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President Vladimir Putin has arrived for his first-ever presidential visit to Chukotka in Russia's Far East, Russian state media reported on Wednesday.
Putin has arrived in Anadyr, the local capital of the Chukotka region.
Chukotka is the easternmost region of Russia, with a maritime border on the Bering Strait with the U.S. state of Alaska.
Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov has predicted a future in which the U.S. and Europe will look very different from today.
Vladimir Putin has often spoken about a new world order pivoting away from the West. His ally and champion, Solovyov, has taken up this theme and given his own vision of the world in a clip shared by journalist and Russia watcher Julia Davis, which has since gone viral.
Solovyov has repeatedly described Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine as a proxy war between Moscow and the West. On his programs, he and guests have described the conflict as a fight against "satanism."
He revisited this idea during an interview as he described how Russian troops were part of an "army of God against the army of Satan."
He spoke in front of a screen whose images ranged from chess players hunched over a board, a world map and former Soviet revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin and Putin, which one social media user noted appeared on screen when Solovyov referred to the "father of all lies."
State TV host Marina Kim asked Solovyov, whose villa in Lake Como, Italy, was among his properties seized due to sanctions, "is it true that everyone is a satanist" in the West?"
Solovyov answered that people in the West "hate their governments" and that the U.S. "is always close to a civil war," a fate he predicts will befall Europe as well.
"Caliphates will inevitably appear in Europe," he said, and globalists will "simply depart from Europe, which he predicts will, "turn into the fringes of Eurasia."
"I think America won't hold together as a unified nation. It will be split up just like Europe," he said. "The borders of states will start to disintegrate, parts of them will go to Mexico and even to Canada."
Among the "gigantic changes" in store for the world will be Russia's future role as "the mecca where people of traditional values will travel."
"We will become a gathering point," he said, because of Russia's "unique" status as a multi-confessional country for Muslims, Christians, Jews and Buddhists.
He also believed that Canada will eventually split into French and English-speaking parts and what used to be the Russian empire will join "some sort of joint governmental representation."
As of Tuesday, the clip had received more than 169,000 views, with Davis posting, "Vladimir Solovyov predicted the future. It will be wonderful for Russia and terrible for just about everyone else."
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s national elections commission on Tuesday registered the Communist Party’s candidate to compete with President Vladimir Putin in the March election that Putin is all but certain to win.
Nikolai Kharitonov joins two other candidates who were approved for the ballot last week. Kharitonov, a member of the lower house of parliament, has opposed some of Putin’s domestic policies but not Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
Although the Communist candidate typically gets the second-highest vote tally, Kharitonov does not present a significant challenge to Putin. As the party’s candidate in the 2004 election, he tallied just 13.8 percent.
Putin has dominated Russian politics since he was first elected to the presidency in 2000.
The commission last week approved Leonid Slutsky of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and Vladislav Davankov of the New People Party for the March 15-17 vote.
Both of their parties are largely supportive in parliament of legislation backed by Putin’s power-base United Russia party.
A Russian politician calling for peace in Ukraine was rejected last month from the presidential ballot.
The elections commission refused to accept Yekaterina Duntsova’s initial nomination by a group of supporters, citing errors in the paperwork, including spelling. The Supreme Court then rejected Duntsova’s appeal against the commission’s decision.
Putin is running as an independent, and his campaign headquarters, together with branches of the ruling United Russia party and a political coalition called the People’s Front, have collected signatures in support of his candidacy. Under Russian law, independent candidates must be nominated by at least 500 supporters, and must also gather at least 300,000 signatures from 40 regions or more.
Vladimir Putin has ordered for the Klimovsk Specialized Ammunition Plant in the town of Podolsk, where a mechanical failure in a boiler room caused approximately 22,000 people to lose heat and water amid freezing temperatures last week, to be nationalized, Moscow Governor Andrey Vorobyov announced Tuesday.
According to the governor, the “nationalization mechanism” has already been initiated. He added that the ammunition plant’s boiler room was managed “very poorly” and that there were “practically no qualified, competent personnel” working there when the incident took place.
The Klimovsk Specialized Ammunition Plant’s general director and the head of its boiler room, as well as the deputy head of the Podolsk city administration, have reportedly been arrested in connection with the power failure.