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Vladimir Putin signs ‘fake news’ prevention bill

MOSCOW, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed bills restricting online media and making a criminal of anyone who insults the state — laws that critics see as part of Kremlin efforts to stifle criticism and tighten media control.

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White House rejects request for Trump, Putin communications

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday rejected a Democratic request for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat in on their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki last summer.

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A linguist, a pop star and 'Putin's chef': 8 you probably didn't know were key figures in the Russia probe

Robert Mueller's investigation has cast a spotlight on more than a dozen Russian nationals, including billionaires, an elusive linguist, an ambassador and a pop star. Here's a look at some of the cast of characters.

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Is Putin Karzai’s New “Best Friend?”

U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs. RE: Karzai and other War Profiteers and War CriminalsAre an Obstacle to True Peace. Karzai Is Trying to Hijack the Qatar Meeting It is very wise if the United States partners with the Afghan/Pashtun majority and not conti

VETERANS TODAY

Putin’s message to Assad devoted to bilateral ties, Syrian settlement, says Kremlin

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin in his message to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, handed over earlier this week, outlined a number of issues devoted to bilateral relations and settlement in the country, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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‘No winners here except Putin’: Florida reacts to the Mueller report’s conclusions

Attorney General William Barr has released a summary of the report, which said that no one involved with the Trump campaign conspired or colluded with Russians during the 2016 election. But it stopped short of clearing Trump of obstruction of justice.

TAMPA BAY TIMES

Russia's Crimea invasion was good for Putin. But five years later, the nationalist glow is gone.

Five years after annexing Crimea from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has celebrated the March 18 takeover by visiting the Black Sea peninsula with great pomp, enveloped in patriotic propaganda. But for many in Russia, watching the festivities was like a scene from “Mad Max: Fury Road” — w

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Trump Administration Refuses to Give Congress President’s Communications With Putin, Says They’re ‘Confidential’

The Trump administration has rejected a request from several congressional committees for access to documents and interviews regarding the president’s communications with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

NEWSWEEK

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

If they fail to do so, prosecutors will move to block them. A bill passed by the Russian parliament earlier this month introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols or government organs. The fines go up to around $23,000 for repeat offenders.

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Trump Didn’t Collude With Russia. So Why Does He Love Putin So Much?

Blake Hounshell is the editor in chief of POLITICO Magazine. That’s the clear interpretation of Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s findings, at least as they were conveyed Sunday by Attorney General William Barr. And it’s certainly the line President Donald Trump’s gloating defenders are promoting today.

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Trump’s Golan Heights stance is a big gift for Netanyahu – but the real beneficiary is Putin

Trump’s latest wet kiss to his pal Bibi is supposed to help the beleaguered Israeli prime minister, but really it will benefit Putin – and Xi. The unintended consequences of dumb diplomacy may prove severe here.

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Amy Klobuchar defends her staff treatment, says toughness needed when dealing with Putin

(CNN) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar's nascent presidential campaign has been dogged by allegations that the Minnesota Democrat mistreated her Senate staff. In an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow on Thursday, the senator admitted she "can always do better" with her staff, but said her toughness would be an a

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Thousands of Russian children to be recruited into Putin's 'youth army' which has been likened to the Hitler Youth

Tens of thousands of Russian orphans, some as young as eight, are to be recruited into Vladimir Putin's 'youth army' where they will be trained to use machine guns and parachute jump.

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Putin’s missile with ‘unlimited’ range is too expensive and hasn’t flown more than 22 miles

Putin’s push to develop weapons of this caliber has sparked concerns of a budding arms race among China, the U.S. and Russia. What’s more, the latest revelations come a little more than a year after the Russian leader touted his nation’s growing hypersonic arsenal. Of the six new weapons Putin unvei

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Russia passes hideous censorship law, Putin says "if the EU is into censorship, why shouldn't we?"

Though Western media outlets are whining about these new laws in Russia and complaining about how authoritarian they are, the reality is most Western governments’ laws are even worse.

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Russia's next land grab could be in Europe — here's what Putin might have his eyes on

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used action abroad to shore up his standing at home. Recent polls indicate his popularity among Russians is falling. That may mean Moscow may soon act against another European country, argues Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Russia's Putin meets heads of world's top oil traders, BP in Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Wednesday heads of the world’s top oil traders Glencore and Vitol, as well as BP’s chief executive, among others, promising favourable conditions for business.

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Putin may hold separate meeting with UK business executives at SPIEF - spokesman

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, March 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin may hold a separate meeting with representatives of the UK business within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) that will be held on June 6-8, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Rossiya-1 tele

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Vladimir Putin Transparency Act Passes House

ORLANDO, FL – Today the Vladimir Putin Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) and Rep. Elise M. Stefanik (NY-21), passed the House of Representatives. The legislation directs the U.S. intelligence community to report to Congress regarding the financial assets and hidden networks us

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Vladimir Putin: Russians Sanctioned by U.S. Must Be Doing a Good Job

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made light of western diplomatic and economic sanctions imposed on some of his compatriots, suggesting they are actually a mark of success for the businesspeople.

NEWSWEEK