Putin's third term in the office: What has the president accomplished?


Four years ago, Vladimir Putin received the support from 63.6 percent of electors (more than 45.6 million people) and took office as President of Russia.

Presently, a presidential term in Russia counts six years. According to Leonid Polyakov, a member of the Institute of the Socio-Economic and Political Research, increasing the presidential term in Russia from four to six year was quite appropriate, as it enabled president to implement a long-term program of the country's development and respond to external challenges. In addition, holding the presidential and parliamentary elections in Russia separately relieved the country from costly political predicaments, the expert believes, according to the Pravda.

According to Polyakov, the reform of the country's political system has resulted in the appearance of more than 70 parties (officially registered ones) that represent all groups and layers of the Russian nation.

US-led war on Syria must be stopped!

The war on Syria is a covert CIA-managed war the USA and its allies have initiated to overthrow the Syrian government. The Syrian adventure was to be a relatively brief regime change exercise, camouflaged by the social unrest of the Arab Spring and a step in re-ordering the Middle East in the interest of the US and its allies.

This accorded with the US global strategic objective of remaining the world’s ‘first, last and only’ truly global empire, despite a declining economic base relative to rest of the world.

Robert Fisk: Saudi Arabia's executions were worthy of Isis

The executions were certainly an unprecedented Saudi way of welcoming in the New Year – if not quite as publicly spectacular as the firework display in Dubai which went ahead alongside the burning of one of the emirate’s finest hotels.

Saudi Arabia’s binge of head-choppings – 47 in all, including the learned Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, followed by a Koranic justification for the executions – was worthy of Isis. Perhaps that was the point. For this extraordinary bloodbath in the land of the Sunni Muslim al-Saud monarchy – clearly intended to infuriate the Iranians and the entire Shia world – re-sectarianised a religious conflict which Isis has itself done so much to promote.

Crisis of Confidence between Berlin and Ankara Indicates Fragility of US-Led Anti-ISIL Coalition

BERLIN, (ST)- The German “Der Spiegel” newspaper has reported that Berlin would supply Turkey with only limited intelligence information about the positions of ISIL terrorists in Syria, because the German administration has doubts about Erdogan’s government’s real stance towards this terrorist organization.

This lack of confidence indicates how fragile the alleged US-led coalition against ISIL is and uncovers that all the participants in this coalition want to achieve their interests under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

What Prevents France From Fully Embracing Russia's Anti-ISIL Plan?

Although both Russia and France agreed to join forces in the fight against ISIL, the unwillingness of the French government to work with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains a major stumbling block, according to Sputnik.

After their meeting in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande agreed to form a broad international coalition to fight Islamic extremism in the Middle East. The two countries would from now on share intelligence data on terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Paris terror attacks prove US-led strategy against ISIS has gone awry

The US and its allies now have either to wait the sound of the next explosion to be carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] in the center of their abodes or to adopt serious steps to counter terrorism.

In just a month ISIS terrorists carried out attacks in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and France besides the daily terror attacks carried out by the same terrorist organization [ISIS, or IS, or ISIL] in Syria and Iraq.

The Washington post newspaper reported yesterday that a video released by an IS sub-group appears to show militants in Iraq praising the Paris shooting and warning that a similar attack could take place in Washington.

Russia's Achievements in Syria 'Anger' Washington

United States leadership has been annoyed and angered by Russia's achievements in its counterterrorism efforts in Syria, since Washington is backing several terrorist groups which are fighting to overthrow the Syrian, Contra Magazine asserted.

The US government and intelligence services "trained, armed and provided military support" to “al-Nusra Front, the so-called “Free Syrian Army” and other terrorist groups to destabilize and overthrow the government in Syria," the Austrian media outlet added.