Vladimir Putin

Georgia's Eurovision song entry takes swipe at Putin

Vladimir PutinMoscow/Tbilisi - Georgia elected a snappy disco tune that takes a swipe at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for its Eurovision contest song entry hosted by Moscow this year.

Georgia had initially said it would boycott the song contest after its war with Russia in August, but has opted instead for a soft-power punch.

"We Don't Wanna Put In" belted out by the group Stefan & 3Gs is a rather bald play on words on the Russian premier's name.

Vladimir Putin says he didn’t attend Abba tribute gig

Vladimir Putin says he didn’t attend Abba tribute gigLondon, Feb 11: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has denied attending a secret gig by UK Abba tribute band on January 22.

According to the members of Bjorn Again, Putin was seen dancing away and yelling bravo while the band performed some of its hit songs like Honey Honey in a theatre 200 miles north of Moscow.

However, while writing in the The Times, Kremlin officials have shot down reports that Putin was present at the concert.

Dmitry Peskov said he was "sorry to disappoint" the band over gig.

Putin's ABBA gig has Ring Ring of truth, promoter says

Vladimir PutinSydney - A private concert by ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was entirely believable, the band's Australian co-founder said Saturday.

"We've played private gigs for Rowan Atkinson, we did Russell Crowe's wedding, we've done a show for Bill Gates where we played Money, Money, Money," John Tyrrell told the The Australian newspaper.

The Kremlin has denied reports that the London-based Bjorn Again foursome was flown to Russia to perform for Putin.

Vladimir Putin’s a diehard Abba fan

Vladimir Putin’s a diehard Abba fanLondon, Feb 6 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is such huge fan of Abba that he actually called the band to his homeland for a private concert.

Putin was seen dancing away at the band's Honey Honey song along with Kremlin officials, as Kalashnikov-wielding guards patrolled the building.

"I got a phone call before Christmas. The voice on the end of the phone said, ''Kremlin... Russia... Moscow... we want your band''," the Telegraph quoted Bjorn Again''s founder, Rod Stephens, as saying.

Putin reassures IOC over Russia's financing of 2014 Olympics

Putin reassures IOC over Russia's financing of 2014 Olympics Moscow  - Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has assured the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that his government remains fully committed to financing the
2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi despite the global economic crisis.

Putin said Saturday at a meeting with the Games' IOC coordinator Jean-Claude Killy in Sochi that the financing of the Games was secured in the State budget.

Russia's Putin to open Davos conference

Vladimir PutinGeneva - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been slated to open the 39th Davos World Economic Forum this Wednesday as world politicians are expected to take centre stage in dealing with the ongoing financial and economic crisis.

Forty heads of state and government are expected to attend the annual event in the Swiss ski resort, more than double the number that attended last year.

Putin orders budget review as finance ministry lowers growth forecast

Putin orders budget review as finance ministry lowers growth forecast Moscow  - Russia signalled on Monday it would overhaul its 2009 budget against the backdrop of plummeting oil prices, Russia's main export commodity, and a forced devaluation of the rouble.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the finance ministry to review the 2009 budget, based on an average price of oil at 41 dollars per barrel.

Painting by Vladimir Putin fetches £750k in charity auction

Vladimir PutinLondon, Jan 19 : A picture sketched by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has fetched a record 37 million roubles (750,000 pounds) at a charity auction in his hometown of St Petersburg.

Painted with pastels, Putin's artwork depicts a wintery night sky seen through a peasant''s window framed by traditional lace curtains embroidered with beads and red stitching, reports the Guardian.

The word `pattern' is daubed underneath the bottom lattice, while Putin has signed his name over the pelmet.

Putin's first painting sells for more than a million dollars

Putin's first painting sells for more than a million dollars Moscow - A painting of an ice encrusted window by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was auctioned in his hometown of St Petersburg Saturday for 37 million rubles
(1.14 million dollars).

The original "Putin" entitled usor (pattern) brought in a record price among the group of works by 28 well-known individuals, the organizers of the charitable auction were quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

Gas row inches towards solution on German soil

Gas row inches towards solution on German soilBerlin  - The room in Berlin's Ritz hotel was pleasantly warm as Russia's prime minister met Friday with European gas company executives intent on resolving the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute.

Vladimir Putin emphasized his desire for a solution, although his messages were mixed. "Together, we need to work out how we can support our Ukrainian friends," the Russian premier said during the spontaneously agreed meeting in central Berlin's luxury hotel.

Putin says talks with key gas importers were "good"

Putin says talks with key gas importers were "good" Berlin  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said his talks in Berlin Friday with three key western gas importers were "good."

Speaking after a lengthy meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said he expected a settlement of the dispute and an end to the blockade that has cut westward supplies of Siberian gas via Ukraine.

Merkel told reporters there might be a test phase where gas pumping was resumed under monitoring by European Union inspectors.

In Berlin, Putin asks West to pay pump costs

In Berlin, Putin asks West to pay pump costs Berlin  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appealed Friday in Berlin to big western energy companies to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure a resumption of shipments of Siberian gas.

He later began an hour of scheduled talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the crisis, which is in its third week.

Meeting executives of E. ON Ruhrgas of Germany, ENI of Italy and Gaz de France, Putin proposed a consortium pay for "technical" gas, which is removed from the pipeline to power the giant pumps that keep the remainder of the gas moving westwards.

Putin arrives in Berlin on German visit

Vladimir PutinBerlin - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin toured the International Green Week Agricultural Fair in Berlin on Friday ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel was expected to use the late afternoon meeting to urge the Russian leader to resolve the gas dispute with Ukraine as soon as possible.

A government spokesman said Merkel expected Moscow and Kiev to adhere to their contractual obligations and resume natural gas supplies to Europe without further delay.

Criticism over German award for Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinDresden, Germany - A human rights group criticized plans by a German cultural organization to present an award to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the eastern city of Dresden on Friday.

"He doesn't deserve to be honoured," the German-based Society for Threatened Peoples said, blaming Putin for human rights violations by Russian troops in Chechnya.

During his time as president, the Russian leader was responsible for the deaths of around 80,000 men, women and children in the breakaway republic, the society said in a statement.

‘Macho’ Vladimir Putin turns painter for charity auction

Vladimir PutinLondon, Jan 15 : Vladimir Putin has a reputation for being something of a tough man, but now the Russian Prime Minister has shown his softer side by turning his hand to art.

His debut painting pays tribute to Ukrainian folklore and will be auctioned for charity at the weekend.

Painted with pastels, Putin's artwork depicts a wintery night sky seen through a peasant''s window framed by traditional lace curtains embroidered with beads and red stitching.

Putin: Russia to resume Ukraine gas only with EU monitors

Putin: Russia to resume Ukraine gas only with EU monitors Moscow  - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia would reopen gas flow to Europe only after European monitors are in place in Ukraine to monitor its safe flow.

"What must happen today is that controlling mechanisms are put in place and monitors are sent to the border where our gas enters Ukrainian territory," Putin told journalist in televised comments Thursday.

Putin said the government in Kiev had "collapsed" and showed proof of a "high-level criminal structure."

Russia's Putin to visit Germany next week

Vladimir PutinBerlin - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel next week on his first visit to Germany since stepping down as president, government sources said Tuesday.

The talks are expected to take place on January 16. Putin is also scheduled to meet Merkel's deputy, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and pay a visit to the International Green Week agricultural fair that opens in the German capital next week.

Putin, who has been prime minister since May 2008, might also pay a visit to the east German city of Dresden, where he served as a Soviet KGB officer from 1985-1990, the sources said. (dpa)

ROUNDUP: Putin warns that the era of cheap gas is over

ROUNDUP: Putin warns that the era of cheap gas is overMoscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned Tuesday that "the era of cheap gas" would soon be over in an address to ministers of gas exporting countries meeting in Moscow.

"The expense necessary for the development of fields is rising sharply, and this means that despite the current financial crisis and the fall of prices on energy commodities, the era of cheap energy resources, of cheap gas, is coming to an end," Putin said in televised comments.

Georgian woman claims she is Putin''s real mother

Moscow, Dec. 6 : A Georgian woman has claimed that she is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s real mother.

Vera Putina, 82, has claimed that Vladmir is the child she gave away at the age of ten, giving an account of an unhappy childhood, which is fiercely disputed by the Kremlin.

The Telegraph reports that Vera Putina lives hand-to-mouth in rural Georgia. Her house sits on a dirt track in the village of Metekhi, about 12 miles from Gori that was occupied by Russian tanks this August during the conflict over the breakaway state of South Ossetia.

A tiny woman, with gnarled worker''s hands, only Putina''s strong cheekbones and deep-set, piercing blue eyes are suggestive of who she claims she is.

Putin expects better U.S. relationship

MOSCOW, Dec. 4  -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he expects better relations between Russia and the United States when Barack Obama becomes president.

Putin took questions from the public during a three-hour session that was broadcast on radio and television, his first such appearance since he became prime minister, the RIA Novosti news agency reported..

He said Obama appears to be less enthusiastic about a proposed missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic than the Bush administration. Obama has said he would only support the shield if it is shown to be effective.




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