Vladimir Putin says Russia ready to help with Belarus security
The Russian president says his Belarusian counterpart has asked for security assistance, should the situation spiral out of control. However, Vladimir Putin said he would not do so unless absolutely necessary.
Russia registers world's first coronavirus vaccine, Putin announces
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow's Gamaleya Institute has registered the world's first COVID-19 vaccine for use. He said his daughter is among those already inoculated.
Putin says Russia is 'first' to develop coronavirus vaccine
President Vladimir Putin says that Russia has become the first country to approve a vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, adding that one of his daughters had taken "part in the experiment."
Russia's Putin wins referendum on constitutional reforms
The constitutional reform bill allows Russia's President Vladimir Putin to run for president again and bans same-sex marriage, among other changes. Opposition figures said the vote was marred by irregularities.
Russian state seeks a 'yes' vote on constitutional reform
Wednesday, 1 July is the last day of voting in Russia on a sweeping constitutional reform that would allow Vladimir Putin to run for two more terms as president. That means he could rule until 2036. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a simplified voting procedure has been put in place with voting spread out over a week and some polling places setting up outdoors. The opposition says these procedures facilitate fraud. Polls suggest 44% of Russians support the constitutional reform.
Russia aims to boost military facilities in Syria
President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with the Syrian government over expanding Russian military facilities in the country. Moscow currently operates an air base and naval port in Syria.
Russia's 'corona-holidays' leave small businesses in freefall
Instead of quarantine to stop the coronavirus, Vladimir Putin has announced that Russians should stay home on paid leave. But so far it's small businesses who are paying the price — creating a sense of injustice.
Putin calls sports ban a political decision
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to bar Russia from major sporting events was political and must be individual.
Putin meets UEFA president as Russia risks a possible four-year doping ban
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the UEFA president that his country would do its best to organise the Euro 2020 football tournament as Moscow risks a possible four-year doping ban.