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Obama Puts Putin on Hold

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the former cold-war superpower’s decision to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Russian Dissident Jailed

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for five years on what people describe as trumped-up charges of embezzlement. Jonathan Rugman reports for Channel 4.

The sentencing touched off a massive, unauthorized protest on behalf of Navalny in Moscow. Riot police were dispatched to central Moscow as the protest continued, and dozens have been detained near Manezhnaya Square.

 

Putin Pockets Super Bowl Ring

Vladimir Putin is back on the market fresh off his divorce, but now it looks like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has a beef with him too, claiming the Russian president pocketed a Super Bowl ring.

Christmas in April

Monday was Tax Day. “Or as Democrats call it — Christmas in April,” says Jodi Miller. In this edition of NewsBusted, she also touches on Margaret Thatcher’s death, the Boston Marathon bombings and Vladimir Putin’s confrontation with topless Femen protesters in Germany.

Was Putin Behind Critic’s Death

British police believe foul play cannot be completely ruled out in the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found with a piece of material around his neck. Berezovsky, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in a luxury mansion in Ascot, an affluent town west of London.

Putin Foe Found Dead

In the United Kingdom, police have cordoned off the house of the late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky who was found dead over the weekend. Police are treating Berezovsky’s death as unexplained after searching his house for chemical, biological and nuclear material. Suspicions have been aroused because of his longtime vocal opposition to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

French Exodus to Russia

French actor Gerard Depardieu is weighing an invitation to become a Russian citizen and accept a passport from Vladimir Putin. But he’s not the only movie star from France considering a move to Russia. Now, Brigitte Bardot says she might go there as well. Depardieu’s motivation: The outrageously high taxes being imposed by France’s new Socialist government. Bardot’s beef is different: She’s upset over an animal rights incident.

Putin Laughs Off Doomsday

As frenzied doomsayers around the world prepare for the apocalypse sometime today, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the Mayan prediction as a hoax, saying at a yearly Q&A that the earth won’t end for another 4.5 billion years, when the sun goes out.

Commander in Sleaze

Is President Obama campaigning for re-election as Commander in Chief or Commander in Sleaze? Witness this new Obama spot aimed at “progressive” chicks whose thinking begins and ends with their lady parts.

And where did Obama’s posse get this bright idea? From Alpha male Vladimir Putin, who ran similar cherry-popping ads in his re-election bid earlier this year.

As they say, birds of a feather flock together, whether they be dodos or vultures. Maybe after Obama is fricasseed on Nov. 6, he can invite Vlad over to the new Obama pad in Hawaii, and they can party hearty, awaiting all those virgins in the stratosphere promised by Mohammed. H/T The Right Scoop

UPDATE: It turns out both Putin and Obama ripped off this high-concept from Women’s Voices. Women Vote, a group that cast itself as non-partisan, but whose board members were all Democratic operatives and whose funding came from the leftist Tides Foundation, underwritten by Teresa Heinz Kerry. Here is a telling WVWV spot from 2006.

Pussy Riot Member Freed

Ekaterina Samutsevich, one of the three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, has been freed following an appeal filed by her new attorneys. A Moscow judge today overturned her original two-year jail sentence and released Samutsevich on probation, citing circumstances surrounding her original arrest. Meanwhile, the judge upheld the two-year jail sentences for the two other band members. The Pussy Riot protesters were arrested in February after performing a blistering anti-Putin “punk prayer” from the altar of Moscow’s largest Russian Orthodox cathedral.

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