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Top Domestic News

CNN

Talks a Chance for Russia to Step Back on Ukraine
New York Times
GENEVA — The high-level talks on Ukraine that are set to begin here on Thursday have emerged as a pivotal test of Russia's intentions in the region before th...


ABC Online

Armored Vehicles Flying Russian Flags Appear in Eastern Ukraine
TIME
The Associated Press reported of a column of combat vehicles with Russian flags driving through the city of Slovyansk. One soldier said he was a part of the ...

Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit
New York Times
MOSCOW — Margarita R. Zobnina, a professor of marketing here, has been watching the Russian economy's gathering woes with mounting alarm: friends who ...

Russia sees 'serious capital flight,' economy slows
USA TODAY
Russia's incursions into Ukraine are causing its financial markets and economy real pain. The Russian MICEX stock index has fallen 12% from its Feb. 17 high, despite a 1% g...

Ukraine Invasion Unlikely as Russia Achieves Goals: General
NBCNews.com
Russia has staged tanks, fighter jets and an estimated 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. But don't expect them to charge across and start a conventional war ...

Top Putin News

Wall Street Journal

Vladimir Putin Has Upper Hand as Ukraine Talks Begin
NBCNews.com
Vladimir Putin portrays himself as a hard man. Judo is his chosen sport. In a judo match, the expert waits until his opponent is off balance, then pounces. This...


CNN

Mr. Putin's Power Play
New York Times
When President Vladimir Putin of Russia talks about what is happening in Ukraine these days, it is as if he's looking into a mirror. He says fascists and ...


Forbes

Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler?
Forbes
As Mein Kampf makes clear, Hitler sought to unite all the people of German speech and culture into one state, or Reich, preferably by peaceful nego tiation, o...

Putin: Russia's great propagandist
Financial Times
Mr Dolutsky has long been a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin's government. Ten years ago the government pulled his history textbook from the curriculum for...


Foreign Policy (blog)

Will Putin Fall Victim to One of History's Classic Blunders?
Foreign Policy (blog)
President Vladimir Putin has demanded a neutral and federated Ukraine, one that would be vulnerable to the Kremlin's coercion and might one day be parti...

Is Putin the richest man in the World?

 

Latest Snowden News

NPR

Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker
NPR

 

Latest Alexei Navalny News

Slate Magazine (blog)

America's New Russ...

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Russia's richest men:

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Russian Ranking World ranking Name Sources of wealth Net worth
(USD billions)
1 28 Alisher Usmanov steel, telecom, investments 18.1
2 41 Vladimir Lisin steel, investments 15.9
3 45 Alexei Mordashov investments 15.3
4 46 Vladimir Potanin metals 14.5
5 56 Vagit Alekperov LUKoil 13.5
6 57 Mikhail Fridman oil, banking, telecom 13.4
7 58 Mikhail Prokhorov investments 13.2
8 64 Viktor Vekselberg oil, metals 12.4
9 68 Roman Abramovich steel, investments 12.1
10 72 Leonid Mikhelson gas, chemicals 11.9
11 81 Andrey Melnichenko coal, fertilizers 10.8
12 99 Gennady Timchenko oil & gas 9.1
13 100 Dmitry Rybolovlev fertilizer 9
14 104 Oleg Deripaska aluminum, utilities 8.8
15 105 German Khan oil, banking, telecom 8.5
16 110 Iskander Makhmudov mining, metals, machinery 8.2
17 141 Mikhail Gutseriev oil, real estate 6.7
18 141 Alexei Kuzmichev oil, banking, telecom 6.7
19 146 Leonid Fedun Lukoil 6.5
20 146 Suleiman Kerimov investments 6.5
The above is a Forbes list of Russian billionaires. It is based on an annual assessment of wealth and assets compiled and published by Forbes magazine on March 10, 2012. Russia had 95 billionaires in 2012.


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