President Vladimir Putin visited on Thursday, were evacuated soon after his departure, the BBC Russian service reports.

    Some of the staff say that a fire alarm went off, whereas others say that Yandex was due to a bomb threat.

    According to TASS news agency, nearly 3000 people were evacuated from the company’s offices.

    The Russian president came to Yandex in order to congratulate the company on its 20th anniversary, as well as to see its engineering – …

  • Kremlin: Putin does not want to meet with Zakharchenko

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to meet with the leader of the separatist organization DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, as stated by Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s Press Secretary, RIA Novosti reported. "No," Peskov said when asked about the possibility of Putin's meeting with Zakharchenko.

    Previously, reported that Zakharchenko arrived in the Kremlin to attend the anniversary concert of Russian singer Joseph Kobzon.

    Earlier, Zakharchenko said that if …

  • Putin wants to allow the sentencing of heads of companies who violate the fulfillment of state military orders

    The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin has submitted for consideration of the State Duma the bill that proposes 4 to 8 years of imprisonment for the heads of companies who have abused their power in implementing the state defense order (SDO). The corresponding document was published in the electronic database of the lower house of the parliament.

    The bill establishes the "responsibility of the person performing administrative functions in commercial or other organizations, for …

  • German journalist: the European Union is waiting for Putin to leave

    Russia is waiting for the European Union (EU) to understand that the EU needs it, while the EU is waiting for Putin to leave and be replaced by someone with whom they can talk, as in the 1990s, stated Alexander Rahr, the scientific director of the German-Russian forum, at a political discussion dedicated to the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Germany, Rosbalt reports.

    "I believe that the influence of the Kremlin on the elections and Western policy is very exaggerated. I do not think …

  • Media: Putin will run as 'People's Candidate' in Russia’s presidential elections

    The number of Vladimir Putin's agents in the presidential elections in Russia will increase in 2018 in comparison with previous elections, due to the addition of regional leaders of public opinion, reported news website , citing sources in regional administrations, reported this.

    The sources said that the Kremlin asked for lists of leaders of public opinion, including well-known and respected athletes, cultural figures and philanthropists. A special wish was that they lived not only …

  • Media: Nomination of Putin for president will take place in two stages

    The presidential campaign strategy being developed by the Kremlin's political bloc is almost ready, Kommersant newspaper reports, referring to sources in the presidential administration. The well-informed sources confirmed that there are plans to conduct the nomination of Putin for presidency in two stages.

    The first stage, during which the head of state will publicly announce his consent to run for a new term, is scheduled for November. Before that, several events with his participation are …

  • Putin orders Russian government to provide pensions to former Ukrainian military in the Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian government, in conjunction with the Ministry of Defense of the country and Kremlin-controlled executive bodies of the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol, to take action regarding pensions for Russian citizens who previously served in the Ukrainian armed forces.

    As reported on the Kremlin's website, this order by Putin was among the items approved following his trip to the annexed Sevastopol on August 18-20.

    In particular, Putin instructed …

  • Japanese Prime Minister urges Putin to make peace treaty on Kurils

    Russia and Japan need to overcome all the challenges, put an end to the “abnormal situation”, and make a peace treaty regarding the Kuril Islands, stated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum, Interfax reports.

    According to Abe, in the last year Russian and Japanese relations have seen the beginning of the progress which the countries had been unable to achieve in 70 years. He added that soon it may be possible to see the “bright future of Russian-Japanese relations, …

  • Putin: Tillerson fell into ‘bad company’

    Speaking at the economic forum in Vladivostok on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, noting that he "fell into some bad company" after receiving a state award from Russia four years ago for his contribution to the development of Russian-American relations.

    Addressing one of the US citizens present at the plenary session of the economic forum, Putin said, "We also awarded the Order of Friendship to your compatriot, Mr. Tillerson. However, …

  • German Foreign Ministry: Unacceptable for UN to involve separatists in negotiations about peacekeepers in Donbas

    It is unacceptable for the United Nations to involve separatists in the negotiation process on peacekeeping activity in the Donbas, said German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer, UNIAN reports.

    “It is unacceptable and unheard of for the UN to involve separatists in the negotiation process on peacekeeping activity in any region,” Schaefer emphasized.

    According to him, it is inappropriate to talk only about the contact line, since the separatists obstruct the OSCE SMM in all Eastern …