Vladimir Putin is preparing to dramatically quit the Kremlin and hand over to a trusted crony, according to a explosive letter revealed during a parliament meeting. The bombshell letter, which visibly shocked President Putin when it was read out, claims the strongman leader is ready to anoint the speaker of the Russian parliament Vyacheslav Volodin as his chosen successor.
In a crazy twist of international events, Russia's state-owned oil company Rosneft might end up owning Citgo, a US energy company based in Houston, Texas. This isn't a direct takeover. Instead, it hinges on the ability of Venezuela's state-run oil company to pay back its Russian loan. The Venezuelan company owns Citgo, which was used as collateral for the loan.