Vladímir Putin

Putin's "Wag The Dog" Communications Strategy

Joseph Soares | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

What if all this show of Putin's disappearance was anything but botched? What if this mess was exactly what he wanted it to be, a useful distraction from a series of other issues he would rather we not pay as much attention to, like the mysterious murder of his primary opposition critic just outside the Kremlin walls? In other words, careful what you wish for people. In the final analysis, we may still be witnessing the end of Vladimir Putin. Alternatively, it may simply be Putin's wag the dog communications strategy.


CP | Yuras Karmanau And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Politics

MINSK, Belarus - Guns will fall silent, heavy weapons will pull back from the front, and Ukraine will trade a broad autonomy for the east for control ...

Transgender People Banned From Driving In Russia

CP | Lynn Berry, The Associated Press | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living

MOSCOW -- New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual "disorders'' from driving, ostensibly for medical...

And The Biggest Economic Surprise of the Year Goes To...

Peter Hall | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Six years beyond the onset of global crisis and the lamentation seems louder: pundits are increasingly perplexed by the planet's prolonged period of perpetual perturbations. So, does anything stand out in 2014 as an "out of the blue" development?

Political Traction: Harper Gets an A+ in International Conflicts

Jaime Watt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Jaime Watt

While it might sound bizarre to say so, the crises, both in Iraq and Ukraine, are playing to the strengths of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Within all of the uncertainty, Canadians have been largely satisfied with Prime Minister Harper's response.

Why The U.S. Avoids Calling Russia's Actions In Ukraine An 'Invasion'

CBC | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics

U.S. President Barack Obama chose his words carefully when asked whether Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine should be considered an invasion, an i...

Billionaires Into The Breach?

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Business

Some of the world's wealthiest people are seeking an audience with Russian president Vladimir Putin, hoping perhaps that business can succeed where po...

Putin Won't Be Bringing Home The (Canadian) Bacon

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada is standing firm against Russia in the face of retaliatory sanctions on Canadian food products, saying it will not be "intimidated" by...

Harper is all Talk and No Action Against Putin

Colin Kenny | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

The Department of National Defence is currently being hounded by Treasury Board, which had designed a system that makes it impossible for DND to manage its budget. As a result, the military keeps falling behind in equipment purchases and capacity keeps declining. The government could put an end to this stalemate if it wished to, but instead seems delighted that it is pocketing the unspent money to meet its deficit-fighting promises. Canadians already have a small military and it just keeps shrinking.

Russia Promises To Support Locals Hit By Western Sanctions

CP | Laura Mills And Julie Pace, The Associated Press | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Business

MOSCOW - Russia was counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors on Wednesday, with the central bank ...

Europe Slaps Tough New Sanctions On Russia

CP | Julie Pace And John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Business

BRUSSELS - Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plan...

Harper Wrote An Editorial?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the western world can't soften its tough stand toward Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, even at the expe...

Joe Biden Once Looked At Putin And Said 'I Don't Think You Have A Soul'

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

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EU Weighs Deeper Sanctions Against Russia

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

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Harper Has More Harsh Words For Putin

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin is an "extreme nationalist" and an "imperialist" who is threatening globa...

Putin Does Not Like Being Compared To Hitler

CP | Andrew Woodcock, Press Association, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Politics

ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the Prince of Wales's reported comparison of him with Adolf Hitler as "unaccept...

Harper Government Ignores Advice About Ukraine Mission

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - For the third time in four years, the Harper government has sent a large, Canada-only mission to observe an election in Ukraine, despite a re...

China, Russia Ink $400-Billion Deal

CP | Louise Watt And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Business

SHANGHAI - China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated Presi...

Tories Asked Why They Won't Sanction 'Putin's Buddies'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) said Friday it did not lobby the Harper government to keep a Russian executive off Canada's list o...


CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ottawa says it is imposing economic sanctions on 16 more Russian "entities" over that country's actions in Ukraine.Prime Minister Stephen Har...

Canada Slaps More Sanctions On Russia

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is following the United States in once again stepping up the pressure on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.Two Russian companies and n...


AP | Lynn Berry | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada

MOSCOW -- To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his readi...

Canada Sending Fighter Jets In Response To Ukraine Crisis

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada announced Thursday it will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission in response to the crisis in Ukraine, just...

3 Dead In Attack On Ukraine Base

CP | Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada

KYIV, Ukraine - Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a national guard base in the Black Se...


AP | Yuras Karmanau | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada

IZYUM, Ukraine -- Pro-Russian insurgents dug in Tuesday across eastern Ukraine, fortifying positions around seized buildings and erecting new barricad...