Vladimir Putin

Putin visits Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia

Putin visits Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia on Wednesday after holding out the offer of increased aid.

Putin met the region's pro-Kremlin president, Sergei Bagapsh, in the capital, Sukhumi, before the two men laid a wreath at a monument to those who died in the 1992-93 separatist war, Interfax news agency reported.

A visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to another breakaway Georgian province, South Ossetia, drew a strong protest last month from Georgia.

Putin shows off toned torso during outdoor pursuits in Siberia

Vladimir PutinLondon, August 5 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 56, showed off his toned torso as he indulged in a few outdoor pursuits in southern Siberia.

The former head of the KGB secret service sported a large cross on a chain as he rode bare-chested through the rugged countryside.

Putin is said to have spent the last few days on vacation taking in a bit of horse-riding, some fishing, and has even been spotted climbing trees.

He also showed off an impressive butterfly stroke during a brisk swim in a nearby lake in the mountains of Siberia's Tyva region.

Now, ‘macho’ Putin dives down world''s deepest lake

Now, ‘macho’ Putin dives down world''s deepest lakeIrkutsk (Russia), August 1 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who prides himself over his `macho' image, on Saturday boarded a mini-submarine in southern Siberia in Russia and dived to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume.

The 56 year-old was seen boarding the Mir-1 submarine before being hoisted into the water to begin his journey into the lake, which is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia," and contains more water than all of the North American Great Lakes combined, the AAP reported.

US is considering radar facility in Azerbaijan

US is considering radar facility in AzerbaijanBaku/Moscow  - In the row over the US missile defence project in central Europe, the United States is again considering a proposal by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to use a radar facility in Azerbaijan, Russian media reported Saturday.

US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg held talks on the issue days after a meeting between Putin and US President Barack Obama, the Interfax news agency reported.

Putin had proposed to Obama's predecessor George W Bush to joint use the facility in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

Russian broadcaster edits out Putin send-up

Vladimir PutinMoscow  - A satire featuring an annoyed cartoon version of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was pulled from the air by Moscow broadcaster 2x2, local media reported Thursday.

The channel edited out an approximate one-minute-long sequence out of an episode of the US cartoon series South Park, the RIA Novosti agency reported.

Media concern Prof Media, which owns 2x2, did not provide a reason for the deletion.

Bloggers on Russian internet sites have speculated that the pro- government censorship was return for the renewal of the company's broadcasting license.

Vladimir Putin issues ''diktat'' on cost of sausages in Russia!

Vladimir Putin issues ''diktat'' on cost of sausages in Russia!London, June 26 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently visited a Moscow supermarket and pointed out that the sausages were too expensive.

In an impromptu visit to a branch of supermarket chain Perekrestok, Putin expressed his annoyance with the high price of packet of sausages, The Telegraph reports.

Rounding on Yuri Kobaladze, the chain''''''''s head of corporate relations, Putin demanded: "Why do your sausages cost 240 roubles? Is that normal?"

Putin: Opel deal good for Russia's car industry

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinMoscow  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised on Monday the Opel takeover deal approved at the weekend to save troubled carmaker Opel, in which a Russian firm will likely begin production of Opel models.

He said that the deal, in which Canadian parts manufacturer Magna along with Russian bank Sberbank and carmaker GAZ will take over Opel, was a success for the development of the Russian car industry.

Putin writes column on retaining and firing people

Putin writes column on retaining and firing peopleMoscow, May 27 : Employers wanting to know when and how to retain or fire their employees, should contact Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Turning his hand to writing, Putin''s first ever column for a Russian media outlet will be published on Friday, entitled "Why it''s hard to fire people".

Written for a niche monthly magazine, Russian Pioneer, it reads as the first admission by Putin of the scale of infighting that raged in the Kremlin during his eight years as president.

Putin assures concerned IOC that Sochi is on schedule

Putin warns Ukraine on gas payments, threatens cut-off Sochi, Russia - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday night assured Olympic inspectors that preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi are on schedule.

Putin told the International Olympic Committee coordination committee at the end of its two-day visit to the host city that all construction and financing plans will be met.

The statement came after the IOC committee head Jean-Claude Killy had urged Russian organizers not to waste any time with what is seen as an ambitious project.

Russia's Putin invites Japan's interest in oil pipeline project

Vladimir PutinTokyo - Visiting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin invited Japanese business leaders to invest in a Russian pipeline project, while companies from both countries drew up an agreement to jointly develop an oil field in eastern Siberia, media reports said Tuesday.

Putin, who arrived in Japan Monday, met with local business leaders prior to his summit talks Tuesday with Prime Minister Taro Aso. He invited Japan's private sector to invest in the development of a pipeline project to carry oil across Siberia to the Pacific coast.

Putin hints at presidential comeback in 2012

Putin hints at presidential comeback in 2012Moscow, May 9: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has hinted that he wants to comeback as president of the country in 2012.

Putin said there was no decision as yet on whether he or his close ally Dmitry Medevedev, the current president, would run for office when Medvedev''s four-year-stint in the job expires.

"Depending on the effectiveness of our work, President Medvedev and I will take decisions about what to do in the future, he and I," The Guardian quoted Putin, as saying.

Putin pledges aid, but no military support, to NATO in Afghanistan

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinMoscow  - Russia stands prepared to assist NATO in its operations in Afghanistan, so long as that assistance does not include military support on the ground, according to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Quoted by the Interfax news agency in advance of a trip to Tokyo, Putin said Russia has already made its territory available to NATO for transit of non-military supplies.

But Russian involvement in Afghanistan is not an option, he said, given the history of the Soviet Union's disastrous invasion in 1979.

Putin also criticized the effectiveness of NATO airstrikes.

Putin sings patriotic duet with nervous schoolgirl during Victory Day celebrations

Putin sings patriotic duet with nervous schoolgirl during Victory Day celebrationsLondon, May 9 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took a step further into the hearts of people after he mixed his vocals with those of a schoolgirl to sing a patriotic love duet.

The popular leader came to the rescue of the student at a girl''s boarding school in Moscow after she stumbled while performing a famous wartime song, The Dugout.

Putin ice cream whips up fury in Russia

Putin ice cream whips up fury in Russia Moscow - There is outrage in the ruling United Russia party over a new brand of ice cream bearing the name of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The local branch of the party in Lipezk is angry about what it called the lack of political good taste and the profanation of his name, according to the Wednesday edition of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

The paper reported that all the managers of the ice cream company in Lipezk were loyal members of United Russia and that the Putin ice cream was not intended as a reference to the head of government.

Kremlin says Putin''s wealth 11 percent more than President Medvedev

Vladimir PutinMoscow, Apr. 7 : As Russia''s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, earns 11 per cent more than President Dmitry Medvedev, says a Kremlin declaration.

In 2008 Putin earned 4.6 million rouble (94,000 pounds), 11 per cent more than the 4.14 million roubles declared by Medvedev, statement''s posted on their respective web sites showed.

Both men earn over 18 times Russia''s average wage of 230,000 roubles per year, reports The Telegraph.

Russia's Putin defends budget priorities, including oil pipeline

Russia's Putin defends budget priorities, including oil pipeline Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin outlined a list of 2009 budget priorities to the Duma, the lower house of parliament Monday, including plans for the completion of an oil pipeline to China this spring.

The pipeline, made possible in the midst of a financial crisis thanks to a 25-billion-dollar loan from China, is supposed to deliver 15 million tons of oil a year, for a total of 300 million tons from 2010 through 2030.

Putin to visit Poland for WWII celebrations

Putin to visit Poland for WWII celebrations Warsaw - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Poland for ceremonies marking the outbreak of World War II, his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk said Thursday.

The visit in September will be Putin's first trip in a number of years to the former Soviet bloc, and comes after months of tension between Moscow and Warsaw.

Putin's visit will include talks on gas and energy cooperation, Tusk said.

Was ''Putin'' snapped with Reagan?

Was ''Putin'' snapped with Reagan?London, Mar 20 : A photograph has surfaced that reportedly shows Vladmir Putin and then US President Ronald Reagan together.

Official White House snapper Pete Souza took the Red Square picture in 1988.

The Sun quoted experts as saying that Soviet secret service agents often posed as bystanders when foreign leaders toured the USSR during the Cold War.

They claim Putin would have been briefed to ask a crafty question in an attempt to embarrass Ronnie during his visit to Mikhail Gorbachev.

Putin warns Ukraine on gas payments, threatens cut-off

Putin warns Ukraine on gas payments, threatens cut-off Moscow - In the latest frictions between Moscow and Kiev over gas deliveries, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned Ukraine to be punctual with its payments or face another possible cuto-off.

According to the Interfax agency, Putin said that if Ukraine did not make its payments for February by this Saturday, there would be a cut-off.

This in turn could have consequences for consumers in Europe, the Russian government leader warned.

Russian Premier Putin says financial crisis "far from over"

Vladimir PutinMoscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned on Friday the financial crisis was "far from over" and said the government must act to stem attempts by "mercenary" political forces to organize protests on the back of the crisis.

Putin made the comments in a meeting with leaders of the dominant pro-Kremlin party United Russia at his Novo-Ogoryovo residence outside Moscow.

"We are dependent on the global economy and must note that the crisis is far from over - it has not yet even reached its peak," Putin was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying.




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