Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin fires half of government and calls for improvement of citizens’ well-being

    On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the composition of the new government headed by former tax chief Mikhail Mishustin.

    After replacing nine out of 21 ministers and five deputy ministers, Putin said during a meeting with the cabinet in the Kremlin that the “high positions” will be a “serious trial” for each minister.

    “Everything that has been achieved through hard labor – I say so with a bit of irony, but it’s still true – should also be used well in the future to achieve …

  • Putin’s chef’s company wins oil rights in Syria

    The Russian companies Mercury and Velada, which the Syrian government has authorized to develop three oil and gas fields in the country, are linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Concord company, claims the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

    In December 2019, the Syrian Arab News Agency and The Syria Times reported that Syrian parliament had approved contracts to explore, develop and extract oil with two Russian companies (Velada and Mercury Ltd). Novaya Gazeta claims that both companies are linked to …

  • Putin fires Prosecutor General

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested to the Federation Council that Yury Chaika be removed from the position of prosecutor general of Russia, which he has held for nearly 14 years.

    Chaika “will move on to other work”, the Kremlin’s press service told Interfax. To replace him, Putin has nominated Igor Krasnov, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee, the press service noted.

    44 year-old Krasnov worked from 1997 to 2007 in the prosecution offices, after which he moved to …

  • Erdogan to Putin: Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit on Libya in Berlin. The Turkish leader stated that the commander of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is pursuing an aggressive policy that must be stopped, reports TASS.

    "Haftar did not sign the agreement at the meeting in Moscow, which shows us that he is not a supporter of the peace process, but seeks a military solution to the conflict," Erdogan said.

    According to Erdogan, in …

  • Russian media: Medvedev resigned after failing to reach compromise with Putin on constitutional reform

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev may have resigned because he disagreed with the constitutional reform proposed by President Vladimir Putin during his address to the Federal Assembly, Kommersant reports.

    According to the newspaper, at the end of 2019, Medvedev supported the merging of presidential and executive government. In such a scheme, the president would be the de facto head of executive government. Putin proposed that the prime minister and “civilian” part of the Russian …

  • Putin-appointed prime minister announces cabinet reshuffle and total control over Russians’ incomes

    Mikhail Mishustin, the head of Russia’s Federal Tax Service who was nominated for the position of prime minister by President Vladimir Putin, said that changes will be made to the composition of the new government.

    Mishustin spoke about this during a meeting with MPs from the United Russia party in the State Duma, a source familiar with the proceedings told TASS, and this was later confirmed by Sergey Neverov, head of the Duma’s United Russia members.

    “Mishustin said that he will discuss …

  • Putin nominates tax chief for prime minister

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed that Mikhail Mishustin, Head of the Federal Tax Service, should become the next prime minister. According to the official Kremlin website, he put forward the suggestion during a work meeting.

    Mikhail Mishustin agreed to the proposal, and so Putin put forward Mishustin’s candidature for consideration by the State Duma.

    A doctor of economics, Mikhail Mishustin is 53 years of age, and has headed the tax service for nearly 10 years. He is married with …

  • Putin proposes extensive changes to Russian constitution

    For the first time ever, Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly took place immediately after the New Year’s holidays. During his address, he announced that he was proposing “a number of constitutional changes” which could be the most far-reaching amendments ever made to Russia’s constitution, which was adopted in 1993.

    Several hours later, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that his cabinet would be resigning, saying that “the government should give the president the opportunity to make …

  • Putin’s friend Rotenberg loses lawsuit against Scandinavian banks in Finland

    The Russian businessman Boris Rotenberg, who has come under US sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine and his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, lost a lawsuit against four Scandinavian banks in a Finnish court on Monday.

    “The Helsinki District Court has dismissed Boris Rotenberg’s lawsuit regarding the right to banking services and damage from discrimination,” the court said in a statement.

    Rotenberg, who also has Finnish citizenship, filed a lawsuit against Nordea, Danske …

  • Putin to Assad: Invite Trump to Damascus

    During his recent visit to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin advised his Syrian colleague Bashar al-Assad to invite US President Donald Trump to Damascus, according to a story presented on the TV channel Russia 1 during the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin”. The topic came up while the leaders of the two countries were meeting with Patriarch John X of Antioch and discussing a statement about the Apostle Paul, who went to Damascus.

    Commenting on the story, Assad joked that if Trump were to …