Russia

There are not much people who are familiar with Vladimir Putin's power drunken career that began in 2005 when he deplored the fall of the Soviet Union. His 'complaint' was a warning signal to many Russia monitors: follow this former KGB agent in all his actions inside and outside his country very closely. Take Putin's invention of his own version of the European Union that stuck at Ukraine's doorstep. The invasion of Crimea and the war in East Ukraine as well the MH-17 disaster were the result.

Now, the 21st century czar has a new problem, by the media seen as Putin's Navalny problem. It's Putin's addiction to luxury. But it is his imperialistic ideas and his characters of personality that hallmarks his desire to seek the rulership  for life. It begins with imposing the immunity law quickly drafted to protect himself from prosecution over the result of addiction to luxury. The next step to alter the constitution would certainly be the change of the presidential term, his Turkish ally Erdogan, who also is a imperialist but in an Ottoman manner, wishes to change.  GLOSM monitors developments in this context.

The Kremlin says the recent Putin-Biden summit has not stopped Washington trying to ‘contain’ Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told U.S. television network NBC that, when asked about plans for a successor, he is ready to support someone who is faithful to the country even if he is critical of the president.

A Moscow court on Wednesday night outlawed the organizations founded by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by labeling them extremist, the latest move in a campaign to silence dissent and bar Kremlin critics from running for parliament in September.

U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) filed a legal case at the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday to challenge the "foreign agent" label imposed on it by Russian authorities.

Russia on Friday designated online news site VTimes a "foreign agent" and also sent bailiffs to the Moscow office of U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) over unpaid fines in a widening crackdown on media critical of the Kremlin.

Russia is seeking an additional 24 million roubles ($321,586) in fines from U.S. tech giant Twitter for failing to remove content banned in Russia, the TASS news agency cited a court as saying on Wednesday.

The European Union has summoned Russia’s ambassador after Moscow blacklisted eight EU officials in retaliation for the bloc’s decision to impose sanctions over the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Russia has opened a criminal investigation against one of the country's top human rights lawyers who is defending jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in an extremism case.

Russia on Friday barred eight officials from European Union countries from entering the country in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens by the EU.

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