The irony of a fragrance modeled after a man named Putin is lost on no one. But, master perfumer Vladislav Rikunov insists that six months of careful research and observation has brought forth the pleasing scent of Russian leadership. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, it can only be found in a swanky Moscow shopping district. The fragrance was designed in Belarus, made in France and approved by the the Russian president, himself. So, if you're ever in Red Square in Moscow, immerse yourself in the "warm, woody scent" that is "Leader Number One" eau de toilette. Discuss

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill today that bans Americans from adopting Russian children. The bill also forbids NGOs receiving American funds to be closed if the organizations are in any way political. It's widely understood this bill was passed in response to President Obama's recent sanction against Russians believed to be human rights violators. Putin also claims the U.S. funded and supported anti-government protests that arose in Russia last winter. There are currently 740,000 orphans in Russia, with 18,000 Russian adults on a waiting list to adopt. Previously, the U.S. had been the highest adoptive destination for Russian children ... Discuss

A law that began with the noblest of intentions—to make the Internet a safe place for kids—has the potential to curb free speech in Russia. In July, Vladimir Putin signed the amended Act for Information, which took effect in October, giving the Russian government free rein to blacklist and shut down websites it deems harmful, without any due process.

What are the limits of this law? How is “harmful to children” defined? Critics are raising these questions, seeing the law as a move by Putin to exercise greater control over the population. Read More

According to a German newspaper granted an exclusive interview with the controversial leader, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will leave politics when his second term comes to an end. Claiming that "eight years are enough," Ahmadinejad reportedly does not envision a Vladimir Putin–stylereturn to office after sitting out for a term ...


People protesting Vladimir Putin's dubious election as president have begun occupying Moscow Plaza in an effort to raise the visibility of their cause. Last night was the first night no protesters were arrested, as government forces have been cracking down on any opposition movements ...


Vladimir Putin has again become president of Russia. His election has been nearly a sure thing from the beginning, as foreign observers say there have been efforts at voter fraud and corruption since the very beginning. Putin won roughly 55 percent of the vote, but there were multiple reports of people voting many times and some district's votes being undercounted ...