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12/20/2013

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MT Live Blog: Putin Holds Annual News Conference

The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin is conducting his ninth major press conference today at Moscow's World Trade Center, an annual event during which he is expected to be bombarded with questions on Russia's policies and the government's plans for the future.

Putin Radiates Confidence at News Conference

President Vladimir Putin showed off his deft communication skills at his annual news conference on Thursday, demonstrating that he is comfortable answering almost any question imaginable, from those about economic woes and his political nemeses to those about troubled factories and religious values.

4 Bolotnoye Suspects Released on Amnesty, Pussy Riot Waits

A Moscow court released on amnesty four defendants in the so-called Bolotnoye case, while people targeted in other high-profile criminal cases, including the Greenpeace "Arctic 30" and two members of punk band Pussy Riot.

EU Leaders Face Moment of Reflection Over Ukraine Debacle

Reuters
European leaders face a session of soul-searching and strategy planning over Ukraine at their year-end summit on Friday when they will discuss why Kiev rejected an EU free-trade deal and took a bailout from Russia instead.

Putin to End Khodorkovsky's 'Infinite' Imprisonment

President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement on Thursday that he was going to end jailed Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky's time in prison with a pardon proves wrong the view the former tycoon expressed to The Moscow Times in 2005, that he would be behind bars for eternity.

Putin Says He Has Never Met Snowden

During his annual press conference on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said he had never met former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden but expressed curiosity about his life, calling the U.S. leaker an "interesting person."

Olympic Village Apartments Going on Sale

The Sochi Olympic Village, set to house athletes during the Games from January through March, will then morph into a premium-class residential resort, with sales of apartments to start by the end of this year.

Post-Olympics Sochi Gambling Zone Under Discussion

The Moscow Times
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and top executives have discussed establishing a gambling zone in Sochi to help recover investors' soaring expenditures on construction for the 2014 Winter Games, news reports said Thursday.

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