Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha

Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Putin’

10 Surprising Facts About Vladimir Putin’s Extraordinary Past

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stood — often bare-chested — at the helm of Russian politics since 1999, rotating between the presidency and the prime minister’s office.

But before his fast rise to power, Putin spent most of his life far out of the limelight.

With Putin at the center of several global crises, from Syria to Ukraine, The WorldPost takes a look back at the leader’s surprising past.

1. Vladimir Putin grew up in a communal apartment shared by three families in St. Petersburg (then known as Leningrad), and he says he remembers hunting rats in the stairwell.

putin childhood leningradThe building on St. Petersburg’s Baskov Lane where Putin spent his childhood is shown in this April 2002 photo. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File) Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Putin Named Most Powerful Person in World by Forbes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 31, 2013

Putin

putin-obama_2252410b

Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person on the planet by Forbes magazine Wednesday, knocking US President Barack Obama off the number one spot.

Forbes said that Putin, who ranked third last year, showed his dominance in diplomatic maneuvring during the international crisis over Syria, and the fate of fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden who was given asylum in Russia.

“Putin has solidified his control over Russia (“dictator” is no longer an outlandish word to ponder) and the global stage,” Forbes said.

The top spot has been given to Obama every year since Forbes began compiling the ranking in 2009, except in 2010 when Hu Jintao, the former Chinese leader, was deemed the most influential. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Putin Divorce: Russian President And Wife Lyudmila Say Marriage Is Over On TV

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 7, 2013

By 

Noe Putin single

Noe Putin single

Reuters reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife have said their marriage is over:

 Reuters World@ReutersWorld 

Reuters World

Russian president Putin and wife Lyudmila say on TV that their marriage is over #breaking

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Vladstradamus: Putin knows when world will end, not afraid of apocalypse

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2012

As frenzied doomsayers around the world prepare for the apocalypse on December, 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin put his trust in science, saying at a yearly Q&A that the earth won’t end for another 4.5 billion years, when the sun goes out.

“It will all end in 4.5 billion years, the reaction will stop and the Sun will turn into a White Dwarf… I don’t believe the world will end this year,” President Putin said during the press conference.

Putin, known for enjoying large open-format discussions, held his traditional end-of-year Q&A with more than 1,000 journalists on Thursday. In a wide-ranging, four-hour discussion, the Russian president touched on topics both serious and silly, like Syria and the so-called Mayan apocalypse.

Below are some of Putin’s most noteworthy quotes from the event:

Russia′s President Vladimir Putin holds the first major press conference of his third term in power in Moscow, on December 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Natalia Kolesnikova)
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin holds the first major press conference of his third term in power in Moscow, on December 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Natalia Kolesnikova)

On banning the US child adoption bill: “I understand, it’s an emotional response from the State Duma, but I believe it is adequate.”

On the reasoning behind the proposed ban: “We are grateful to those American citizens who follow the call of heart and adopt or want to adopt Russian children. They do it with dignity and in line with the high principles of humanism. But we also know about tragic cases, like the one where the child was left to die from heat in a locked car. The issue is not in those tragedies per se – children die here too. The issue is in the attitude of the authorities to such cases. People are spared punishment for such acts. That’s what the draft legislation is aimed to address.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Russia Arms Sales: Putin Touts Record $14 Billion In Weapons Exports In 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 18, 2012

The Horse Whisperer In this Sept. 2010, photo released on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pats a horse during his trip in Ubsunur Hollow in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), on the border with Mongolia, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

The Horse Whisperer
In this Sept. 2010, photo released on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pats a horse during his trip in Ubsunur Hollow in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), on the border with Mongolia, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) –

Russian arms exports reached a record $14 billion this year, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, extending a run of record-breaking sales in recent years that have included deliveries to Syria despite the civil war raging there.

The world no. 2 arms exporter has cultivated new weapons clients in Southeast Asia and Africa, despite criticism that it is failing to deliver the technological benefits of Western suppliers or the low costs of emerging weapons exporter China.

“Let’s talk about our results – they are positive. We are reaching a record level of weapons exports. Their total volume was above $14 billion,” Putin said in a televised meeting with officials.

He said Russia had signed over $15 billion in new export contracts this year alone. He did not spell out when deliveries on those deals were expected.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

World Leaders’ Salary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2012

Barack Obama – President US – Born: USA, Hawaii 1961 – Married – Children: 2

  • Annual: USD 400,000.00
  • Monthly: USD 33,333.00
  • Weekly: USD 8,000.00
  • Daily: USD 1,600.00
The Obama family, in tax returns released Friday 13, 2012 by the White House, reported an adjusted gross income of $789,674 for 2011, down from $1,728,096 in the previous year. The family income topped $5.5 million in 2009. The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job. His total earnings are much higher because of his books sales.Note: the VIP Salary Check is based on a 5 days working week and 2 weeks holiday per year.
NetWorth: between $1 million and $2.5 million
Xi Jinping – President of People’s Republic of China – Born: 1953 China – Married – Children: 1

  • Annual: USD 39,720.00
  • Monthly: USD 3,310.00
  • Weekly: USD 794.00
  • Daily: USD 158.00
WantChinaTimes July 2012: Xi Jinping earned US$3,275 a month as the Chinese vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. For his salary as President of China, we adapted the salary of Hu Jintao. In July 2012 the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo revealed last Wednesday the monthly salary of Hu, also chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, is 21,119 yuan (US$3,310), according to the salary scale for China’s public servants.
    • Heinz Fischer – President Austria – Born: 1938 Austria – Married – Children: 2
      Heinz Fischer
      • Annual: USD 393,443.00
      • Monthly: USD 32,787.00
      • Weekly: USD 7,869.00
      • Daily: USD 1,574.00
    • Herman van Rompuy – President of the European Council – Born: 1947 Belgium -Married – Children: 4
      Herman van Rompuy
      • Annual: USD 498,228.00
      • Monthly: USD 41,519.00
      • Weekly: USD 9,965.00
      • Daily: USD 1,993.00
    • Raila Odinga (Agwambo) – Prime Minister Kenya – Born: 1945 Kenya – Married -Children: 4
      Raila Odinga (Agwambo)
      • Annual: USD 427,886.00
      • Monthly: USD 35,657.00
      • Weekly: USD 8,557.00
      • Daily: USD 1,711.00
    • Julia Gillard – Prime Minister Australia -Born: 1961 UK – Boyfriend
      Julia Gillard

Posted in Article, Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Putin Compares Russian Opposition To ‘Weak Cranes’ After Flying Stunt

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 10, 2012

Putin Weak Cranes

By Gleb Bryanski

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Days after flying with migrating cranes, Russian President Vladimir Putin likened his opponents on Sunday to weak birds that are unable to follow their leader.

Putin put on a baggy white jumpsuit, helmet and goggles on Wednesday for two flights in a light aircraft with young cranes born in captivity. The aim was to help introduce them to the wild and teach them how to follow a leader.

His flight has provoked mockery by his critics, including talk show host Ksenia Sobchak, who likened his adventure to the presidential election in March at which he won nearly two-thirds – but not all – of the votes.

Asked about the comment at a news conference after a weekend summit, Putin said with an ironic smile: “Yes, its true, not all the cranes followed right away. Only the weak cranes did not follow at the first attempt. At the second attempt all of them followed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Vladimir Putin ‘galley slave’ lifestyle: palaces, planes and a $75,000 toilet

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2012

Critics’ report lists perks of being Russian president, including access to nearly two dozen official homes

  •  in Moscow
    Vladimir Putin surveys the scene from the back of a boat in Karelia, north-west Russia. A new report says the Russian president has overseen a phenomenal expansion in the awarding of presidential perks. Photograph: RIA Novosti/Reuters

    Vladimir Putin surveys the scene from the back of a boat in Karelia, north-west Russia. A new report says the Russian president has overseen a phenomenal expansion in the awarding of presidential perks. Photograph: RIA Novosti/Reuters

To hear Vladimir Putin tell it, he works like a “galley slave”, pouring blood, sweat and tears into toiling for the Russian people with little personal gain in return.

Yet according to a new report by some of his harshest critics, Putin may be the richest “slave” in the world, reaping official perks as the powerful leader of a country with a long history of enriching its omnipotent tsars.

Watches in white gold, yachts decked out in the plushest of drapery and at least one flying toilet worth $75,000 (£47,000) are among the presidential perks detailed by Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned Putin critic, and his co-author Leonid Martynyuk, a member of the opposition Solidarity movement, in a report released on Tuesday.

“Putin has led Russia for more than 12 years,” the authors write. “Losing popularity, Putin is maniacally clinging to power. It’s clear why.” It’s not just the “fear of losing his freedom, capital and property” or the influence of his inner circle, who have grown fantastically rich under his rule, they say. “One of the most serious reasons that forces Putin to hold on to power is the atmosphere of wealth and luxury to which he has become accustomed and which he does not want to give up.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Pussy Riot Trial: Russian Prosecutor Seeks Jail Time For Protesters

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 8, 2012

Reuters

Pussy Riot

By Maria Tsvetkova

MOSCOW, Aug 7 (Reuters) – A state prosecutor on Tuesday demanded a three-year jail term for three women from the punk band Pussy Riot, saying they had abused God when they stormed the altar of a Moscow cathedral and sang a “protest prayer” against the Russian Orthodox Church’s close links to Vladimir Putin.

The case, in which the three are charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, has outraged many Russian Orthodox believers.

But it has also caused an international outcry and focused attention on a crackdown on dissent since Putin returned to the presidency for a six-year term on May 7.

“The actions of the accomplices clearly show religious hatred and enmity,” federal prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov said in closing arguments, watched by the women’s lawyers, friends and family in the tiny courtroom.

“There was real mockery and humiliation directed at the people in the church,” he said.

The defendants looked pale and tired as they sat silently in a glass and metal courtroom cage, two of them scribbling notes. Their lawyer said the demand for a prison sentence was disproportionate and shameful. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Article | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

THE PEOPLE VS. PUTIN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 12, 2012

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow’s tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first massive protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule since his inauguration in May – a rally that came even as police interrogated key opposition leaders.

Since embarking on his third presidential term, Putin has taken a stern stance toward the opposition, including signing a repressive new bill last week introducing heavy penalties for taking part in unauthorized rallies.

Police on Monday searched opposition leaders’ apartments, carting away computers, cellphones and other personal items. They also demanded that opposition leaders come in for questioning Tuesday just an hour before the rally began – widely seen as a crude attempt by the government to scare the protesters. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Igor Kholmanskikh, Man Who Threatened Protesters, Given Top Job

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2012

Igor Kholmanskikh Putin

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Friday gave a senior government post to a tank factory worker who had offered to come to Moscow with fellow laborers to disperse opposition protests.

Putin said he would make Igor Kholmanskikh the presidential envoy to the Ural Mountains region, saying the job will help him protect the interests of workers.

Kholmanskikh, a section head at the Uralvagonzavod factory that builds battle tanks in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil, became widely known when he denounced anti-Putin protesters during a live TV program in December in which Putin took call-in questions. He said he and colleagues would help clear the streets of demonstrators if police couldn’t.

Putin won a third presidential term in March’s vote despite a series of unprecedented protests against his rule that drew more than 100,000 people to the streets of Moscow. During his campaign, Putin cast the mostly middle-class protesters as rich, coddled urbanites manipulated by the U.S. He focused mostly on his core support base of blue-collar workers, farmers and state employees. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

G-8 or G-Zero? Why the West No Longer Sets the Global Agenda

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2012

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES
G8 foreign ministers (L-R), Koichiro Gemba of Japan, Guido Westerwelle of Germany, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alain Juppe of France, John Baird of Canada, Giulio Terzi Di Sant’Agata of Italy, and Catherine Ashton of the European Union, pose for a group photo on April 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton hosted this year’s G8 Foreign Ministers conference at the Blair House

The spectacle of some of the most powerful leaders in the world gathering at Camp David on Friday for the G-8 summit and then for this weekend’s NATO anniversary in Chicago won’t disguise the fact that things seem to be gradually falling apart. These once mighty symbols of international leadership appear almost paralyzed before the tides of economic, financial and political change. The opening of William Butler Yeats’ 1921 poem that found the best devoid of conviction and the worst filled with passionate intensity reads as if crafted as an elegant introduction to an analysis of the global political moment.

(MORE: The G8 Summit at Camp David: This Time, It’s Important)

The G-8 convenes as the euro zone is threatening to unravel, most immediately in the showdown over Germany’s insistence that Greece either swallow the toxic austerity medicine that could kill its economy or see itself banished from the euro zone, potentially triggering global financial losses on the order of $1 trillion. But the forum is unlikely to settle the fate of Greece, much less the underlying tension over policies of austerity to cut spending debt and stimulus policies to revive growth.

When the G-7 was founded in the 1980s its goal was to gather the leaders of the world’s most successful, dynamic economies to plot pathways to further prosperity. Russia was later added to its guest list as a reward for casting off communism rather than as a vote of confidence in its economy. But today, confidence in the group is low. Few seem to believe that the leaders of the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada are equipped to tackle the problems facing the world economy. (They effectively admitted their limitations in 2008 when a far wider forum, the Group of 20 — which included the major emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, Turkey and others — to tackle the global financial meltdown.) Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Article | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Russia Opposition Protests: Anti-Putin Demonstrators March In Moscow

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 14, 2012

By ANDREY BULAY AP

Russia Protests 2012

MOSCOW — Prominent Russian novelists and poets led a street protest by more than 10,000 people in Moscow on Sunday without obtaining the required permit, and police did not intervene.

The demonstrators skirted the law by remaining silent and carrying no posters, even though the demonstration had clearly been organized as an anti-President Vladimir Putin rally.

The gathering was the latest of several impromptu protests that have taken place in Moscow since Putin’s inauguration Monday, held by people unhappy that he is the country’s formal leader once again.

Lyudmila Ulitskaya, a best-selling author whose books have been translated internationally, lauded Moscow authorities for their restraint on Sunday.

“Today’s a significant day for the city,” she said. “The Moscow government is being reasonable for the first time. It has realized that the protest movement is not about people who break shop windows and throw Molotov’s cocktails.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Russia Vostochny Cosmodrome: Moscow To Spend $1 Billion On New Space Launch Pad

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 13, 2012

MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday his nation will spend about $1 billion this year alone to build a new space launch pad in the far east that should ease the Russian space program’s reliance on ex-Soviet neighbor Kazakhstan.

Putin told government officials in televised remarks Thursday that the first rocket launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome is set to be conducted by 2015, and in 2018 it should launch a first manned mission.

Officials have put the total cost of the project at about $10 billion.

Putin said Russia will continue to use the Soviet-built Baikonur launch pad it leases from Kazakhstan, but added that a new launch facility of its own is needed to secure the national space program’s independence. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Russia mayoral vote results point to challenges for Putin

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 3, 2012

An independent candidate’s victory in Yaroslavl suggests Vladimir Putin may have increasing difficulty controlling elections outside Moscow, an expert says.

Yevgeny Urlashov, an independent mayoral candidate, won by a landslide in Yaroslavl, Russia.Yevgeny Urlashov, an independent mayoral candidate supported by the Russian opposition, won about 70% of the vote in the city of Yaroslavl after a tough campaign that included being denied time on local television. (Sergei L. Loiko /, Los Angeles Times / April 3, 2012)
By Sergei L. Loiko

MOSCOW — In a sign that Russia’s ruling party will face greater challenges when Vladimir Putin begins his third term as president, an independent candidate supported by the opposition won a landslide victory in a weekend mayoral election.

The preliminary results announced Monday in the runoff election gave Yevgeny Urlashov, a charismatic 44-year-old lawyer, about 70% of the vote in the city of Yaroslavl, about 150 miles northeast of Moscow. He defeated a local tycoon from Putin’s United Russia party.

“My victory proves beyond any doubt that people are tired of rule by the corrupt bureaucracy and that they want changes,” Urlashov said in a phone interview Monday. “They are fed up with the imitation of democracy imposed from above.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Global | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: