Boris Yeltsin

Vladimir Putin Wins Russian Elections with 76.65% of the Votes

Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success."

There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot.

A typical Balkan story

Boris Yeltsin's Russia was one of the first countries to recognize the southernmost state to split from Yugoslavia as "Republic of Macedonia." The Kremlin's stance back then was dictated by the misguided impression that it could revive the pan-Slavist policy of the tzars.

Hot Ksenia Sobchak: “Russia’s Paris Hilton” to challenge Putin for presidency! (SEXY PHOTOS)

“The decision is made,” reads the text Ksenia Sobchak is due to deliver on Russian TV. “Enough silence, I’ve thought about it for months… I intend to be the candidate for those who want to vote against everyone.”

Russia awards Turkish businessman for role in normalizing ties

Russia has awarded a Turkish businessman for his efforts in the normalization of ties between Ankara and Moscow after a major row between the two sides last year.   

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted the Order of Friendship award to Turkish businessman Cavit Çağlar on May 26 with a decree he signed. 

The award was given to a Turkish citizen for the first time.

Vecernji: Russia supplied weapons including S-300 to Croatia during Yugoslav wars

Russian Ambassador to Croatia, Anvar Azimov, summoned to a meeting Zvonko Zubak, Croatian businessman who deals in trafficking of arms, in order to ask him where are missing missiles from rocket system S-300, which Russia delivered to Croatia in the first half of the nineties, claims Croatian daily "Vecernji list", without citing sources.