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Putin’s popularity at record high, government-funded poll says

While his nation waded deeper into the Syrian civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, October 7, playing hockey with NHL stars and various Russian officials and tycoons in Sochi. For years, Russia's leader has cultivated a populist image in the Russian media

(CNN)Russia’s military operation in Syria has pushed President Vladimir Putin’s popularity to a “historic maximum” of 89.9%, according to a new government-funded poll. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center said Putin’s high popularity trumped his previous record of 89.1% in June. “Such a high rating of approval of the Russian …

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Syria conflict: Assad in surprise visit to Moscow

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has visited Moscow on his first overseas trip since the civil war broke out in his country in 2011. During the surprise visit, he had talks with President Vladimir Putin. Russia launched air strikes in Syria last month against the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other …

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Assad Moscow visit: Syria leader in surprise visit

It is not clear if Mr Assad is still in Moscow or has returned to Damascus /Russia 24

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on an unannounced visit to Moscow. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Mr Assad “came on a working visit to Moscow” on Tuesday evening and held talks with Mr Putin. Russia began air strikes in Syria at the …

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Saudi Arabia’s Oil War With Russia

Oil rich. Photographer: Ivan Sekretarev/AFP/Getty Images

As President Vladimir Putin tries to restore Russia as a major player in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is starting to attack on Russia’s traditional stomping ground by supplying lower-priced crude oil to Poland. At a recent investment forum, Igor Sechin, chief executive of Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil company, complained …

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Rachel’s Diary: From Russia with…

Fernando Alonso talks with Rachel Brookes

Sky Sports’ Rachel Brookes recounts her first trip to Russia – a story of hungry waits, anxious moments, and an ending with force… I have never been to Russia before as I was back in the office for last year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix. I had heard various stories of …

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Russian missiles ‘hit IS in Syria from Caspian Sea’

Russia's military said its warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 missiles /Russian Defence Ministry/YouTube

Russia says it has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria from warships in the Caspian Sea – about 1,500km (930 miles) away. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said four warships fired 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets, destroying them and causing no civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Syrian …

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