Moscow airport empty as Russia shuts borders to all foreign citizens | AFP

Russia closes its borders to foreigners amid the coronavirus outbreak. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the coronavirus situation was “under control” in Russia and outbreaks of infection had been contained. Russia reported 114 cases of coronavirus, up from 93 on Monday, with no fatalities. IMAGES of Sheremetyevo – A.S. Pushkin international airport(Terminal F)

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Russians ponder having Putin remain in power | AFP

Russians react as the prospect sunk in of Russian President Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036. Lawmakers in the lower house State Duma voted Wednesday to give final approval to a package of constitutional amendments introduced by Putin — including a last-minute addition to “reset” his presidential terms. from MoscovitesN°1PS4HN

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Dozens of people picket to protest constitutional reforms | AFP

Dozens of people gather in the centre of Moscow in order to exercise their right for solitary picket and voice their annoyance with constitutional reforms that would allow 67-year-old Vladimir Putin – who was first elected in 2000 – to run again after his current six-year term expires, and potentially stay in power until 2036.

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Russian MPs back constitutional amendments in key reading | AFP

Images show Russian lawmakers voting in the Lower House of the Russian Parliament before the approval of Vladimir Putin’s package of constitutional amendments during a key second reading. The amendments include the possibility that Vladimir Putin could run again for Russian president. A total of 382 MPs voted for the package of changes to the constitution, with 44 abstaining. IMAGES

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Russia deputies to vote on Putin’s constitutional reform | AFP

Russian lawmakers vote on a package of constitutional reforms as President Vladimir Putin looks to put his stamp on the country for decades to come. The reforms — expected to sail through the lower house State Duma in the key second reading — will overhaul Russia’s political system and enshrine conservative values in the country’s basic law. IMAGES

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Syrians in Idlib province react to Turkey-Russia truce deal | AFP

Syrians living in Idlib province react as a Russia-Turkey ceasefire deal comes into effect a day after it was reached during hours of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow.

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Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan start talks in Moscow on Syria | AFP

The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow after a surge in fighting in Syria raised fears of their armies clashing and launched a new migrant crisis. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is looking for Putin to agree to a rapid ceasefire in Idlib, the northwestern province of Syria where Ankara is battling Moscow-backed regime forces. IMAGES

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Thousands march in Moscow for ‘Russia without Putin’ | AFP

Thousands rally in central Moscow to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution. The rally marks five years since the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov but its organisers also want the event to send a message to Putin after he proposed major constitutional changes. Organisers, including the country’s most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, called for a mass turnout to show Putin that he must not consider staying in power by any means when his current mandate ends in 2024.

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Opposition urges ‘Russia without Putin’ in rally for slain liberal | AFP

Thousands rally in central Moscow to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution. IMAGES

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On magnets and mugs, Putin’s face still sells | AFP

Twenty years after he came to power, President Vladimir Putin is omnipresent, not only across Russia’s airways, but on the magnets, mugs and matryoshka dolls on sale to visitors throughout his hometown of Saint Petersburg.

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Netanyahu meets US-Israeli woman jailed for drug trafficking after Putin gives pardon | AFP

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu meet Naama Issachar, a US-Israeli woman who was jailed for drug trafficking in April 2019 after she was arrested at a Moscow airport en route from India to Israel. Issachar’s case caused an outcry in Israel and she was set to fly back with Netanyahu after she was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. IMAGES

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Putin meets with Netanyahu in Moscow | AFP

Vladimir Putin receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin. IMAGES of the meeting

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Dems: Congress must oust Trump to stop abuses

In the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Schiff argues that it was “one hell of a Russian intelligence coup” that the president chased kooky theories about Ukraine pushed by Rudy Giuliani that benefited Vladimir Putin at U.S. expense. (Jan. 24)

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Schiff: Trump made a ‘religious man’ out of Putin

Rep. Adam Schiff jokingly referenced a comment made by Vladimir Putin in November. He said President Donald Trump shifted the blame of 2016 election interference to Ukraine, prompting Putin to “thank God” that Russia was no longer the focus. (Jan. 23)

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World leaders attend Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to the fifth World Holocaust Forum and takes his seat amongst world leaders gathering to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the World War II death camp where the Nazis killed more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews. IMAGES

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