Tag: Putin, Vladimir V

Threatening U.S., Putin Promises Russians Both Missiles and Butter

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — facing an economically beleaguered, less-supportive public — used his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday to promise a raft of social spending, while also doubling down on threats against the United States. Mr. Putin said Washington was fueling a new arms race by withdrawing from a landmark […]

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Russians, Feeling Poor and Protesting Garbage, Suffer Winter Blues

URDOMA, Russia — Russia’s countryside and smaller cities have long been fertile ground for President Vladimir V. Putin and his message of restoring bygone greatness, but even here, there are limits. Plans to ship Moscow’s garbage to the provinces — abetted by secrecy, trickery and bending the law — have set off widespread protests. Underlying […]

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Russia Votes to Ban Smartphone Use by Military, Trying to Hide Digital Traces

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to prohibit the country’s troops from using smartphones or recording devices, or posting anything online about their military service, after journalists used soldiers’ digital traces to reveal actions the Kremlin wanted to keep secret. In recent years, pictures, videos and social media posts put online by Russian servicemen […]

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‘The Trump-Russia Story’: Cue the Stage Lights

The Trump-Russia story is a drama that has unfolded in four acts. Act I: Denial George Stephanopoulos: “Are there any ties between Mr. Trump, you or your campaign and Putin and his regime?” Paul Manafort: “No, there are not. That’s absurd.” — July 24, 2016 Donald Trump: “I have nothing to do with Russia. I […]

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Trump Officials Gather in Warsaw for an Anti-Iran Meeting

WARSAW — Before top officials from 65 nations began meeting in Warsaw at an American-led conference on Middle East security, an unmistakable voice rang out at a rally outside the city’s main stadium, calling for regime change in Iran: the former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani contended he was there representing an Iranian opposition group, […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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No Winner in a New Arms Race

Before the fear of being blown up on a plane, or a train, or a sidewalk gave millions of people sleepless nights, before the threat of global climate disaster stirred dread, nuclear annihilation was the stuff of nightmares. By the mid-1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union had amassed 63,000 nuclear weapons, with the […]

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If the I.N.F. Treaty Dies, Blame Russia

Why did Russia argue that the United States should keep the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty intact and then recently declare its own suspension of the treaty? After all, it has deployed many of the very missiles banned by the treaty. Russia began the covert development of this class of missiles, probably in the mid-2000s, in […]

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In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost in passing in a Washington courtroom last week. Comments by one of Mr. Mueller’s lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of […]

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Jeff Bezos, Please Release Your Dirty Selfies

Dear Jeff Bezos, I know you’ve been through a lot in the past few weeks, but I have one more request: Release those pics. I say this as an Amazon stockholder, an Amazon Prime member and a fellow parent. Publish that “below the belt selfie” before The National Enquirer can leak it to TMZ. And […]

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Which Way to the North Pole?

It was hard to see the headlines proclaiming that the north magnetic pole is speeding toward Russia and not feel a pang of anxiety. Vladimir Putin annexing the North Pole? Climate change threatening more global chaos? Malevolent cosmic rays about to burst through Earth’s magnetic shield? The stories under the headlines proved less alarming. The […]

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Russia Dispatch: A Sparkling Shrine to a Reviled Russian Leader

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has reviled those years as a period of chaos, crime and “total poverty” that “nobody wants to ever see return.” Kremlin-controlled news media outlets regularly lambast what they call “the wild 90s” as a time of personal humiliation and shameful national weakness. All the abuse, however, […]

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Feature: He Was the Perfect Fixer for Putin’s Russia. Until He Got Fixed.

On the thawing March morning he died, Denis Voronenkov stood on Shevchenko Boulevard, a broad poplar-lined street in central Kiev named after Ukraine’s national poet, his eyes glued to his phone. The 45-year-old former Russian lawmaker and security agent was promoting an interview he had given to a local news site about the life he […]

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The Putin I Knew; the Putin I Know

President Vladimir Putin of Russia celebrated the New Year by having an American tourist, Paul Whelan, arrested as a spy. Mr. Whelan was in Moscow to attend a wedding. But Mr. Putin needed a hostage as a potential trade for a Russian woman with Kremlin connections — Maria Butina, who had pleaded guilty of conspiring […]

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Russia Pulls Out of Nuclear Treaty in ‘Symmetrical’ Response to U.S. Move

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in a decision that was widely expected, suspended his country’s observance of a key nuclear arms control pact on Saturday in response to a similar move by the United States a day before. But adding to a sense that the broader architecture of nuclear disarmament has started […]

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U.S. to Suspend Nuclear Arms Control Treaty With Russia

WASHINGTON — The United States is suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia after heated conversations between the two powers recently failed to resolve a long-running accusation that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era treaty. In remarks scheduled for Friday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to cast the […]

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For the Kremlin, Venezuela Is Not the Next Syria

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has long made the buttressing of beleaguered despots a pillar of his foreign policy — most successfully by deploying the military in Syria — to drive home the point that outside powers should not dabble in other countries’ internal affairs. On the face of it, the upheaval […]

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Putin’s Next Playground or the E.U.’s Last Moral Stand?

“In the Balkans the transition is over,” Remzi Lani, an Albanian political analyst, told me some time ago. But unlike in many post-Communist countries, Mr. Lani didn’t mean a transformation from dictatorship to democracy. “We transitioned from repressive to depressive regimes.” He is right. The old Communists and radical ethnic nationalists are largely gone; in […]

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Cease-Fire in Syria’s Idlib Province Is at Risk After Extremists Take Over

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government and its Russian backers have suggested that the recent takeover of the last rebel stronghold in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group could threaten a cease-fire that has been in place for several months. Nearly a million of the more than three million civilians in Idlib Province have already […]

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Watching Brexit Fall Apart

PARIS — If French voters, unsettled by the revolt of the Yellow Vests, are tempted to use referendums to enhance the democratic process, they should look at the sad spectacle across the Channel: the British people trying to pick up the shards of their future after their House of Commons rejected the Brexit deal that […]

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