Vladimir Putin


Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wife Call It Quits

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 2:58 pm

In this handout photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila Putina, await the arrival of G-8 leaders for an informal dinner in July 2006 in Peterhof, Russia.
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After a 30-year marriage, Vladimir Putin announced on state television that he was divorcing his wife, Lyudmila.

Russia Today reports Putin and Lyudmila attended the Esmeralda ballet at the Grand Kremlin Palace, where they broke the news.

According to Russia Today, the country's official English-language news outlet, Putin said it was a "joint decision." RT adds:

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Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Russia Sends More Missiles, Has Ships Near Syria

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:03 am

Friday's major news about the conflict in Syria:

-- "Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria."

According to The New York Times, "Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday."

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Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Britain's Cameron Sees 'A Real Breakthrough' On Syria

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:17 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin viewed the Sochi Olympic Park along the Black Sea coast by helicopter Friday.
Nikolsky Alexei ITAR-TASS /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "made a real breakthrough" last week in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they agreed there will be an American-Russian peace conference on Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron told NPR on Monday.

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Wed April 24, 2013
It's All Politics

The Meaning Of Boston: Depends On Your Angle, Literally

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 5:31 pm

Signatures and messages adorn a Boston Marathon poster on Tuesday near the site of the April 15 bombings.
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The opportunistic political sentiment of never letting a crisis go to waste (see: Rahm Emanuel, among others) has been reframed since the Boston bombings by those seizing on the attack as certain evidence of their positions.

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Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia's Putin Announces $50 Billion In New Space Spending

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:52 am

A Soyuz capsule touches down in Kazakhstan in September, but by 2020, Russian cosmonauts might be splashing down instead.
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Moscow will spend $52 billion on its space program through 2020, including money for completion of a new launch facility on Russian soil.

The announcement came from President Vladimir Putin as he spoke to orbiting astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Cosmonaut's Day, the 52nd anniversary of the first manned space flight by Russian spacefarer Yuri Gagarin.

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