Russian president Vladimir Putin dominates this week's headlines

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Putin Demonstrates Power In Russia

Over the past week Russian president Vladimir Putin has been dominating the headlines with stories, comments, and declarations that demonstrate the extent of his power in Russia and his disregard for the rest of the world.

SUNDAY

On Sunday, it was announced Putin signed a law notifying all non-governmental organizations that they can be prosecuted on the grounds of being "undesirable," meaning journalists or political opponents who criticize the government can be jailed if the Kremlin wishes.

In related news, Fox News reports Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., a known Putin opponent, is near death from an apparent poisoning. This comes just a few months after a close political ally, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered.

MONDAY

Then on Monday, Putin announced surprise military drills in the northwest, near borders with former soviet states. According to Russian state media, Moscow deployed 12,000 troops and 250 combat planes and helicopters.

NATO is not happy about these drills, especially because past drills were used to mass troops on the border with Ukraine, resulting in the annexation of the Crimea.

THURSDAY

On Thursday, Putin told the United States to back off from FIFA following the arrest of higher ups in soccer's international governing body. Swiss authorities arrested fourteen people from FIFA on corruption charges brought by the FBI.

"The USA definitely [has] nothing to do with this," Putin said Thursday. "This is yet another obvious attempt to spread their jurisdiction to other [countries]."

FIFA awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia, and if it can be proved that corruption played a role, it's possible Russia may lose the world cup to another country.

Also on Thursday, according to the BBC, Putin declared he will keep the number of Russian deaths during peacetime a secret.

Amnesty International's director said, "Not only is this decree a blatant attack on freedom of expression, it also has sinister undertones that will intensify speculation President Putin has something to hide."

Multiple reports show that Russian troops have long been involved in the fighting in Ukraine, but Putin denies it. This decision, as well as the others he's made this week, may have ramifications far beyond the borders of Russia.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin dominates this week's headlines
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday May 12, 2015. (Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via AP)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday May 12, 2015. (Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via AP)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 12: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) stands with with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during talks as U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft looks on May 12, 2015 in Sochi, Russia. Kerry is in Russia to discuss the crisis in Ukraine the Russian President. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) at the presidential residence Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi on May 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSHUA ROBERTS (Photo credit should read JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
US.Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) watch as members of the US and Russian delegations place red flowers at the Zakovkzalny War Memorial in Sochi on May 12, 2015. Kerry began high stakes talks in the Russian resort of Sochi Tuesday aimed at pushing President Vladimir Putin to fully implement a shaky Ukraine ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSHUA ROBERTS (Photo credit should read JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
US.Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) watch as members of the US and Russian delegations place red flowers at the Zakovkzalny War Memorial in Sochi on May 12, 2015. Kerry began high stakes talks in the Russian resort of Sochi Tuesday aimed at pushing President Vladimir Putin to fully implement a shaky Ukraine ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSHUA ROBERTS (Photo credit should read JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
US.Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) lay a wreath at the Zakovkzalny War Memorial in Sochi on May 12, 2015. Kerry began high stakes talks in the Russian resort of Sochi Tuesday aimed at pushing President Vladimir Putin to fully implement a shaky Ukraine ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSHUA ROBERTS (Photo credit should read JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
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