Opinion

Putinism and Putin's retirement plan

The Russian president is making early preparations for his retirement. What does this mean for Russia?

Leonid Ragozin

by Leonid Ragozin

Leonid Ragozin

Russia

Putin's hand-picked PM nominee backed by ruling party

Mikhail Mishustin, a former tax official, set to be next prime minister of Russia.

Putin's party backs president's pick for prime minister

Russia

Russian parliament to review Putin PM pick after shock overhaul

If approved, tax chief Mikhail Mishustin will have a week to choose a new government and ministers.

Russia

Is Putin attempting to carve out a 'father of the nation' role?

After he proposed sweeping constitutional reform, analysts say Russian president is seeking to extend his hold on power.

Russia

Russian gov't quits after Putin proposes constitutional reform

In televised announcement, outgoing PM says gov't resigning to give president room to carry out constitutional changes.

AJ Impact

Putin, Erdogan deepen energy ties as Middle East tensions mount

Russian and Turkish leaders inaugurate TurkStream pipeline; Erdogan warns US of ‘nightmare of conflict’ in Middle East.

Putin, Erdogan deepen energy ties as Middle East tensions mount

Syria's War

Putin meets Assad in rare Syria visit amid US-Iran tensions

Surprise visit comes as regional tensions intensify over Syria's ally Iran vowing response to Soleimani's killing.

Putin meets Assad in rare Syria visit amid US-Iran tensions

Russia

20 years of Putin: From political unknown to dominant force

New Year's Eve marks two decades since Vladimir Putin's ascent to power.

Europe

Russia, Ukraine mulling new prisoner swap: Kyiv

Ukrainian presidency says Kyiv and Moscow are working towards new prisoner exchange, days after swapping 200 captives.

Russia, Ukraine mulling new prisoner swap: Kyiv

Inside Story

Is Vladimir Putin creating a new reality on the ground in Crimea?

The Russian president has opened a direct train link between Russia and the peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014.

AJ Impact

Can Russia's internet survive being shut out of world wide web?

The country's 'sovereign internet' law aims to allow it to disconnect its networks from the rest of the world.

Can Russia's internet survive being shut out of world wide web?

Vladimir Putin

Putin talks Trump impeachment, climate in annual conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin says impeachment of US leader is based on fabricated reasons, lashes out at Democrats.

Putin talks Trump impeachment, climate in annual conference

Ukraine

Putin, Zelenskyy agree to Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap at summit

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held nine hours of talks in a Paris summit brokered by France and Germany.

Putin, Zelenskyy agree to Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap at summit

Ukraine

Putin, Zelenskyy to hold first summit on Ukraine conflict

No comprehensive peace deal is expected but diplomats hope meeting will help boost trust between leaders.

Putin, Zelenskyy to hold first summit on Ukraine conflict

AJ Impact

Russian economic growth picks up due to strategic spending

While economic growth rose in October, Moscow officials are divided on Vladimir Putin's plan to further boost growth.

Russian economic growth picks up due to strategic spending