With the Rouble on its knees, things are going from bad to worse at the Russian president’s annual press conference … Correction: Kirov journo who asked #Putin about #Kvas NOT drunk – survived multiple strokes — RT (@RT_com) December 18, 2014 The journalist from Kirov Oblast had asked why French-owned supermarket chain Auchan refused to stock kvas, […]

Boris Johnson is asked a question about the Tories’ vetting of Russian donors on LBC — and immediately opens up another can of worms: “We’ve done, obviously we are relying heavily on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office because they are leading on this and I’ve had absolutely categorical assurances “I think I’ve met this gentleman’s […]

After Scrapbook highlighted the case of a £160,000 Tory donation from the wife of a man linked to Vladimir Putin, CCHQ have indicated they have no intention of handing back the cash — despite calling for sanctions on Putin’s circle in the wake of the MH17 disaster: “All donations to the Conservative Party are fully and transparently […]

A controversial Russian election campaign advert compares voting for Vladimir Putin to losing your virginity. While the clip perhaps showcases a gentler side to Russian politics than often violent campaign intimidation, this disturbing video is a masterclass in creepiness. With a young girl informing a fortune teller that it will be her “first time”, a tarot card with […]

It seems proto-dictatorship has never been so sexy. An election advert for the United Russia party led by Vladimir Putin shows a young couple “sharing” a voting booth in what may not be an altogether wholesome fashion. The video echoes a similar campaign spot from young Socialists in Catalonia, which depicted a woman reaching climax as she cast her vote […]

While his predecessor Vladimir Putin likes to serenade his guests with the song Blueberry Hill, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev prefers to entertain onlookers with his awkward dance moves — keep watching for his finger pop at the end. But the choice of song has raised eyebrows in some quarters: “The song American Boy was one […]

Russian President Prime Minister Vladimir Putin let his mind drift during the two-hour briefing on tractor production in Chelyabinsk. But do these absent-minded doodles contain any hidden indicators for Russian foreign policy? Siberian Light reports: Tight loops signify that the doodler is nervous or tense, and the square box could mean that Putin is disciplined, structured […]