Latest Vladimir Putin News

Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote

Dec. 16, 2018 1:41 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai elected a Kremlin-backed candidate for governor Sunday after the results from a previous election were thrown out due to alleged voting fraud. Local election officials said the acting governor of the region, Oleg Kozhemyako, won 61.8...

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

Dec. 16, 2018 1:24 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Speaking the day after Ukrainian bishops approved the charter for a religious authority...

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Dec. 15, 2018 2:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But Putin said at a St....

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church

Dec. 15, 2018 2:03 PM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia. The vote, held at a closed-door synod in...

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

Dec. 14, 2018 1:46 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus on Friday accused some politicians in Russia of floating the prospect of incorporating his nation, and vowed that he wouldn't let it happen. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also criticized the Kremlin's plan to raise crude oil prices for Belarus,...

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

Dec. 13, 2018 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun-rights activist admitted Thursday that she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors....

Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

Dec. 13, 2018 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump's most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real." Flake declined to seek re-election to a second term, acknowledging that his...

Russian parliament runs rap song contest amid crackdown

Dec. 13, 2018 8:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament on Thursday announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values....

Russia: Putin says he only heard of alleged spy after arrest

Dec. 11, 2018 12:17 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he had never heard of a woman who is accused of spying for Moscow in the United States until her July arrest. U.S. prosecutors have alleged that Maria Butina gathered intelligence and worked to develop relationships with American...

Putin, opposition gather to honor prominent rights activist

Dec. 11, 2018 11:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin officials and Russia's opposition on Tuesday gathered to pay tribute to Russia's most prominent human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who died at age 91. Alexeyeva, a staunch and uncompromising rights advocate, made a name for herself in the 1960s and '70s protesting the...