Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rolled to victory in Russia’s presidential election today, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by claims of violations, including “carousel voting” in which voters were bused around to cast several ballots.
Russia’s military has successfully tested what it described as the world’s most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, Russia’s state television reported, the latest show of the nation’s military muscle amid chilly relations with the United States.
Poisoned former spy Alexander Litvinenko’s deathbed message accused Russian President Vladimir Putin, but pro-Kremlin MPs and state-controlled television networks today pointed the finger of blame at a prominent Putin enemy in Britain - tycoon Boris Berezovsky.
The prime minister of Russia’s conflict-torn province of Chechnya was in a serious but stable condition today after a car crash outside Moscow that officials insisted was a traffic accident despite initial concerns about a possible assassination attempt.
Flowers dotted the streets and freshly-dug graves scarred the earth across the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan as residents mourned what witnesses said were hundreds killed by security forces last week – the worst unrest since the former Soviet republic won independence in 1991.
Gunfire persisted today in the eastern city where Uzbek security forces fired on protesters last week – a clash that reportedly left several hundred dead - and new reports emerged that violence in nearby towns killed hundreds more, further threatening the stability of the government.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s attempt to indict Iraq over weapons of mass destruction and links to the terrorist group al-Qaida will comfort the converted, but may not persuade doubters that Washington has a cast-iron case for war.