Vladimir Putin

Pacific oil pipeline a strategic project: Putin

Pacific oil pipeline a strategic project: PutinKozmino (Russia), Dec 28 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who officially launched the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline Monday, said it was a project of strategic importance for Russia.

During his visit to the region, the Russian premier took part in the official ceremony of pumping the first batch of Siberian oil into an oil tanker at the specialised maritime oil-loading port of Kozmino, the final point of the ESPO project.

Vladimir Putin’s ‘girlfriend’ gives birth to his first son

Vladimir Putin’s ‘girlfriend’ gives birth to his first sonNew York, Dec 16 : Vladimir Putin’s alleged girlfriend Alina Kabaeva has given birth to a baby boy, whom sources claim to be the Russian Prime Minister’s first son.

Kabaeva, the gorgeous, 26-year-old rhythmic gymnastics champion, recently gave birth to a boy in Moscow and named the baby Dimitry.

Kabaeva has been identified as Putin''s girlfriend ever since she retired from competition in 2006 after winning two Olympic medals and 18 World Championship medals to become the most decorated gymnast in history.

Putin praises achievements of Stalin

Vladimir PutinMoscow, Dec. 4 : Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who sent millions to their deaths during his nearly three decade long reign of terror, is closer to being rehabilitated, thanks to incumbent Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Praising Stalin’s achievements openly, Putin said he must be given credit for making the Soviet Union an industrial superpower, and for defeating Hitler in the Second World War.

According to The Times, Putin declared that it was “impossible to make a judgment in general” about the man who presided over the Gulag slave camps.

Russian PM Putin’s endangered Siberian tiger goes missing

Russian PM Putin’s endangered Siberian tiger goes missingLondon, Nov 26 : Endangered Siberian tigress that was shot by a tranquiliser dart and fitted with a satellite-tracking collar by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has gone missing.

Putin’s official website was tracking the tigress movements to highlight threats to the survival of the animal, also called the Amur tiger.

The female tiger’s last location was recorded two months ago and nothing has been heard from her since, The Times reports.

Angry Russian cop now fearful after online video complaint

Angry Russian cop now fearful after online video complaint Moscow  - A Russian police officer who posted two video clips on the internet to air his grievances directly to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about pay and overtime work conditions said Sunday he now feared for his life.

The Interfax agency cited Major Alexei Dimowski as saying that he had been followed by unknown persons in two cars. He was now taking his wife and child to stay with friends in Moscow "out of safety considerations."

Putin prods EU to lend "a lousy billion" to Ukraine for gas payments

Putin prods EU to lend "a lousy billion" to Ukraine for gas paymentsMoscow/Kiev  - Winter is fast approaching, and chilling hints of new heating disruptions ahead are wafting westward again from Russia.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been warning the European Union of late that supplies of Russian natural gas via pipelines crossing Ukraine - about 20 per cent of the EU's total consumption - could be in jeopardy.

Putin cautions EU over Ukraine gas issue

Putin cautions EU over Ukraine gas issueMoscow, Nov 2 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned his Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt, rotating president of the European Union (EU), Sunday that that there may be problems in transit of Russian gas to Europe.

In a telephone conversation, Putin urged EU attention to possible problems in Ukraine's payment for Russian gas, news agencies quoted the Russian government's press office as saying.

"Thus, problems may arise in transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine," said the press office, Xinhua reported.

Putin to recount memories of fall of Berlin Wall in documentary

Putin to recount memories of fall of Berlin Wall in documentary Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was working in East Germany in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, is to recount his experiences of that time in a new documentary, reported Russian newspaper Kommersant Wednesday.

Putin was based in the eastern German city of Dresden in 1989, working openly as an official with the KGB, the secret service of the Soviet Union. As such, that made him one of a minority of Soviet citizens who came into firsthand contact with democracy activists in East Germany as the country's regime collapsed.

Putin sees South Stream ready earlier than planned

Putin sees South Stream ready earlier than plannedMoscow  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin believes that the South Stream pipeline, which would transport Russian gas to Europe via the Black Sea, could be ready earlier than planned, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday.

Putin is meeting in St Petersburg with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose country would be one of the end points for the supply line.

Putin said that he saw "positive movement" from the Turkish government on work for the pipeline, meaning that the project could be delivered earlier than the scheduled
2013 date.

Putin's China visit to produce deals worth 5.5 billion dollars

Putin's China visit to produce deals worth 5.5 billion dollarsBeijing  - Deals valued at some 5.5 billion dollars are expected to be signed during Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's three-day visit to China, scheduled to begin late Monday, Russian and Chinese media said.

China and Russia would sign more than 20 agreements worth 5.5 billion dollars during Putin's visit, mainly covering cooperation in energy, transportation and banking, Moscow newspaper Nesawissimaja Gaseta reported.

Gorbachev slams Putin, Medvedev for handling of oil profits

Gorbachev slams Putin, Medvedev for handling of oil profitsParis - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have mismanaged the profits from oil sales and not done enough to end corruption, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said in an interview published Monday in the French daily Le Figaro.

Putin welcomes US shield decision - but wants more cooperation

Vladimir-PutinMoscow  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has welcomed the US decision to cancel a controversial missile shield system in Eastern Europe, but said more steps were needed to improve relations, the Interfax news agency reported Friday.

Putin called US President Obama's decision to cancel plans to place interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic - both of which had angered Moscow - a "courageous step."

However the premier said that "now we expect the US to lift trade barriers, so that our two countries can cooperate in the high- technology sector."

Putin hands over 5500 dollar Swiss watch to cheeky Russian factory worker

Putin hands over 5500 dollar Swiss watch to cheeky Russian factory workerMoscow, Sep. 16 : Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin handed over a 5000 dollar Swiss watch to a weapons manufacturing factory worker in Tula.

According to The Telegraph, the metalworker put Putin in a spot after he gave a speech on the economy in the town of Tula.

"Vladimir Vladimirovich, maybe you''ll give me something to remember you by?" Viktor Zagaevsky asked.

Putin hints at return to presidency for two more terms till 2024

Putin hints at return to presidency for two more terms till 2024London, Sep 12 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is strongly considering to become President again and swap places with present incumbent Dimitri Medvedev, which will allow the former KGB spy to remain in power till 2024.

Putin insisted that swapping places with Medvedev was no more sinister than the Labour leadership agreement in which Gordon Brown took Tony Blair’s job.

Putin, Tusk call for examining history to build trust

Vladimir-PutinGdansk, Poland - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, said Tuesday that an examination of the tragic events in their countries' past could help build trust amid recent strains in relations between Warsaw and the Kremlin.

"Only in searching for the truth about the sources of dramatic events ... we will be able to build understanding and greater trust between our politicians, but most of all between our nations," Tusk said after meeting Putin in the resort city of Sopot for ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

Putin condemns historic Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Putin condemns historic Molotov-Ribbentrop PactWarsaw  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin condemned the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact - a treaty that remains a sore point in Polish-Russian relations 70 years after it was signed - in an open letter in a Polish daily on Monday.

The pact, "without any doubts can be condemned with full justification," Putin wrote in a "Letter to Poles" in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

Poles would like to see Russian regret over WWII - survey

Poles would like to see Russian regret over WWII - surveyWarsaw  - A large majority of Poles would like to hear words of regret from Russia about Soviet actions against Poland at the outbreak of World War Two, the daily Rzeczpospolita reported Saturday, citing the results of an opinion survey.

The survey by the polling institute GfK Polonia showed 76 per cent of Poles would like to hear Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin express regret about the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland on September 18, 1939.

Putin visits Chechnya in wake of growing unrest

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinMoscow  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the troubled autonomous republic of Chechnya Monday to learn more about the region's social and economic situation, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a government spokesman.

The visit included a meeting with Ramsan Kadyrov.

Violence has been on the rise in the troubled republic, as Islamist militants seek to overturn the Kremlin-backed local government. Attacks have claimed the lives of government officials and policemen, as well as of human rights workers critical of the government.

Putin visits site of Russian power plant blast

Putin visits site of Russian power plant blastMoscow  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday visited the remains of a Siberian hydro-electric power station that exploded Monday, reported the Interfax news agency.

Putin seemed shaken by the visit. Overnight, before his arrival, workers dug out more debris and discovered more bodies, bringing the death total to 26. Little hope remains for finding survivors among the remaining 49 missing, a plant manager told Interfax.

EU critical of Putin visit to Georgia's breakaway region

EU critical of Putin visit to Georgia's breakaway region Stockholm - The European Union on Thursday criticized Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's recent visit to the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia.

"The EU does not consider this visit compatible with the principle of territorial integrity nor helpful for the international efforts to stabilise the region," said a statement issued by Sweden, the current president of the 27-naton bloc.




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