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Once-Jailed Oligarch 'Ready' to Challenge Putin for Presidency
The last Russian oligarch to challenge President Vladimir Putin politically -- and pay dearly for it -- says he's ready to try again. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once Russia's richest man and the head of Russian energy giant Yukos. But after he made political moves against Putin, he was quickly tried
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 3 Music issue. Subscribe today! W hat to ask the ruler? Last summer I joined the presidential press pool in Sochi, Russia, the home of February's Olympics. Russian president -- and self-appointed Sochi Games manager -- Vladimir Putin was in town to
Russian Author and Activist Masha Gessen Answers Five Questions
This week, Russian journalist and LGBT activist Masha Gessen, author of ‘Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot’ answered five questions on the recent uproar over LGBT rights in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political moves in advance of the Winter Games in Sochi,...
Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Gets 5 Years for Embezzlement
Anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of embezzlement today in what he had denounced as a political show trial. Navalny was sentenced to five years in prison and given a large fine. He and a co-defendant,...
Chess Grand Master Garry Kasparov Is Latest Russian to Flee
Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov has fled his country because he says he fears political persecution if he stays. "I kept traveling back and forth until late February, where it became clear that I might be part of this ongoing investigation of the activities of the political protesters,"
The Global Note: A Syria Vote…Talking To The Taliban…Famine Alert…More Cellphones Than Humans
SYRIA: U.N. VOTE, CRIES FOR HELP -THE VOTE…The U.N. General Assembly votes this afternoon on an Arab League plan to end the violence in Syria, and will call for a special UN envoy to press for peace – if not regime change – after a...
New Jersey Nets Owner to Run for President of Russia
The billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets announced today he would run for president in the country’s March elections. That will pit Mikhail Prokhorov against former president and current prime minister Vladimir Putin, generally considered the most powerful man in the country and a...
Artists Compete for Best Drawing of Russian Oligarch on Trial
ABC's Alexander Marquardt reports from Moscow: At first glance it looks like a high school art exhibit: many of the drawings hanging from twine on the sterile gallery’s walls are amateurish sketches, others detailed portraits, some fantastical cartoons. As in...
President Obama Seeks to Build Up Medvedev Over Putin
President Obama gave an interview to the most independent publication in Russia, Novaya Gazet, which has been highly critical of the Kremlin. The interview seemed to have been a way to build up Russian President Dmitry Medvedev - who also gave Novaya Gazet a recent interview -- and to seemingly ...
Russia Court Orders Arrest of Russian Oil Mogul Gutseriyev
A Russian court issued a warrant on Tuesday for the arrest of billionaire Mikhail Gutseriyev, who has accused the state of using tax evasion charges to force him out of his Russneft oil business. The warrant for Gutseriyev, who prosecutors believe is outside Russia, could hinder a plan by