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Russian journalist and Putin challenger defends herself against claims she is a Kremlin plant
In the early 1990s, when Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak was 11 years old, she said she would open the front door for Vladimir Putin when he came to her home. Putin was there to see her late father, Anatoly Sobchak, who served as the mayor of Saint Petersburg during the troubled years
Who is Sergey Gorkov, the Russian banker who met with Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner 's December meeting with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov is a focus in the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, sources told ABC News. In the wake of reports that Kushner, the president's son-in-law, discussed establishing back-channel communications with the
Poisoned Putin Critic Out of Coma, Wife Says
The Putin critic, Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been in a coma for a week after apparently being poisoned, has regained consciousness and is now awake, his wife has told ABC News. Vladimir Kara-Murza has been in a hospital in critical condition since last Thursday when he abruptly fell ill,
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...