In Russia, giving one’s spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.
Former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for “saving my life” during the bloody demonstrations that led to his ouster. Currently exiled in Russia Yanukovych, told the BBC that he would like to return to Ukraine one day and blamed the country’s plight on the demonstrators who occupied Kiev’s Maidan Square — the focal point of the uprising against his rule.
President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year.It is part of a wide-reaching programme to modernise the country’s military. The announcement comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe.
On Tuesday Russia said it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine, despite warnings by the United States and European Union that they will not drop sanctions over the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation a year ago.
A top political nemesis of President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed early Saturday in central Moscow, Russian police said, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place. Boris Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister, was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking on a bridge just outside the Kremlin. The Kremlin said that Putin will personally oversee the investigation into his death.
More proof, Obama lives in a dream world, as he tries to convince himself of his importance. Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that “doesn’t make anything” and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be “pretty firm” with China as Beijing pushes to expand its role in the world economy.