Apr 10, 2013 — The bill would make it a crime, punishable by prison and a steep fine, to offend religious feelings.
Apr 8, 2013 — In Hanover, Germany, the Russian leader was greeted by three women protesters who stripped off their tops before shouting expletives at him. While he professed to enjoy their demonstration, Putin's aides want the women punished.
Jan 3, 2013 — Gerard Depardieu has complained about high taxes in his native land. Meanwhile, he has befriended some of Russia's allies and is an acting icon in that nation. Also, the Russian leader may see a chance to tweak the West by claiming one of its wealthier citizens.
Dec 28, 2012 — An estimated 1,500 American families are in the process of adopting from Russia. About 50 have already been matched with a child. Now, their plans are in limbo. Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a law barring U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
Dec 27, 2012 — Angered by an American law barring some Russian officials from entering the U.S., parliament members in Moscow have retaliated. Putin has now said he sees no reason not to sign the adoption ban. More than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by Americans since 1992, the State Department says.
Nov 14, 2012 — Now anyone who knows a "state secret" will face up to 20 years in prison. Critics fear the law follows a series of recent moves designed to silence dissent.
Nov 6, 2012 — It's an out of character move for the Kremlin, because Anatoly E. Serdyukov was a Vladimir Putin loyalist.
Oct 10, 2012 — Two of the three political punk rockers will serve the remainder of their two-year terms for "hooliganism."
Sep 6, 2012 — In just the past 24 hours he has mused about why group sex might be better than "one-on-one" and has been video taped flying a motorized hang glider in an attempt to lead some cranes on their migration south.
Aug 17, 2012 — The three women were accused of religious hatred for an anti-Putin protest they staged in a cathedral. The case has attracted attention around the world as people come to the young women's defense.