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Putin’s Finger Is on Trigger of Retaliation
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Putin’s Finger Is on Trigger of Retaliation

Want to receive this post in your inbox every morning?  Sign up  for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more. Russian President Vladimir Putin is suddenly confronting a Western alliance that's united against him after the unprecedented expulsion of nearly 140 of his diplomats by 24 countries. While Russia's promising a “tough” response, Putin must…

Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia a deadly bear or a paper tiger?
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Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia a deadly bear or a paper tiger?

With the conflict in Ukraine, allegations of election tampering, the war in Syria and renewed claims of international espionage, relations between Cold War enemies Russia and the West are at rock bottom in 2018. In the midst of this mutual distrust, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a slew of futuristic and, at times, alarming new…

Five reasons why Putin’s re-election is a sham
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Five reasons why Putin’s re-election is a sham

It was the result everyone expected: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was elected for a fourth term as president of Russia with a thumping majority of the vote. Why was it expected? Because in Russia’s sham elections, only Putin is allowed to win. Putin, 65, secured over 76 percent of the vote on a turnout above 67 percent.…

Putin’s Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower
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Putin’s Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower

By Angela Charlton and Naira Davlashyan | AP By Angela Charlton and Naira Davlashyan | AP March 11 at 11:46 PM MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin and his Russia look more invincible today than at any other time in his 18 years in power. Since Putin last faced an election in 2012, Russians have invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, blanket-bombed Syria,…

Putin’s Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower
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Putin’s Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin and his Russia look more invincible than at any other time in his 18 years in power. Since he last faced election in 2012, Russians have invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, blanket-bombed Syria, been accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election and claimed to have a scary new nuclear arsenal.…

Putin’s newest ally threw his weight behind Russian dominance in Europe’s energy market
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Putin’s newest ally threw his weight behind Russian dominance in Europe’s energy market

On Wednesday, Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s 31-year-old chancellor, threw his support behind a controversial project that would flood Europe’s energy market with Russian gas and solidify the European Union’s dependence on Moscow's energy supplies: the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Kurz, Europe’s youngest leader and head of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (OVP), became chancellor in December.…

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