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    Putin Addresses Russia Amid Economic Crisis
    Dec18

    Putin Addresses Russia Amid Economic Crisis

    President Vladimir Putin is holding his end-of-year news conference Thursday amid a growing economic crisis in Russia. It is expected to be dominated by debate over the ruble, with Russia’s national currency struggling to cope with falling oil prices and sanctions. The Kremlin leader is also expected to take questions on Ukraine and on...

    14 awkward photos of world leaders that explain 2014
    Dec18

    14 awkward photos of world leaders that explain 2014

    It was a tough year for global events. From serious conflicts in Syria and Ukraine to the Ebola outbreak and the apparent destruction of not one but two Malaysia Air passenger planes, it sometimes felt like the world was bouncing from one horror to the other, never quite able to comprehend any of them. It […] …read more Source: The...

    Western sanctions may last for decades, Russian minister says
    Dec18

    Western sanctions may last for decades, Russian minister says

    Russia’s economy is heading for recession, dragged lower by sanctions imposed by the West over Ukraine and weak oil prices, a cornerstone of state revenues …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Putin backed by 80 per cent of Russians despite sinking ruble, economic woes: poll
    Dec18

    Putin backed by 80 per cent of Russians despite sinking ruble, economic woes: poll

    From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution. …read more Source:...

    Russia Minister Says Western Sanctions Over Ukraine Could Be In Place For ‘Decades’
    Dec18

    Russia Minister Says Western Sanctions Over Ukraine Could Be In Place For ‘Decades’

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Western sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last “for a very long time”, possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper. “When a U.S. law is passed it is very hard to change it afterwards – looks like it will be in place for...

    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
    Dec18

    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. …read more Source: U.S....

    AP Poll: 80 percent of Russians back Putin despite ruble’s fall
    Dec18

    AP Poll: 80 percent of Russians back Putin despite ruble’s fall

    From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. …read more Source: FOX...

    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
    Dec18

    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah…. …read more Source: Associated...

    Putin To Hold News Conference Amid Ruble Crisis, Sanctions
    Dec18

    Putin To Hold News Conference Amid Ruble Crisis, Sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual news conference on December 18, one of the set-up events he uses to portray himself as a strong leader with a firm grip on the helm of a grand country. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Putin’s Year of Defiance, Miscalculation
    Dec18

    Putin’s Year of Defiance, Miscalculation

    The Kremlin gambled that Russia could tolerate Western sanctions over Ukraine. Then oil prices plunged. …read more Source: The Wall Street...