Russian Government Pushes to Eliminate Civil Society Groups

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s effort to eliminate one of the country’s oldest human rights organizations is the latest indication that the authoritarian leader has revived many Soviet-era practices to crush civil society and tighten his grip on power, including persecuting dissidents and disseminating anti-Western propaganda.

Putin Warns U.S. Spat Over Ukraine Threatens Global Stability

Russian President Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin warned Washington that a spat between nuclear powers over the Ukraine crisis could threaten global stability and said in remarks published on Wednesday that Russia would not be “blackmailed” by sanctions.

Russia Signs Deals with China to Help Weather Sanctions

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a signing ceremony in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and China signed energy, trade and finance agreements on Monday proclaimed by Moscow as proof that a policy turn to Asia is bearing fruit and will help it to weather Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.